Sunrise of Elstree
Meet our team
One of the reasons why every Sunrise home is much more than just a care home is the team of people working there. Every hour of every day, Sunrise team members are working to make sure that our residents enjoy life as fully as possible.
Here are just a few of the people you’ll find at your local Sunrise care home.
Debbie Armstrong, General Manager
I first started working in elderly care in 1986 and have evolved and grown within the sector because of the genuine passion I have to care for the wonder that is our elderly generation. They deserve nothing but the best and as General Manager at Sunrise it is my responsibility to provide strong and focused leadership to ensure the highest standards of care are delivered. I have a strong, experienced and enthusiastic management team who support me to promote good education, guidance and enthusiasm to all team members working within the community. It is my responsibility to ensure that the community remains compliant, effective, treats our residents with respect and dignity and most of all makes Sunrise of Elstree a happy place to live and work.
Sinead Brown, Activities Co-ordinator
I have been with Sunrise for 8 years and joined the Activities Department in 2018. The role of Activities Co-ordinator is immensely rewarding. I enjoy very much getting to know our residents and their families, who we encourage to join in with activities and events throughout the year. Listening to our residents life stories is both interesting and advantageous, finding out what really makes them tick helps us ensure our activity programme provides a range of activities that stimulate the mind and body. We have a great team here at Elstree and it's a privilege to be a part of it.
Kate Lester, Reminiscence Co-ordinator
I started working for Sunrise in 2010 in Edgbaston, Birmingham after graduating from the University of Birmingham with a BSc (Hons) Human Biology. I have since completed a Dementia Mapping Course through the University of Bradford and completed a Masters in Dementia Studies in 2019. I am passionate about dementia care and providing person-centred care to our residents as well as providing support to family members. I find my job as Reminiscence Coordinator hugely rewarding and it is great to work with such a caring team.
Kanchan Khattri, Business Office Co-ordinator
I have been working in a care setting for 20years and it's been the best choice I made. I had the privilege to grow up with my grandparents around me and cared for my mother therefore to me the elderly will always be my family and as such it felt special walking into Sunrise of Elstree eighteen months ago. My role as BOC is central to all other departments ensuring the administration function continues to flow smoothly. I am committed to helping the dedicated team, residents and families giving my best at all times. It is always a pleasure when a resident knocks on my door with a query or stops for a chat in the corridor, I enjoy listening to them, I respect them and am always happy to help and bring a smile.
Simona Ciuperca, Assisted Living coordinator
My name is Simona Ciuperca and I am the Assisted Living Coordinator at Sunrise Senior of Elstree. I started with Sunrise Senior Living in January 2021 and I am very happy to call Sunrise of Elstree home. I first started working in Care Industry in 2010 initially as a Registered General Nurse. Since then I have grown and developed in the management area, completing my QCF Level 5 in Health and Social care and Leadership.
I feel very passionate about resident’s care and ensuring that high standards are reached and maintained. Every resident living in our community has a voice and we are here to support their choices while respecting their dignity and providing them with the support they need to start a new life at Sunrise of Elstree.
As someone who likes to be challenged and has a proven aptitude for providing a high level of professional care with a truly resident- focused approach, I am now excited to utilize my management expertise and significant nursing skills to ensure our residents enjoy the best possible lifestyle. I will always welcome and encourage involvement in our home from the friends and relatives of our residents, so please contact me at any time to discuss any suggestions you may have.
Dariusz Zmuda, Head Chef
I discovered my passion for food at the age of 12, while watching my mom creating meals for friends and family. Seeing how much love and care she puts in every dish using only home grown products drew me in. My professional career started in 2004. I expand my experience and knowledge by working for hotels, care and educational sector. I love traveling and being exposed to such a variety of cuisines round the world. I was lucky to join Sunrise team in 2008. Ever since, I enjoy every moment of my work.
Mircea Pasca, Maintenance Co-ordinator
I am really pleased and honoured to have joined the elite team of Sunrise of Elstree as a Maintenance Coordinator- a year ago, a team which really listens and gets involved in day by day life. During my career of over 15 years in care system, I gained a vast experience and knowledge, I am happy to apply my DIY skills in a place which I consider not just my second home, but, my second safe and comfortable one for me and everybody that lives and visit our community.
Interacting with residents, having a laugh, a discussion, it really does make a difference in our and their life. Every day is different, every day makes my day. Home is where the heart and my toolbox is.
Georgina Amoah, Head of housekeeping
I’m honoured to work in a great organisation such as Sunrise Senior living. I have worked for 9years and 8 months and I’m passionate of delivering high quality of service and very strict on infection control. I have a great and dedicated team under me which I’m very proud of. My goal is to ensure that everywhere in the community is clean, tidy and our residents are safe from contracting infections.