Dan Stevens, Support Worker, The Marshes
Dan has worked with Regard since 2005. He says:
“I chose Regard as an employer, because I liked what I heard about them. I was impressed by the service and what I saw inside – it was a purpose-built environment, a very friendly atmosphere, and the individuals were very well provided for. “
Dan goes on to describe his typical day:
“The early shift starts at 7am with a relaxed cup of tea. We get a handover from the night staff, and then attend to the primary needs of people we support as they wake up, such as taking them to the bathroom for a wash and making sure they’re safe. Some people like nice music on the radio, others prefer silence.
“I then help them select which clothes they’d like to wear for the day, and depending on the weather. The person then chooses which type of breakfast they’d like to eat, and after breakfast I assist with giving morning medicine if appropriate.
“After breakfast, the people we support either relax, or get involved in activities of their choice, which I help them with. This might include attending communication workshops, playing games, going on trips around the county, going shopping, or anything else planned in their weekly schedules. We do activities that are real, rather than just for appearance.
“At dinner time, some of the individuals enjoy helping to prepare dinner and lay the tables – they like to get involved in communal activities, and I assist them in doing this.
“Afterwards, some people like to go to the pub, where they’re fondly known by the locals. At Regard we treat people as individuals. We judge the value of activities by asking: “does this meet their individual needs, and make them smile?”
“What I like most about my job is that I can make the people I care for l happy, and help them feel good about themselves!”
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