In this months Meet the Team, we feature our wonderful Senior Care Home Advanced Practitioner Dan Hunt!
Above: Dan Hunt celebrates his qualification with Bailey, our Therapy Dog!
Dan,24, joined Blenheim House in July 2019 as a Health Care Assistant, and this month we celebrate him achieving his CHAPS Qualification as well as his NVQ level 3 Diploma in Adult Care. Well done Dan!
Before becoming a carer at Blenheim House, Dan was working in a printers where he helped to create football programmes for Bath City and other sports teams. So what to led him into considering care work as a career?
“My uncle had dementia and my mum became his carer, I saw how her compassion helped him and started to realise I too had a caring and nurturing nature within me. It was rewarding to see that I could help my uncle, and in turn, my mum too.”
Recently passing his NVQ level 3 Diploma in Adult Care after a year and a half of studying has led to Dan understanding the importance of end of life care at Blenheim House. The course enables Dan to make each and every persons end of life journey as delicate, sensitive and comfortable as can be, whilst also ensuring Dan can risk assess and review care plans of each and every resident. “We meet with the Melksham Older Peoples Team , every Thursday, and review how our residents conditions are improving, my qualification has empowered me to confidently act on any recommendations as their care needs develop”.
Above: Dan meets with Sarah, one of our Registered Nurses, to discuss the plan for the day ahead.
Dan has recently passed his CHAP qualification; a 6 week intensive course that trains our staff to understand the different routes of administering medication, learning about pressure sores and liaising with relatives to understand the final wishes of their loved one.
“I really cherish spending time with our residents, to hear about their interesting achievements during their younger lives is so inspirational to me. With this qualification I am confident in helping our residents understand their care plans and the reasons why they take their medication. They have ownership over their care plan, meaning they also understand our jobs as carers, we have a a real partnership between the resident and their relatives.”
So what is next for Dan, our latest Majesticare Superhero?
“Next I’d like to develop my knowledge about medication, there are so many medications available to help our residents so I’m really motivated to learn as much as I can, eventually I want to use this experience to progress into a nursing role.
Finally, we asked Dan about his overall thoughts of working in Blenheim House
“Joining Majesticare was a life saver for me personally as well as for my career. I really felt like I needed a career change, one that gave back to the community who had been so kind to my own family. My mum was quite poorly when I first joined Blenheim House and the kindness and solidarity I received really helped me through that challenging moment in my life, I am happy to say that mum has since made a full recovery. I’d like to thank my colleagues for their support and dedication in caring for our residents”.
Above: Dan discusses care plans with Barry, one of our residents on our Willows Community.
Would you like to follow Dan into a rewarding and motivating role here at Blenheim House? We have a wide variety of positions for you to consider on our Join Our Team webpage, so don’t delay, apply today!