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Surprise party for Swaffham nursing home manager




The manager of nursing home received a surprise party to celebrate her 15th anniversary of service.

Joanna Jankowska joined Meadow House nursing home in Swaffham in 2005 and has worked in a number of care roles before being promoted to the position of home manager in 2017.

Home administrator, Caroline Cryan, arranged an afternoon party as a surprise for Mrs Jankowska this month, in which a special cake was made and music was performed by local entertainer Chris Wilson.

A surprise party for Meadow House home manager Joanna Jankowska. Picture: SUBMITTED
A surprise party for Meadow House home manager Joanna Jankowska. Picture: SUBMITTED

Mrs Jankowska said: “I had no idea what was being planned and was very intrigued as to why Gordon [Cochrane CEO] was making a special visit to see us, so I was thrilled by the effort that went into marking my long service.

“I often speak of the Meadow House family and I honestly see my role here as being far more than a job. I’m proud and privileged to work here with our wonderful residents and team and I look forward to many more years with them.”

She originally joined as a care assistant, before receiving a promotion to senior carer. With an opportunity available to support the home’s physiotherapist, Mrs Jankowska became a physio assistant and also supported the home’s activities function.

Joanna Jankowska is pictured in the centre with CEO Gordon Cochrane and administrator Caroline Cryan. Picture: SUBMITTED
Joanna Jankowska is pictured in the centre with CEO Gordon Cochrane and administrator Caroline Cryan. Picture: SUBMITTED

Her talents were recognised and when the position of Regional Support Worker became available, she was asked to apply, before becoming home manager in 2017.

Healthcare Homes Group CEO Gordon Cochrane visited the home to present Mrs Jankowska with her long service badge, certificate and gifts.

Mr Cohrane said: "It was a pleasure to spend the afternoon at Meadow House, marking this wonderful milestone for Joanna.

“Along with her team, Joanna goes above and beyond to support her residents, and the positive atmosphere throughout the home is testament to the fantastic culture she creates.

“I’d like to personally thank Joanna for her years of service to Meadow House; we’re all incredibly grateful for the difference and impact she makes.”

A spokeswoman for the home added: "Residents thoroughly enjoyed celebrating with Joanna throughout the afternoon, with the bar open and music performed by local entertainer Chris Wilson."

The event was held outside with face masks for safety reasons.

Meadow House, which is part of the Healthcare Homes Group, is rated as ‘outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission, and provides specialised residential and nursing care to up to 38 people, most of whom have complex physical disabilities.

It is based on Norwich Road in Swaffham. For more information on the home, visit www.healthcarehomes.co.uk or call 01760 725146.



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