At Friary Meadow, we’re delighted to have the opportunity to get to know our esteemed manager, Stella, a little better.
In our article, Stella discusses her journey and career in care, delving into her background and revealing her favourite parts of her role.
Tell us a little bit about yourself. What’s your name, and what’s your role at Friary Meadow?
My name is Stella Radeva and I’m the general manager at Friary Meadow.
How long have you been part of the Friary Meadow team?
I joined the Friary Meadow family at the very start of their journey. I started when it was still a building site back in 2019!
My career in care began when I started nursing in native Bulgaria in 1984, until 1990. I then moved to Germany and started working in a care home in 1991.
From there, I worked my way up to become a care home manager in 2003, specialising in dementia care. I then became a registered estate manager at YourLife Management Services in 2012, before joining Friary Meadow in 2019.
What prompted you to join a retirement development as the next step in your career?
I liked the concept of supporting people during the late stage of their lives, without institutionalising them.
Can you tell us more about what your average day looks like at Friary Meadow?
My average day at Friary Meadow is unpredictable. When I come into the village each morning, I never know what might happen!
My responsibilities are to make sure the homeowners are well and safe. This involves making sure the systems and human resources run without failure by communicating with other teams – such as the sales team, health care professionals, and contractors. The pandemic has seen an increase in my daily tasks, too.
What’s the most rewarding part of working in this industry?
It’s rewarding to be able to participate in people’s lives.
Have you had any particularly memorable experiences with a resident or colleague? If so, can you give a few details?
Thanks to COVID-19, I think the whole of 2020 (and some of 2021) will be memorable, considering the challenges and obstacles we’ve all faced!
One of our most stressful experiences was when one of our colleagues tested positive for COVID-19 and had to take time off work. Luckily, there were no other cases; after 10 days we were able to resume normal routines, and residents were slowly able to regain their confidence.
What makes Friary Meadow unique to other retirement developments?
Friary Meadow is unique because of the location and the people.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
The different dynamics and the versatility associated with it.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? What are your hobbies?
My hobbies include cooking, dancing, reading, and walking in the park.
Can you sum up Friary Meadow in 3 words?
Tranquility, security, and care.
We’d like to say a big thank you to Stella for her time. If you’d like more information about careers in care, take a look at our jobs page.
Alternatively, if you’d like to find out more about our care, do contact a member of our team.