It’s More Than Just a Job
Sheenagh Young, describes why she loves her work in Family Living at Middleton Hall
“One of the main qualities you need to do this role is to be able to see our residents as people rather than as someone with dementia. They’re people who just need a bit more support and that’s why we call family living a home from home. Whatever they were achieving or enjoyed doing at home, we’re making it possible for them to do it here.
Just like in a family home, everyone gets involved in some way, whether it’s deciding on what you want for tea, baking a cake, a spot of gardening or sorting out the daily laundry.
Everyone is treated individually and we make sure that hobbies and interests that matter to that person are a regular feature. People feel safe and we support them to keep their confidence levels up.
Recognising the wealth of experience that relatives have about their loved ones enables us to tap into their knowledge and find out as much as we can about the person with dementia.
“The important thing is that it’s nice and calm and relaxed here. The staff love it because you can make a difference to people. The fact that we have smaller group living means we’re like a close-knit family – you really get to know the residents and understand what their needs are. Some residents love to bake; there is nothing nicer than the smell of freshly baked cakes and residents love to eat the snacks they’ve helped to make.
“Music is also hugely important. All of our residents have their own music playlists and it’s not just about songs they like, it could be a song which was played at their wedding or which reminds them of a certain time in their life. Music has such a positive effect as it can shift moods and stimulate interaction. Residents often use headphones to keep it personal and so no one else can hear. One resident sits a lot, but when we put her music on her feet start tapping and she starts to smile. It’s moments like that which make you realise how much you love your job. What’s also so rewarding is seeing the difference you can make in someone’s life, not only with our residents but their relatives too”
“Middleton Hall is excellent for the training and support they give to staff. It spends a lot of time finding the right people to work here because they do invest a lot in you. You have to care. You have to want to make a difference. With a lot of people it’s a job but it’s not about that here – it’s so much more than a job. I can’t imagine working anywhere else.”
If you want to make a difference and wish to work in a rewarding working environment, come along to the recruitment event, either on Saturday 7th January at 10.00am – 12.00noon or on Thursday 12th January 4.30pm – 7.00pm.