Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Caring Keeps Helen Satisfied

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Caring Keeps Helen Satisfied

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Helen Bell has cared for people with mental health problems for more than a decade with Dementia Care Partnership, a Newcastle charity providing care and support services to people with dementia.

"Home support is a real alternative to residential care," explains Helen, 39, from Fawdon. "DCP also provides essential help and relief to the carers who can relax knowing that their relative is in the care of an experienced worker."

A friend introduced Helen to the Dementia Care Initiative, as DCP was formerly known. She said: "I worked in the community, and learnt to care and support people with dementia. I helped out as a support worker, caring for people in their own homes, encouraging them to live an independent life.

"The training I received was first class and the quality of care DCP gives to its clients is something I would want for my own family should the need ever arise."

Helen was a support worker for nine years and was promoted to her current job as home support co-ordinator two years ago. …

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