Dean Bosher has been a member of the team at SweetTree since 2011. As dementia service manager he has responsibility for the smooth day-to-day running of the specialist dementia care team.
Dementia care provided by SweetTree is focused on providing holistic, high quality, person-centred care that support clients and their families. Team members understand the challenges that families can face following a diagnosis, but also recognise that with professional support and the right care team, individuals can remain active and fully supported at home.
As much importance is placed on supporting families through the progression of dementia as is placed on supporting clients, as the health and happiness of family caregivers is critical to the wellbeing of a loved one with dementia.
Here, Dean reveals all about how he first entered the care sector, what he thinks it takes to be a carer and how rewarding it can be.
How long have you worked in the care sector? I started working in a private care home when I was 17 and have now been working in the sector for over 25 years. My mother was a sheltered housing officer so I had been around care homes all my school life.
What do you most enjoy about your job? I feel very passionately about the role that high quality care can play in helping people with dementia to continue to enjoy life. A dementia diagnosis can be challenging and confronting, but with the right care and support people can live well with dementia.
I feel honoured to work with people affected by dementia, and my greatest passion has always been ensuring that those we support continue to life a full and active life. I truly believe that people can live well with dementia – and it’s my job to ensure they do!
What is a typical day like for you? There is no such thing as a typical day! It can be a challenge but making a difference in someone’s life means it is also very rewarding.
What is the hardest thing? The death of a client is always very hard. We build strong relationships with our clients and to lose them is always difficult. The only comfort we can take is knowing that we have helped improve their life and been there for them when they most needed it.
What does it take to be a carer? Sadly, one of the biggest challenges faced by those working in the care profession today is how undervalued they can be. Being a carer is often viewed as a job that just about anybody can do, but that’s simply not the case. Without carers our loved ones would not have the support they need. The job carers do goes far beyond simply carrying out domestic tasks.
Carers don’t enter the profession for the pay cheque, they do it to make a difference and because they are caring, understanding people.
SweetTree is proud to again be supporting The Alzheimer’s Show, which this year will be taking place at Olympia London exhibition halls, on Friday 10 and Saturday 11 June 2016. The dementia care team will be managing a number of key show features, including the SweetTree Quiet Lounge, which will offer tranquillity and timeout from the busy exhibition space for those with dementia. They will also be managing a programme of practical activities workshops, offering visitors ideas for how they may help improve and enhance the lives of those they care for with dementia.
For more details, or to talk to us about our dementia care services, please call us on 020 7644 9554.