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Q&A with… Brigitte Plaire

Brigitte Plaire is a specialist coach at The Ness, in this ‘Spill the tea session’, we asked her a few questions to get to know her a bit better.

How did you get involved in dementia care?

I met the first people with dementia in 1989 in a care home where I worked, and then I was part of creating the first dementia ward in a care home in Belgium. From the beginning on, I was fascinated by how it changed a Dementias well being with an adapted and safe environment, reducing medication, stimulation during daytime and validation.

What do you love most about working for The Ness?

I don’t know where to start, our members, my colleagues, that no day is like another and the fun we all have together.

Working for The Ness Care Group was one of the best decisions a made for my career.

Tell me a memory that makes you smile when you’ve been working at The Ness

I walked one morning with one of our young-onset members along Teignmouth Seafront. He was always anxious and concerned and advanced in his disease.

We met two ladies, also on a walk and one of them turned around and greet us with the words “Oh, good morning Ian, I haven’t seen you for such a long time!” He answered immediately “Hello Muriel!”

This little episode always makes me smile!

What does a typical day look like for you at The Ness?

Every day is different and not. We do meetings, training, office work or we do transport or shopping’s. It is a daily routine! That change when our members arrive, they bring so much life and surprises in, we never know what a day will bring!

What is your motto or personal mantra?

Carpe diem

How would your family and friends describe you in 3 words?

Reliable, focused, caring

 

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Q&A with… Cora Wilkie

How did you get involved in dementia care?

As a social psychologist I have always been interested in Ageing. I find it a challenging stage in life and I admire people who can deal with it in a creative and encouraging way. I realized, through personal experience in my family, that Dementia is another level of complexity within Ageing and I felt drawn to working and developing in this area of Ageing.

What do you love most about working for Atlas?

I like Atlas because it has a very good working atmosphere. Atlas offers a person centred and small group experience for its members and as a facilitator I work in a flexible and very supportive work place.

Tell me a memory that makes you smile when you’ve been working at Atlas

When I see members engaging and enjoying their day. When one of them who seems disconnected engages in a conversation or simply smiles at me or anyone in the room. This is why I love the song: When you are smiling!

What does a typical day look like for you at Atlas?

It’s being aware of member’s needs and accompanying them to have a good day, while engaging in different types of stimulation. Usually morning outings with lots of conversation going on, and after very enjoyable meals, afternoons which offer focused therapy in a fun environment.

What is your motto or personal mantra?

Present moment, wonderful moment!

How would your family and friends describe you in 3 words?

Sociable, creative and insightful!
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