Sarah S.
£130/day
personal carer
Royal tunbridge wells
Has a car

DBS check approved

Renewal date: Nov 2019

Speaks English
Has a Car
Has Driver’s License

I’ve now got over 3 years experience as a live-in carer/companion looking after people with dementia, Alzheimer’s and ideally this would be the type of work I am looking for. I got into care work by chance when a friend asked me if I could help look after her parents and I really enjoyed it. I think this is a specialised area requiring a greater level of skill and my training as a counsellor has definitely been a plus.

I enjoy my work and regard it as a privilege. I’m reliable, patient, empathic, trustworthy, have good listening and communication skills and am able to remain calm in stressful situations. In addition to being upbeat and positive I’m told I’ve got a great sense of humour.

I’m a mother of three children who have now flown the nest. I have a wide range of interests including sport – I play tennis and golf. I enjoy cooking, gardening, reading, doing crosswords and listening to Radio 4. I regularly visit art galleries, exhibitions in London and I enjoy socialising and seeing my friends and family.

I'm available after the 12th March so please get in touch if you're looking for a carer and we can arrange a call.

Reviews 2
Sarah looked after my mother Alyson Bowman-Vaughan for the last six months of her life in 2014. My mother lived alone having been widowed the previous year. At 86, her world had fallen apart when my step-father died. This was probably the first time she had lived alone. She suffered from dementia and confusion. She had severe mobility problems and was incontinent. Sarah was responsible for caring for my mother during the mid week. She would arrive early on Tuesday morning and stay with her until the end of day Thursday. She made sure my mother was safe and that she ate properly and kept her company. She attended to her toilet needs, kept the house clean and did the laundry. Sarah let me know if there were any medical worries and ensured my mother took her medication. Sarah would take her to appointments and encourage my Mother to engage in life from doing the crossword or discussing the news. Throughout the period Sarah was professional, kind calm and very patient. She made a challenging situation much easier for our family. She was extremely trustworthy and always cheerful. I'd definitely recommend her to others who are in need of help.
Previous Client
Jan 1st, 2017
I'm very happy to confirm that Sarah worked as a companion and then carer for my mother for eighteen months up until my mother passed away at the end of July this year. My mother suffered from dementia which advanced steadily throughout the period Sarah was with us. , eventually necessitating 24/7 care. When Sarah first joined us, mother was still pretty active and Sarah would regularly walk the dog with her, accompany her to the hairdressers, shops and cook with her. Later, she would take her to specialist singing and dancing classes and other events run by the Alzheimer's society which created a sense of activity and purpose to each day. As mother's dementia became more advanced, Sarah adapted with ease to whatever was required according to mother's mood which changed daily. Eventually Sarah's duties included washing mother daily, washing her clothes as required, cooking for her and dealing with doctors and local authority visits as well as administering medication. Sarah stuck at the job throughout and particularly during the difficult last six weeks of mother's life when she was bed bound before becoming virtually unconscious for the last three days. Sarah took every day in her stride and was totally professional throughout. During our employ, Sarah was honest, reliable and upbeat. She has great sympathy with the complexities of dementia and how it effects both the patient and the surrounding family and I would have no hesitation in recommending her to any family in the same situation as ours.
Previous Client
Jan 1st, 2017
Condition Expertise
Visual Impairment
Depression
Schizophrenia
Autism
Multiple sclerosis
Orthopaedic Injuries
Alzheimer's Dementia
Vascular Dementia
Parkinson's disease
Spinal Injury Care
Terminal Illness
Anxiety
Eating Disorder
Physical Disability
Cancer
Deafness
Skills
Administration
Shopping
Cleaning
Doing Laundry
Dressing and Undressing
Personal Grooming and Hygiene
Toileting
Eating and Drinking Assistance
Medication Prompting
Moving and Handling
Personal Assistance
Attending Appointments
Gardening
Driving Licence
Driving Licence (with Car)
Wheelchair Assistance
Physical Activities
Doing Errands
Education
The Consultus Certificate
Consultus, 2016
Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling (BACP accredited)
The Counselling Centre, Tunbridge Wells, 2011