Dinah O'Brien

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Dinah O'Brien

Phone: 07508 175645
Mobile: 07508 175645
Email:

List of services

Cleaning – General
Secretarial & Administrative
Gardening
Preparing meals in the home
Live- In- Support (occasional nights subject to availability)
Medication Assistance
Pet Walking
Social Activities
Domestic Duties
Ironing
Laundry
Personal Assistant Transportation Assistant
Personal Care
Respite Care
Shopping Assistance
End of Life Care
Befriending & Buddying

Coverage

Wannock and within a 7 mile radius - willing to travel further to calls 2 hours or more

Availability

No availability at present

Charging and related information

Monday - Friday’s £20 P/H
Weekends - £25 P/H
Bank Holidays - £30 P/H
Mileage - £0.45 p/p/m when taking clients’ out from their home
Overnight Stays – £180 for 12 hours Mon-Fri (hours by arrangement)
£220 for 12 hours Sat & Sun (hours by arrangement)
(please note this service is only available for Client’s’ that I am already supporting & have got to know well).
Bank holidays to be charged at double time
Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve to be charged at time and a half.

Expertise

DEMENTIA –
I have a broad spectrum of experience & knowledge in working with clients with different types & stages of dementia
I specialise in:
Supporting clients at home to live well with dementia
Providing suitable activities at achievable levels whether in the home or when out & about to promote a sense of wellbeing
Supporting clients to retain current levels of independence
Treating clients with the utmost compassion, dignity and respect.

Additional support includes but is not limited to:
Managing & coping with difficult/ challenging behaviours
Offering ongoing practical advice & finding solutions.
Helping families/carers to navigate & access other health and care services in East Sussex.
Help with related form filling
I hold an Assisting Clients with Swallowing Difficulties certification

Additional training in:
• Assisting Clients with Swallowing Difficulties
• Psychological First Aid

I really enjoy being in the company of people from all ages/ walks of life, preparing and cooking good quality traditional food, gardening, listening to music, walking, yoga, the countryside and being by the seaside. I am an avid reader, have a sunny disposition & a good sense of humour. I have a natural empathy towards people with dementia & am driven through personal & working experience to really make a difference.

Experience

I initially trained as a Nursery Nurse (N.N.E.B) but didn’t utilise this qualification until later on in my life as I was already working at a small country house hotel as ‘The Housekeeper’. I progressed from there to working in a 4 star De Vere hotel in Eastbourne as Assistant Housekeeper. By the age of 22 I had been promoted to Head Housekeeper with my main responsibilities being to maintain the high standards of cleanliness & presentation in the 113 guest bedrooms & public areas of the hotel. I also set up a creche for the children of the housekeeping team as finding suitable childcare while they were working had previously been a problem.
When I had my own family, I worked at a local preschool in Willingdon village as the Supervisor. In addition to this I was a host to foreign language students for 18 years & also acted as a legal guardian to 3 children from overseas who were studying in the UK at local boarding schools,
Personal experience of supporting a family member who had Alzheimer’s led me into my next career path at a local independent dementia day centre. I worked there for 8 years & some of my responsibilities included: working alongside the attending clients’ as a companion, leading the companion team of staff, supporting & advising clients’ families & carers’, assisting with form filling, taking detailed accounts of clients’ background history to support all needs, representing the day centre at dementia cafes & some of the Seaford monthly Care for the Carers meetings, home visits (including client assessments for home respite) & covering respite in clients homes.

For your reassurance I am fully insured with business car insurance and public liability insurance.

Background

Care Team Manager – Dementia Day Centre
Legal Guardian to overseas children
Foreign Language Student Host
Preschool Supervisor
Head Housekeeper
Housekeeper

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