Vaccine News – Making a Difference

18 February 2021

We are pleased to report that all of our homes have now been offered vaccinations for both residents and our colleagues. Here we have one of our team members Maggie Lilley, who has received her Covid-19 vaccine and now wants to share her personal experience, and why it has made a difference to her.

Maggie has been with Quantum Care since its inception in 1992 and is one of our in-house Company Trainers, as well as being Quantum Care’s Unison Convenor. With the onset of the pandemic, in addition to carrying out her training and Unison duties, Maggie volunteered to work in her local care home in Stevenage, helping out with hairdressing and personal grooming as well as general duties around the home.

Maggie said “Although it’s a personal choice, having this vaccine has been the right decision for me. As a 69-year-old, I know that my age makes me more vulnerable to the illness, but the vaccine has made me feel so much more confident about working in care homes. I was a bit worried at first about possible side effects, but I’ve had no problems apart from a sore arm. Otherwise, I have felt absolutely fine”.

Maggie, who married her fiancé Ian (pictured) in September said “Throughout the pandemic, in my Unison role I have been supporting members who have been working in our homes. It’s been a really tough time for everybody; they are providing excellent care for the residents, who they love like family, but in some cases, they have not seen their own loved ones for some time now. Many have wanted to know how it was to have the vaccine, so I have been pleased to be able to give them some reassurance. My personal view is that I am really pleased that the vaccines are now being offered to our teams and residents to protect them from serious illness”.

“I am so proud to say that I work for Quantum Care and I can’t begin to tell you how I feel about my colleagues. Everybody says they are amazing and brilliant and worth their weight in gold. For me, they are worth their weight in the most precious of diamonds”.