Lisa Pickett, a highly valued member of the team at Signature at Camberley, has recently celebrated 35 years of service to countless residents in the community.
An extraordinary achievement, Lisa is a pivotal part of the team at Signature at Camberley, instrumental to the delivery of care and support to countless residents in the five different decades she has been at the care home.
Lisa began her journey in care back in 1987. While attending her cousin’s wedding, she got into conversation with somebody who mentioned that the then Abercorn House in Camberley, now Signature at Camberley, were recruiting. At the time Lisa was looking for her first job, and after hearing about this new opportunity at the care home she was encouraged to apply.
Little did she know at the time, but this was a decisive moment in her life.
35 years on, Lisa has not looked back since, proving to be a vital element to the continued success of Signature at Camberley. Lisa immediately fell in love with the role, inspired by the individuals she cared for and passionate about her role in a positive and purpose driven sector.
Naturally, Lisa can recall countless memories and cherished moments during her 35 years in social care, and one resident in particular whose story stood out and reached the nation’s TV screens.
She said: “This lady was 105 and had travelled to America. She wrote a book all about her life and nursing journey as she too had worked in the care industry. Her book was so successful that she went on to the Terry Wogan Show to talk about it- I was truly inspired by this woman and her life.”
When asked how the care home, and social care more broadly, has changed since she first entered the sector, Lisa said: “Over my years of working in care the needs of residents have increased massively. When I first started working at the care home, they were more residential, but nursing is now a key part of what we do here at Signature at Camberley.”
Speaking about her colleague’s incredible contribution, Edna Sandagon, Registered Nurse at Signature at Camberley, said:“We’re extremely proud of Lisa and her service not only to the care home and its residents over the years, but also social care more broadly. She is a true inspiration for everybody in our team and is a shining example of the long-lasting career that can be built at our care home. Throughout Signature Senior Lifestyle there is an ingrained culture that champions industry leading training and excellent benefits that supports and rewards the incredible work and dedication of people just like Lisa.”
“Lisa has always been a caring and compassionate person towards our residents, staff, and family members. She is a great asset to the team. She always brings a smile to everyone’s face, and it