I've been a support worker with a client who has Dementia for over 2 years now, the first 1.5 years being live-in. My role mainly involves providing company, appropriate intellectual stimulation, conversation and safety, for example accompanying her to art therapy and dance classes, appointments, and maintaining her sense of independence and dignity in a safe, supportive manner. I cooperate closely with her husband to continually review and adapt her activities appropriately as her condition progresses, and consider myself to be very much part of the family team in this respect.
I have additional experience through an agency of working with other Dementia clients in a similar role. I also work as a carer for a client with Parkinson's. I provide mobility and toileting assistance, prepare lunch, go for walks with the wheelchair, and in addition one of the most important attributes of my role is to provide stimulating intellectual conversation and interesting company. This aspect of my work is something I value highly and find very rewarding.
I'm a good 'people reader', i.e. I'm able to intuit what people need in order to feel at their most comfortable. This is something I genuinely like to provide and I think comes from seeing and being interested in each client as a unique individual.
I write freelance part time, mostly internet journalism and performance poetry. I have a keen interest in the arts and literature. I enjoy reading, cooking, galleries and music. I'm particularly interested in health humanities and hope to combine writing and therapy professionally. I consider companion and care work to be an important part of this career path.
I'm available Mondays, Fridays (daytimes) and weekends.
Please get in touch if you are looking for an experienced carer in the Peckham area.