our Team

Experienced staff are on duty 24 hours a day and have been carefully selected to provide a very high standard of care for our Residents whilst retaining an informal and homely atmosphere.
 Your own choice of General Practitioner and further support of District Nurses, Chiropodist, Dental Surgeon and other professions are also available if needed.

Siva Sripalan
Home Proprietor

Siva is also a Policy Advisor for the Cabinet Office in Central Government.

Siva has two years of experience working as a Clinical Admin Officer for Barnet Intermediate Healthcare Services.
His experience working for the National Health Service includes coordinating adult hospital discharges and putting in home care plans with Barnet Social Care Direct.

Siva is also NVQ Level 3 qualified in Health and Social Care.

Hari Shan
Home Proprietor
Hari is an experienced Care Provider
and Team Leader running another Care
Home  in Kent, with over a year of experience.  
He is also NVQ Level 5 qualified in Health & Social Care.

Julie Ward

Care Manager

Julie is a qualified nurse and has been the Care Manager at the Laurels since 2009.

With over 25 years experience in elderly care Julie is also qualified to D32/D33 NVQ Assessor and LMC4 Management.

Karen Drenthe


Karen is a Registered General Nurse, has been the Matron of the Laurels since 1997 and is directly responsible for resident care.

Karen also has a Diploma in Management, a Training Champion Award, D32/D33 NVQ Assessor and a Teaching Certificate.

Ceri Lewis

Care Administrator

Ceri has a Bachelor of Nursing (Hons)(Adult) degree and continues to be a
Registered General Nurse.

Ceri has 10 years experience working within the care sector, including previously working as a Carer within the Home, working within Cwm Taff Morgannwg University Health Board as a HealthCare Assistant, 5 years as a
practicing Registered General Nurse, a Clinical Auditor, a Clinical Administration Officer, bringing a variety of skills to her current post at the Home as Care Administrator.

  • The Laurels employs a dedicated team of carers, cooks and domestic staff, all trained and experienced in their area of work.
  • There are five senior carers all qualified to Level 3 NVQ/QCF in Care with many years experience between them, who deputise for Matron when required.
    Our carers are all qualified to minimum Level 2 NVQ/QCF in care or are presently studying for the award. 
  • Our senior cook has an Intermediate Certificate in Food Hygiene and Nutrition. All other staff (including carers) have a minimum of Level 2 in Food Hygiene.
  • All staff attend regular training courses throughout the year in relation to their roles, including Manual Handling, Dementia Care, Medication Administration, First Aid, Fire Prevention, COSHH and many others based around elderly care.
  • Some of the senior staff are also studying for or have achieved certificates in care management and business. 

Get in Touch

The Laurels Residential Care Home
23 Meirion Street
Aberdare CF44 8NH

Email: here
Tel:      01685 871218

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