Hello, let me introduce myself, I’m Karen Woodger founder of Hair, Care and Dementia.
I’m a professional specialist hairdresser to clients living with dementia and physical health limitations. My work is my passion and this is how it all began …
I hadn’t set out to be a hairdresser working with dementia patients. Some years earlier my Grandmother was admitted into a local care home following a fall and breaking her hip. I used to visit her regularly and after Gran being there a few months, the matron of the home asked me if I knew of any hairdressers as the current one was moving to Devon.
I hesitated at first, before admitting to her that I was actually a hairdresser and maybe I could come in and do my Grandmother and a few of the other residents hair. I say hesitated because, I wasn’t really sure if cutting old folks hair was really my thing. I can remember my uneasiness of walking into the room and seeing little old ladies wandering around with white tight set hair and thinking, apart from Grannies hair, I’m not sure I can do this.
Fortunately, I soon realised that it was a privilege to be interacting with these wonderful characters with so many stories to tell, and how much it meant to them having their hair done. I discovered this was a whole new side of hairdressing, and I wanted to be part of it and learn everything I could working as a hairdresser to elderly residents. I have my Granny Beatie to thank for setting me on this path and I’ve never looked back.