DBS check approved
Renewal date: Dec 2018
I have worked for the last 23 months supporting a 91 year old client with complex vascular dementia and Alzheimer's disease. His increasingly diminished swallowing capabilities have required him to be fed with only pureed foods and soups all of which I have made from scratch using only fresh organic ingredients. Other than providing personal care I also supported my client to enjoy a family holiday in the French Alps, numerous gallery and museum visits as well as riverside walks and boat trips. I have also worked in partnership with him to restore much of his beautiful landscaped garden.
Previously I cared for my mother who was terminally ill with cancer as well as suffering from Alzheimer's whilst at the same time supporting my father who was paralysed from the waist down and partially sighted as a result of a car accident. Both my parents were incontinent and needed assistance with all aspects of personal care as well as household management, cooking and shopping. My father was catheterised.
Previously, I have enjoyed a 30 year professional career at Director level in a variety of both adult and children's hospice services. I took semi retirement in 2012 and moved to Spain. I now divide my time between live in care assignments and running an online business.
I'm a resourceful and compassionate carer who tries at all times to support a client to live on their own terms supporting them to make the most of each day. I'm patient and comfortable around severe late stage dementias, dysphagia and end of life care. I try to ensure that I am able to engage those I work with in the activities they prefer. I'm in good health and have a good sense of humour.
I enjoy cooking and gardening and have used these skills to great effect with clients. I enjoy theatre, films, art, crafts, knitting and sewing.
I'm looking for live in care opportunities preferably in London or Bristol but happy to travel anywhere in the UK. I'm currently not available for work until the end of July 2018.