Life, love and laughter.
She has a special and enduring interest in the care of support of people living with dementia, their families, and the staff who work alongside them. She is especially motivated by an interest in how people in receipt of care and support spend their day; she believes creating opportunities for meaningful interaction and companionship is central to good quality care and support In all settings.
I retired in 2013 and since then have joined the boards of a couple of smaller Care Home companies in the South East, am a member of the board of a start-up company that initially provided coaching to staff in care homes but is now expanding to help sellers and purchasers of care homes. I joined Napa as a Trustee in 2018 and I am honoured to have been elected as Chairman of the organisation in 2020. I hope that the experience I have gained during my career will help the new executive team to extend the influence of NAPA as a force for good in the wider care sector over the next few years and I am really looking forward to working with both my fellow Trustees and the executive team.
For over 10 years I have lived in a beautiful part of West Yorkshire on the edge of both the Dales and Leeds and I am happy to take advantage of all that both the countryside and the city have to offer. I follow my football team around the country, take far too many photographs for the health of my hard drive and spend a lot of time travelling on the East Coast line into Kings Cross visiting my children, all three of whom live in London.
It is fabulous to see the changes that have taken place within care home services – especially in terms of meeting intellectual needs. The most successful services understand the importance of providing opportunities that help people remain engaged with ‘life’. Participating in fun and interesting things to do every day.
Much of my work has been in developing the quality of life for people who live with dementia. As well as training care teams in the provision of dementia care I introduced the Bucks Dementia Care Forum. This is a forum that provides an educational and supportive resource for anyone involved with or affected by dementia.
I am a social worker by profession with a post graduate diploma in dementia studies, an advanced dementia care mapping certificate and training qualification with Dementia Care Matters.
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