BRENDA Dawson has worked for charity care provider Ambient Support and its predecessors for 40 years as a care worker, a milestone celebrated with a surprise presentation by the charities’ CEO Mark Milton, via video call.
Brenda, from Little Horwood, near Winslow began her career in care in 1980, at ‘Swanbourne’ care home. Swan House care home was built some years later to replace Swanbourne, and Brenda along with 16 residents moved into the new home. Brenda has been their supporting residents at the home ever since.
Speaking of how things have changed over the years, Brenda said:
“Care has changed considerably over the 40 years. Nowadays, there is lots of training and support – which is fantastic. Things have definitely changed for the better, for both the care workers and residents as care is much more person-centred with people treated as individuals, just as they should be.”
Swan House supports older people including those living with dementia and home manager Denise Curtis, added:
“Brenda is one of the most patient and kind people you could hope to meet. Nothing is ever too much for her and she always goes the extra mile to make sure residents with even the most complex needs are happy and supported. She really doesn’t like a fuss, but we wanted to do something special to mark her incredible career with us.”
Mark Milton, CEO, was delighted to mark this special milestone, he said:
“I wanted to personally thank Brenda for her years of service at Swan House and let her know how appreciative we are for the huge difference she makes to the people she cares for each and every day. It really does demonstrate that people can enjoy a full and fulfilling career in a caring role. She is one of a number of employees at Ambient that are celebrating long-service awards with us this year.”
Brenda, who is 69 years young and past the age of retirement, has no intention of stopping, added:
“It feels quite strange and I’m amazed that 40 years have passed! I feel incredibly lucky to have a job that I love. My children keep telling me that I should stop work, but I’m not ready to stop yet!”