Haydon Palmer, care assitant at Talbot View is a finalist in two prestigious industry awards for his work with people living with dementia.
Even though he has only worked in care for a year, 22 year-old Haydon Palmer is already a finalist in two prestigious industry awards for his work with people living with dementia.
Haydon, who is a care assistant at Talbot View residential home in Bournemouth, is in the final running for the titles of Dementia Carer of the Year in the Great South West Care Awards, and Carer of the Year in the National Care Awards.
“I am really surprised and pleased to have been selected,” says Haydon. “It is a confirmation that I am getting it right”.
Winners of both awards will be announced at gala events during November. The regional event will be held in Bristol on 4 November and if Haydon wins he will go forward to the Great British Care Awards. The National Care Awards in London in late November will be compered by TV journalist and broadcaster John Sergeant.
Haydon had been to college and worked in retail before deciding to join the caring profession after relatives who worked for Care South suggested it would be something he would be good at. “When I started at Talbot View it immediately felt right,” he says.
Haydon has easily adapted to a challenging role. Talbot View is one of 16 care homes in Dorset operated by Care South, all of which have areas which are tailored towards caring for people living with dementia. Haydon works in a male only unit within the home.
Nick Holman, the home manager at Talbot View, says: “One of the reasons for employing Haydon was a comment he made at interview that he felt the residents should be treated as people and not a product, and this fits with the person-centred care we give. He was immediately a hit with residents and staff, and I am proud to have him as a hard working, dedicated carer within my team.”
Haydon says: “I didn’t really understand dementia to start with, but I have had a lot of support from the staff here and the Care South training team and now I really enjoy working with this group of people and their families.”
Haydon has completed his basic training and is working towards social care qualifications. He says: “I would quite like to end up as a home manager one day, but I think I might miss the daily personal contact with the residents.”
Poole-based Care South is a leading provider of high quality residential and home care services in the south of England.