A CAREER carer has taken the helm at a Teesside care home – being appointed home manager following more than 30 years in the sector.

Jackie Rudd has taken the lead role at The Beeches Care Home, on Green Lane, Newtown, Stockton.

She started in the care sector when she was 16 and worked in the community helping those with supported living and mental health needs.

She later took a break from the care sector while starting and raising her family but returned full time as a care assistant in 2004. Jackie decided to use this opportunity to gain qualifications and achieved several NVQs.

She said: “When I was 16, I fell in love with looking after people who need help to take care of themselves. Residential care is very close to my heart, especially residential dementia care. I love to see residents laugh on a daily basis and I am an advocate for encouraging independence by offering a wide variety of choices, so people with dementia can still enjoy their hobbies."