Care is in my blood! All of my Adult life I have cared for people in a variety of different situations. I spent many years supporting children with Autism in an Educational setting before embarking on extensive training in Mental Health Challenges. This enabled me to support young people suffering with disorders including anxiety, depression and panic attacks. I found this work extremely rewarding and felt privileged to be able to make a difference to many people by giving them hope.
Some years ago my Grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. It was an extremely confusing and upsetting time for us as a family and unfortunately there was little Care or support available at the time. I vowed then that I would dedicate my working life to ensuring that other individuals and families would not experience the distress and loneliness that often accompanies a diagnosis of Dementia. I passionately believe that by taking time to listen to people’s fascinating histories and by carefully and thoughtfully devising person-centred, dignified Care clients can remain in the comfort of their own homes for a long as they choose.
Through my experience of caring for family members, both young and old, right up until the end of their life I knew that Care was the path for me. I became a Carer professionally and completed my Diploma in End of Life Care. This gave me invaluable knowledge combined with the experience needed to support those who were suffering with life-limiting and terminal illnesses. I feel honoured to have been a part of many people’s life journey ensuring they have a good quality of life without pain.
Having raised four children of my own I know that in caring for someone of any age it’s the little things that make all the difference; a smile, a cup of tea and a friendly, listening ear go a very long way! I thoroughly enjoy my role as Care Manager at Caremark Richmond and Hounslow because it gives me the opportunity to provide reassurance and peace of mind to the most vulnerable people in Society. Caremark hold the same values of integrity as me, going the extra mile to treat both its Clients and Carers with the utmost compassion and respect. I feel very proud to be part of this vision.