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Karen m

Karen M

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332 miles away | Chichester, PO18

16 years of experience

8610+ hours worked

1 Recommendation

I have been a Healthcare Assistant with an NHS Trust for the 17 years, both within Psychiatric Intensive Care, Forensic and Dementia Assessment Units, as well as providing cover for Residential support and Adult Acute wards. Within this time, I have dealt with many aspects of challenging behaviour a...More I have been a Healthcare Assistant with an NHS Trust for the 17 years, both within Psychiatric Intensive Care, Forensic and Dementia Assessment Units, as well as providing cover for Residential support and Adult Acute wards. Within this time, I have dealt with many aspects of challenging behaviour and have been privileged to be involved with many service user's paths to recovery. I have looked after people with substance abuse issues and clients with Schizophrenia, depression and many other mental health diagnoses. My most recent position, working with acute dementia patients has been by far the most rewarding of my time in mental health care and has given me a greater knowledge base in physical care. I have 1 year's experience in live-in home care, during which, I had extensive experience in dealing with palliative care. During my time working for the Trust, I have been part of the team which was key in implementing the Care Zoning Process which was introduced Trust-wide before being presented in America, and have developed an interest in therapeutic interventions, such as helping clients achieve an understanding of their daily living skills, an understanding of a healthy diet, and helping them to recognise and develop any skills or interests they have beyond this. It's important to me that a service user recognise they have an identity that surpasses the sum of their mental or physical health diagnosis and helping them to embrace this can have a positive impact on helping them to achieve and maintain social inclusion. I consider myself a valued member of the team and, have always been able to slot in well on all the wards I have worked on, and whilst I have no desire to embark on my nursing training, I consider the post of Healthcare worker a valuable position in it’s own right. My strengths in working with one-to-one care, my close collaborations with the Occupational Therapy Department, and my ability to think on my feet, are traits that I am well known for. I have a natural passion for care, am compassionate toward my clients and have a calming personality for managing a client's agitation or anxiety. My experience, over the years, has led me to recognise the Live-in Care would be an ideal progression in which to fully implement the skills I have developed during my time working in the NHS. Having a close-knit family myself, I also recognise the value of home care in enabling the client to preserve the home life they richly deserve rather than having to face the upheaval of a residential home or long term hospital admission. Outside of work I have an avid interest in travel. I am an independent backpacker and try to travel at least once a year, as I enjoy experiencing the culture and often find that travelling 'off the beaten track' introduces basic challenges and experiences that a package holiday often will not. I feel that getting back to basics often provides me with a healthy and liberating balance away from work. I also occasionally work as a portrait artist but have not to date pursued this fully as I find my work in care far more rewarding, but still enjoy my creative pursuits on a personal level. I hope this statement gives an idea of both myself as a carer and who I am on a personal level, and I would be more than happy to expand on this further if I am considered as a candidate for this position. Thank you for taking the time to read this, Karen

Hourly

Daily

£17 per hour

Live-in

Part time

£150 per day

Full time

£1050 per week

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Enhanced

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I have been a Healthcare Assistant with an NHS Trust for the 17 years, both within Psychiatric Intensive Care, Forensic and Dementia Assessment Units, as well as providing cover for Residential support and Adult Acute wards. Within this time, I have dealt with many aspects of challenging behaviour a...More I have been a Healthcare Assistant with an NHS Trust for the 17 years, both within Psychiatric Intensive Care, Forensic and Dementia Assessment Units, as well as providing cover for Residential support and Adult Acute wards. Within this time, I have dealt with many aspects of challenging behaviour and have been privileged to be involved with many service user's paths to recovery. I have looked after people with substance abuse issues and clients with Schizophrenia, depression and many other mental health diagnoses. My most recent position, working with acute dementia patients has been by far the most rewarding of my time in mental health care and has given me a greater knowledge base in physical care. I have 1 year's experience in live-in home care, during which, I had extensive experience in dealing with palliative care. During my time working for the Trust, I have been part of the team which was key in implementing the Care Zoning Process which was introduced Trust-wide before being presented in America, and have developed an interest in therapeutic interventions, such as helping clients achieve an understanding of their daily living skills, an understanding of a healthy diet, and helping them to recognise and develop any skills or interests they have beyond this. It's important to me that a service user recognise they have an identity that surpasses the sum of their mental or physical health diagnosis and helping them to embrace this can have a positive impact on helping them to achieve and maintain social inclusion. I consider myself a valued member of the team and, have always been able to slot in well on all the wards I have worked on, and whilst I have no desire to embark on my nursing training, I consider the post of Healthcare worker a valuable position in it’s own right. My strengths in working with one-to-one care, my close collaborations with the Occupational Therapy Department, and my ability to think on my feet, are traits that I am well known for. I have a natural passion for care, am compassionate toward my clients and have a calming personality for managing a client's agitation or anxiety. My experience, over the years, has led me to recognise the Live-in Care would be an ideal progression in which to fully implement the skills I have developed during my time working in the NHS. Having a close-knit family myself, I also recognise the value of home care in enabling the client to preserve the home life they richly deserve rather than having to face the upheaval of a residential home or long term hospital admission. Outside of work I have an avid interest in travel. I am an independent backpacker and try to travel at least once a year, as I enjoy experiencing the culture and often find that travelling 'off the beaten track' introduces basic challenges and experiences that a package holiday often will not. I feel that getting back to basics often provides me with a healthy and liberating balance away from work. I also occasionally work as a portrait artist but have not to date pursued this fully as I find my work in care far more rewarding, but still enjoy my creative pursuits on a personal level. I hope this statement gives an idea of both myself as a carer and who I am on a personal level, and I would be more than happy to expand on this further if I am considered as a candidate for this position. Thank you for taking the time to read this, Karen

Specialist care

Early stage dementia Late stage dementia COPD Stroke Parkinson's disease Incontinence Physical disabilities Mental health Brain injuries Catheter care Palliative care Schizophrenia Huntingdon's disease Diabetes Arthritis Bipolar disorder Depression Epilepsy Visual and hearing impairments Self-harm Borderline personality disorder Stoma care Dysphagia Continence/incontinence Anxiety +22

Personal care

Dressing/undressing Bathroom assistance Personal care

Mobility assistance

Eating and drinking assistance Moving and Handling

Companionship and house tasks

Medical prompting Housekeeping Companionship Meal prep +2

Languages spoken

Interests and hobbies

Art/Culture Computers & Technology Cooking Crosswords Movies Music Reading Travel
Pet friendly

CPD training courses

Covid 19 coronavirus awareness

Basic food hygiene

Care planning

Equality and diversity

Health and safety with coshh awareness

Infection control awareness

Moving and handling theory

New course

Person centered care

Suicide prevention course with zero suicide alliance

Understanding dementia with alzheimer's society

Qualification

Health and safety at work

First aid

Moving and handling certificate

Client recommendations

Alison H

22 Apr 2022

Excellent

Karen helped care for my elderly Mother for nearly a year. During this time Karen was brilliant in aiding with all aspects of Mum’s life from preparing appropriate puréed foods and nutritional drinks to activities such as old films and music that resonated with her. She is a kind and caring lady whom Mum enjoyed the company of immensely. I must praise also her ingenuity and resourcefulness in coping with an everchanging situation of care as Mum’s mobility declined. I highly recommend Karen

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3553 miles away

8 years of experience

Fully booked

Vetted & Approved

All Curam carers go through a comprehensive checking process before they receive our “vetted and approved”status

DBS/PVG/NI Access

Enhanced

Interview status

Interviewed

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Karen m is insured for care work carried out through Curam platform
See details
Two reference checks available on request from the carer

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