3 August 2022

People of Arcare – Valerie Stamoudis

Introducing Valerie Stamoudis, Residence Manager at Arcare Brighton. She has been working for Arcare for 6 years, she began at Arcare Malvern East as After-Hours Supervisor, then stepped up as a Nurse Unit Manager/Clinical Lead for 6 years and now as Residence Manager at Brighton. She is a positive and confident leader within her team and loves her role.


What do you enjoy about your role?

I enjoy doing my multi-faceted role as Residence Manager. My role empowers me to pursue my passion to help the elderly who are considered the vulnerable sector of society being at high risk for death or functional decline. I find joy and meaning for the opportunity to supervise, implement, coordinate and manage client care through personal interaction with clients, families, and team members.


How does this company differ from others you’ve worked for?

As a nurse by profession, my humbling experiences in Arcare started at Arcare Malvern East as After-Hours Supervisor, then stepped up as a Nurse Unit Manager/Clinical Lead for 6 years and now as Residence Manager at Brighton. Comparatively, Arcare makes a big difference because of the presence of a strong and healthy relationship between and among the employees. I can tell that there is trust and respect for each other that is why the camaraderie becomes strong and enduring and the employees are highly motivated to perform well. The good day to day experiences bring happy memories in the workplace.


What do you love about Arcare and working in Aged Care?

Aside from being a prestigious Aged Care facility, what I like about Arcare is that it provides a workplace where you find a feeling of community and there is that cascading culture of engagement from the management down to the staff. I believe that when everybody is highly engaged, it helps a lot in making the workload easier to manage. What I love about working in Aged Care is, there is a sense of purpose. Another great thing is the opportunity to care and connect with people in meaningful ways.


What are your favourite stories of working at your residence / with your team / with a client?

Just nearly five months of working as Residence Manager of Brighton, I am delighted to say that my day-to-day experiences had brought several stories that are worth keeping and sharing. My job is tough and challenging and that is why I make sure that I am always on top of every situation. Being engaged in all activities provided me the way to meet and deal with a wide variety of people. My personal and professional interactions with the clients and their families as well as the team had been very helpful to me because I learned something new every day. Generally, I love doing my job because despite the challenges, the rewards are huge: bundle of laughs and entertainment, pure joy, wisdom and deep understanding of the elderly people.


What tips or advice would you give to someone looking to work in Aged Care?

A career in Aged Care is all about the day-to-day realities of working with the elderly. Therefore, I would advise someone to have a compassionate heart for the elderly. They should be equipped with a great sense of respect, patience, understanding, resilience and an active mind and body to be able to do the job that would truly make a difference.


What are your hobbies? What do you enjoy doing outside of work?

During my time off, I indulge in the following hobbies & interests: baking, travelling and outdoor activities and adventures with my loved ones and friends and good music.


What is your special talent that you enjoy doing outside of work? How did you learn this talent?

Baking is my therapy. Aside from having a sweet tooth, it is fun! Thanks to my mum for her influence!


Can you share one fun fact about yourself? It could be an interesting experience that you had, a quirky talent or your favourite recipe.

I am not a professional dancer but play my favourite jam and I can dance the night away!