A day in the life of our Head Dementia Trainer

2018-02-06T14:07:45+00:00 January 9th, 2018|Categories: Live-in Care, Live-in Care Jobs UK|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment
HELEN DRAIN
HELEN DRAIN Deputy Training Team Leader, Christies Care
Hello, I’m Helen Drain. As lead dementia trainer here at Christies Care, I never know what the day will bring. What I do know is that it will be rewarding, helping clients with dementia and their carers to have a happy and fruitful time.

Here I describe a typical day – a mix of training and helping carers.

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started the day checking emails then got down to work, taking the induction carers through their first bit of training on disability awareness. before heading back to my desk for a chat with the rest of the team to discuss our work rota for the day and then on to checking dementia journals from last week’s course.

I received a message asking if I could call a carer to offer advice concerning a very positive lady (J) living with Alzheimer’s. This lady had always been busy, helping to run the family business. She is still very active and is keeping the carer on her toes. The Carer was running out of activity ideas for J so we chatted about looking back through the ‘bookcase of life’, remembering that activities had to be ‘fit for purpose’. We eventually came up with a few ideas, which involved helping with the housework. Our thought being that J has always been house-proud, she still can be useful keeping the house clean, it keeps her as active as possible, and helps her be as independent as she can be. The carer will try this out, and then will call me in a few days to let me know if our ideas are working.

The afternoon was spent going through some risk assessments and emails before once again going back into training.

Back at my desk I find yet more emails to check, one in particular caught my eye. It was from a carer I had talked to last week to discuss a way to help Mrs S to accept assistance with personal care. Just an update to say all is going really well which was a relief because it is this type of call that I get most. Few people are happy with someone else giving them personal care, so it can be tricky. Of course, usually the biggest hurdle is the carer and client getting to know each other, and looking at the way personal care is approached. That’s why I’m so glad to hear when a client has built up a good relationship with her team of carers, all of whom she knows and likes.

Sometimes it is easy to find a solution but other times it can take a while. Lots of trial and error until we hit on something that works for that particular client, however, more often than not simplicity is the key (as it is with most things).

So, that takes me to the end of the day. Certainly busy, certainly unpredictable. And certainly fun.

The ‘Bookcase of Life’ analogy explained

One Comment

  1. Tania January 11, 2018 at 1:43 pm

    I love the term ‘Bookcase of life’. So friendly and reassuring.

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