Glenda Mayer is a Reablement Assistant from Nuneaton who provides support to individuals who have recently overcome illness or left hospital and are ready to return home. Glenda works with each individual to help them regain their independence to enable them to remain in their own home. This is the starting point and, for Glenda, the journey to helping these people to become independent is where her great joy in the role comes from.
Warwickshire County Council is currently looking for Reablement Assistants like Glenda to work with a variety of people from different backgrounds and cultures to maximise their independent living skills. Reablement Assistants work with each individual through their own support plan as directed by the Reablement Assessment Officer/Occupational Therapist.
One lady who Glenda fondly recalls had had a stroke and was almost helpless in her home. After weeks of Glenda helping her to help herself, and building her confidence back up, the customer progressed to walking with a frame and was able to leave the house independently on a scooter.
The progress and the change in the customer’s quality of life had been immense. Glenda knew she had played a very important part in this turnaround as she explains “I love getting to meet people and helping them. It’s so rewarding to watch customers get better and know you are making a difference to people’s lives.”
Glenda travels all around the north of the county. The council provides Glenda with an iPhone with sat nav; she never needs to worry about knowing where she is going and has her travel costs reimbursed. Training has also helped her to feel confident that she can do the very best for her customers.
As Glenda continues “You really feel appreciated. It’s great to be called Angel just for doing your job. But it’s more than a job; it’s what I love doing.”
The Council’s Reablement team will be available at the following locations to talk to anyone interested in finding out about the Assistant roles:
• Leamington Shopping Park on Monday 20th June between 10am and 2pm
• Maybird Shopping Centre in Stratford on Wednesday 29th June between 10am and 2pm
Cllr Les Caborn, Portfolio Holder for Health, said “We are fortunate to have people like Glenda able to support our most vulnerable people in the community. I urge anyone interested in these Reablement Assistant roles to come along and speak to the team or visit the website to find out more.”
Cllr Alan Webb, Chair of the Adult Social Care & Health Overview & Scrutiny Committee said “We need Reablement Assistants especially in the south of Warwickshire to provide this essential service, working with individuals to regain their independence and confidence to live within their own homes.”
Anyone interested in finding out about the Reablement Assistant role can visit the website to find out more www.warwickshire.gov.uk/reablementassistants. The website also contains a video of Glenda in her day to day work.