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 – Rachael Clarke
Rachael is our Head of Care at Barton Lodge. She started her career in our domestic team in March 2013 and has since gone from strength to strength after being promoted multiple times, with her most recent promotion in January 2016! Rachael’s bubbly personality and hard work have helped her achieve her goals and her number one priority is to maintain the high standards of the home.
Rachael is well known by all residents and staff at Barton for her infectious laugh and booming personality. You won’t be able to miss her if you visit Barton! Our residents really do value her huge personality, sensitivity and kind natured quality and look forward to a good chat with her.
Rachael has achieved her level 2 and 3 diploma qualifications in health and social care and is continuing her passion for education and care by going on to complete her Level 5 QCF qualification.
In Rachael’s spare time, she loves to socialise with her friends and family and will grab any opportunity to dance the night away!
Head of Care – Susan Wiffen
Sue has over 30 years’ experience in care and decided very early on in her career that she would make it her goal to enhance services for those most vulnerable in our communities. Sue has achieved her level 5 QCF qualification. She also trained as a Chef and specialised in Nutrition for the Elderly and those living with Dementia.
Sue firmly believe that our communities and neighbourhoods play a big part in our lives and when we move into care, we should have the opportunity to continue those links. Sue started up the New Milton Dementia Action Group and this group continues to provide services for many people throughout the year including drop in café’s and community allotments.
Family and friends are very important to Sue. At home, Sue’s niece and nephew live with them and keep them very busy. Both children have become involved in her volunteering role and encourage other children to do the same.
In her spare time, Sue and her husband enjoy time by the sea and love eating out and trying new restaurants. She has a real love for animals and has rescued several over the years. Together with some chickens, rabbits, fish and parrots, she also has a rather large tabby girl, and a ginger boy with one eye, a long ginger tail and a serious limp!
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 Cafe and 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!
Chef – Carmen Moldovan
Carmen started working at Barton Lodge in December 2016 as a care assistant. Her real passion has always been cooking which came from her mother who is a professional chef. Her first role as a cook was 25 years ago when she would work with her mother doing contract catering (weddings).
Carmen has two grown up sons and in her spare time she likes to cook for herself and friends. She loves being so close to the sea and enjoys evening walks along the beach.
Chef – Jenny Lloyd
Jenny joined Barton Lodge in November 2012 as a Chef and has nearly 30 years of experience working for Care Homes. Jenny absolutely loves her work and cooking has been her passion since the age of 17 when she started her career as a chef.
Jenny makes the most delicious cakes and is certainly experimental with her desserts; her love for cooking is clearly evident when you taste her treats.
Jenny is considerate and mindful of various dietary requirements and makes a special effort to take the time out to talk to our residents and understand what they like to eat so she can implement their favorite dishes into her menu.
When Jenny isn’t cooking or baking, she loves to spend time in her garden and grows all of her own vegetables! She also enjoys crocheting and knitting in her spare time.