A Career to Remember

13 May 2024 News

Throughout Dementia Action Week 2024,  we’re shining a spotlight on the everyday heroes who make a true difference in the lives of people living with dementia. Meet the  Dementia Support Workers at Archers Court, the compassionate and spirited team who ensure that every resident is treated with respect and dignity.

Being a Dementia Support Worker (DSW) isn’t just about providing care; it's about creating a supportive, inclusive environment where people can flourish. Our colleagues focus on what residents can do, not what they can’t. It's a role that requires empathy, compassion, and a knack for seeing the positive side of life. And these folks have it in spades.

Take Patience Femi-Mapaderum for example. She lights up when she talks about her work, “I enjoy engaging with our people," she says. "Talking about their pasts, finding out what they like, what they dislike, their hobbies. I love talking to their families, too—they always have the best stories about their relatives."

Patience isn't the only one with a passion for the job. Andrew Dixon tells us, “On any typical day, I'm here to support the people who live in our community, advocate for them, and support their choices,” he says. "The best part of my role? The time I spend with the people who live here. We have such a blast together! No two days are the same, but every day is rewarding. You can create special moments that make you remember why you love your job.’

 At Archers Court, there’s no shortage of these moments. Take Kathleen Barrass, a resident at Archers Court, who recently had a heartwarming reunion with the horse she cared for years ago. Listening to one of her stories, the DSW’s realised that Rosie was nearby, they found and contacted the new owner of Rosie and reunited the pair. Kathleen was overjoyed, you could feel the joy radiating from her as she petted the horse and shared stories of their time together.


Recently, Ronald Mustard, who, as a leap year baby, finally got to celebrate his 21st/84th birthday with a 60s-themed party organised by colleagues at the home, told the team ‘I can’t believe you organised all of this for me. I feel so special’.  Sharon, Rons daughter, praised the whole team, ‘You always go above and beyond for my dad, but this is so touching… we are absolutely over the moon and can’t thank you all enough for organising this special party for all of us.’

The person centred approach at Archers Court means there's always something fun happening. Whether it's birthday parties, art classes, or trips out to the local park or pub, there's never a dull moment.

Dementia Support Workers at Archers Court are more than just caregivers—they're memory-makers, laughter-creators, and advocates for the dignity and choice of each resident. They help people take "positive risks," whether it's making tea, going to the shops, or simply taking a stroll outside. This approach fosters independence and routine, giving residents a sense of normality in their lives.

So here's to the Dementia Support Workers at Archers Court and all our Reconnect communities, who show us that there's always room for joy, laughter, and a touch of magic. If you ask them, they'll tell you it's the best job in the world, and we couldn't agree more. Happy Dementia Action Week!


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