Kate’s new role at Alastrean

New manager at Alastrean House, Kate Saweres.
New manager at Alastrean House, Kate Saweres.

Kate Saweres has taken over as manager of Balhousie Care Group’s Alastrean care home in Tarland.

The home is set in its own grounds, surrounded by woodland, and was once the Scottish showpiece of the RAF Benevolent Fund, with which it maintains strong links.

Its team of staff cares for up to 44 residents, who enjoy a varied programme of events and activities.

Kate is a qualified nurse and worked in both the NHS and the private sector before moving abroad, where she worked in government and private hospitals in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and latterly Egypt.

She moved back to the UK in 2011 as a result of the revolution in Egypt and decided to move to Scotland to be close to her family.

Kate is looking forward to the challenge of her new role at Balhousie Care Group.

She said: “Now that I’m in post, my aim is to maintain the excellent level of nursing care, increase the community awareness of what we are doing at the home and to help the residents continue to live as full, independent and active life as possible.”

Sandra Ross, Director of Operations at Balhousie Care Group, said: “We are delighted to have appointed Kate as care home manager at Balhousie Alastrean Care Home and I’m sure she will be a great addition to the team.”

Outside of work, Kate enjoys spending time with her husband, Atef, and children Christopher and Elaine.

* Alastrean House was built in 1905 by Lord Aberdeen, as a country retreat for his wife, and was originally surrounded by 9,000 acres of agricultural land which made up the Cromar Estate. In 1984, Trustees offered the use of Alastrean House for a small consideration to the RAF Benevolent Fund for use as a retirement home and the house continued in this role. The Trustees then leased the house to the Balhousie Care Group.