MA. M., Dip. Geront., Cert. Dementia.
Manager of an intensive day centre for people with dementia
I remember when I was about five years old visiting my Nan at a day centre in Merton, run by the Co-op – it was in a church hall, there were activities, tea, cakes and the environment was warm and friendly. I remember feeling happy that my Nan was enjoying her day and knitting toys for the Christmas sale.
Interestingly, at the age of 22 I started my career in services for older people, in the borough of Richmond upon Thames, employed at three different day centres for older people before moving to a specialist day centre for people with dementia. I am currently Manager of an intensive day centre located in Ham, Richmond caring for people with moderate and advanced dementia. It is a large facility which has benefitted from investment and significant refurbishment following the publishing of the National Dementia Strategy in 2009.
I often reflect on my Nan how her care needs were met and think about how we provide care now and what will be required in the future and how I would like to be cared for