Thursday 3rd February 2011 by C. Freeman
Ms Paula Dutton, the manager of a local care home, told Health and Social Care students at Brooke Weston about the practicalities of caring for elderly people with differing needs.
Ms Dutton, who works at Sandalwood Court in Oakley Vale, also took part in a question and answer session before handing out documentation for the Year 13 students. Sandalwood Court, which was built four years ago, provides care for 60 people aged 65 and over, many with dementia, physical disabilities or mental health needs.
Ms Dutton, accompanied by colleague Stuart Tyrer, spoke of the need for ‘person-centred care’, empowering residents and giving them the best opportunities possible: ‘Those who work with the elderly need to have the right values, to believe they can make a difference. They need to be committed to protecting vulnerable people on the slightest thing, everything they do while on shift is an act of protection and promoting people’s rights. If they don’t feel that in their hearts they won’t be able to do the job. They have to genuinely care, not just about looking after people, but also enabling them to live with dignity.’