Manager – Melanie Sellers
Melanie joined Barton Lodge in 2019 and has over 25 years experience in care. Melanie is very personable and passionate about caring for residents, maintaining the highest standards of care and prides herself on working alongside the team to get an insight into the daily lives of our residents.
Melanie holds qualifications in Health and Social care and has completed her Level 5 QCF. She continuously updates her knowledge and qualifications through her eagerness to better herself.
In her spare time Melanie enjoys spending time with her family and friends and enjoys music and travelling.
Head of Care – Lauren Moorehead
Lauren joined Barton Lodge as Head of Care at the beginning of 2020 and has become a wonderful addition to the team.
Lauren has several years’ experience working in care homes – having worked alongside the Head of Care at her previous home, which gave Lauren valuable insight into the managerial responsibilities of working as a senior carer. As well as this, Lauren holds a Level 3 Health and Social Care qualification and is working towards her Level 5 qualification.
Lauren has spent a lot of time getting to know the residents and their individual care needs. You can expect to see her around the home or out and about in the New Milton community, continuing to build the excellent relationships we have with local organisations.
Outside of work, Lauren plays darts twice a week, so we’re sure she will be getting involved in our regular activities! Lauren is also a big animal lover and she shares six cats with her partner.
Activities Coordinator – Barbara Almond
Barbara joined Barton Lodge in May 2014 and has a real passion for organising fun and entertaining activities. Her experience stems from her days as a Girl Guide leader and Scout leader bringing 19 years of experience to Barton Lodge. She really is an expert in her field!
Barbara’s warm, smiling and approachable character helps her build an excellent rapport with the residents and she loves seeing those smiles after an afternoon of activities! She genuinely thrives on the pleasure she feels when she sees the difference the activities make to the lives of our residents.
In her spare time, Barbara enjoys spending quality time with her family and has two dogs that keep her busy outside of work!
Activities Coordinator – Jenny Edge
Jenny’s first job when she left school was a Window Dresser with a well-known high street fashion retailer. Jenny then went on to achieve a City and Guilds in Floristry and run her own shop in Southbourne for five years. Jenny has N.V.Q 3 and 4 in Health and Social Care and has worked in a care home setting for more than twenty years. Activities has been a very important part of Jenny’s work.
Jenny is involved with the local Dementia Group and Café and is married with one son and three grandchildren which keep her busy. Jenny also has a Persian rescue cat named Dulcie Vita, who loves to visit the residents of Barton Lodge for cuddles.
Jenny’s hobbies include; reading, swimming, arts & crafts, aromatherapy and holistic therapies and she is just learning to knit!
Administrator – Jack Clark
Jack’s work background is in Payroll & Finance. Having worked in the corporate sector, public services and construction, this is Jack’s first venture into the care industry, and he absolutely loves it!
Jack’s role is to ensure the residents and their families feel supported. He has become a valuable member of the team and enjoys nothing more than having a chat with the residents as he walks through the Home.
In his spare time, Jack can often be found at the beach with an ice cream or having a swim in sea. He is married, with one daughter, and is a big Arsenal fan.
Head Chef – Ash
Ash started his career as an accountant in India, before travelling to the UK and beginning his career at Barton Lodge as our Kitchen Assistant. Through hard work and dedication, Ash has worked his way up to Head Chef.
Ash prides himself on creating delicious fresh food, with a menu inspired by our residents.
Ash is married, with a young daughter, and enjoys going to the seaside and the New Forest with them both.
Maintenance – Gavin
Gavin oversees the upkeep of our Home and our wonderful grounds at Barton Lodge. He specialises in landscaping and gardening, which is evident from the beautiful open space we have here. Gavin can turn his hand to just about anything and is a great addition to the team.
In his spare time, Gavin enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 children and getting out for walks in the New Forest. He also enjoys boxing and is an avid Manchester United fan.