Karolina Bialecka-Sokol has been appointed Head of Home at Beaufort House, one of two residential care homes owned and run by R.A.B.I.
“The home is outstanding, so it’s a big responsibility,” said Karolina, who replaces Susan Dean at the Burnham-on-Sea home. Sue was in charge at Beaufort for around 20 years.
“When I first saw the place I couldn’t believe it. I’ve never seen an organisation like it. It’s a home for life.”
Karolina has extensive experience in managing care homes. Before joining R.A.B.I, she worked as the registered manager of a large care home in Taunton, which supported people with a range of needs including dementia. Prior to that role, she was responsible for an 80-bed home in Bristol.
“Care is a field I find challenging and stimulating. It’s something I’ve always been interested in,” she said. “I have a background in social work. In Poland, I was a support worker for homeless people, helping them apply for funds. I also studied sociology and psychodynamic therapy there.
“I came to England seven years ago and have worked supporting people in long-term unemployment. I’ve gained experience in safeguarding, contracts and compliance and have worked closely with local authorities and the Care Quality Commission.”
Since her arrival, Karolina has relished the warm atmosphere at Beaufort. She added: “The staff here are so reliable. I have the help of a fantastic team and the wider support of the charity and I feel privileged to work with people who are so dedicated. It’s every care home manager’s dream.
“The residents and their families are also exceptional and they’ve been very welcoming. Part of the reason I’m in this industry is because I like having a large family. The residents are like a family, they give me so much.”
Beaufort House was rated ‘outstanding’ by CQC inspectors and Karolina wants to ensure the home’s high standards are maintained. She said: “My main goal for Beaufort is to continue to deliver the highest quality support possible. I also want to give staff opportunities to gain more experience, because they really are the heart of the place.”