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Posted on May 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

Westmeria Nursing Centre proprietor David Francis talks to Caring Times editor Geoff Hodgson about working in partnership and survival in the changing landscape of long term care. Westmeria Nursing Centre proprietor David Francis has been involved in long term care of elderly people for 26 years. The involvement began when he was eight years old, giving out cups of tea to residents at a nursing home owned by his parents in South London. As a teenager David did handyman-type duties and gained more experience in managing the operation of the home. “My father felt it was very important for me to become familiar with every aspect of the business,” Mr Francis said. He also trained as a care worker and in 1990, at age 25, he took over the reins from his parents and increased the bed capacity of the Westmeria Nursing Centre nursing home in Bromley from 24 to 36 beds. “It was a long apprenticeship and I have seen a lot of changes in the last 10 years,” said Mr Francis, now 34, at his office in Beckenham . “One funda

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