I would like to take the opportunity to introduce Derek Fisher to our Caregiver Support Network. Derek not only adds adds a male caregiver point of view, but. he brings his experience of providing care to those with dementia and other disabilities. I am so glad to share his experiences with all of you.
I am a married man living in Ilford, Essex just outside London. I have two daughters aged 30 and 24. Our youngest still lives with us whilst our eldest has her own home.
I started my caring career as a carer /driver in a community centere very near where I live. I quickly developed an interest in dementia and went on lots of training courses. I then progressed to become the centres programmes manager. I still maintained my dementia interest.
After a few years, an opportunity arose for me to enter social care with dementia, my speciality. I jumped at the chance and was given a sea side town, as my main area, apart from others more locally. I attended further dementia courses and lectures.
Another opportunity arose three and half years ago in sheltered accomadation for disabled people living independently.
The role here was house management. It was too good an opportunity to miss out on. This is where I am today. I am very happy to be where I am and working with such lovely people.
Some have early signs of dementia and a few have the disease in a further stage. Mostly, our tenants are disabled in one way or another. I love helping people and getting involved with what they are doing and really enjoy the interaction with them all. They are all so very nice and friendly that it makes coming to work a pleasure.
My hobbies are soccer, cricket ( well I am English), gardening and reading. I am an avid tea drinker, another English trait of mine.
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