Having been in the care profession for around thirty years, I have gained a huge amount of knowledge and insight into what makes a person feel safe and content. I began my career working in special care with children that had both physical and mental learning difficulties. From here I worked with young adults with disabilities, offering a wide variety of activities and life skills plus creating and directing shows enabling people to shine like the stars they all truly were.
As a Production Manager for adults with a variety of disabilities, producing hand block and screen printing I was able to encourage and develop people and support them as they grew in confidence. Building up relationships with local business people who would offer work experience as a stepping stone into the local work place.
For six and a half years I worked with men and woman living with mental health issues within a secure environment, a role I also enjoyed very much. Moving on from there I ran a Day Centre for the more mature and elderly offering activities and lunch. I also spent time managing all aspects of a lunch club from the ordering of food to the entertainment and staffing. Over the past six years I have been part of the private nursing home sector as Activity Manager and now Dementia Care Manager. Within this role I am able to create a stimulating environment for the people that live with us and also offer Dementia care training, one to ones for staff and support in the special way that we care for people.
More recently having launched a dementia Day Centre that creates a great platform for people who may wish to join us permanently in the future.
My passion for caring and people I hope always shines through and although the path has been a long one it has given me so much in return and continues to do so.
Dementia Care has changed a lot over the past few years and at last people are being cared for in a respected, individual and dignified way allowing them to FEEL safe and secure and the people that care for them to recognise the fact that feelings will remain no matter what part of the dementia journey the person is on.
People may not remember what you did or what you said, But they will always remember how you made them feel.