Dementia Specialist

Introducing our leading dementia care specialist

Sally Blackden
Sally has worked with vulnerable adults for 17 years, initially in the field of advocacy where she trained volunteers to provide this valuable work. Increasingly this led to training volunteers to work with people living with dementia. Sally has worked with the producers of two films, to promote a ‘culture of care’. This and her training of both carers and volunteers seeks positive ways to bring ‘contented dementia’, helping people to get the most out of life whilst living with dementia.
Sally particularly supports families who are facing difficult situations with their loved ones who have dementia, visiting them regularly in their homes to find solutions to problems and offering the right ongoing support for the journey the family are facing. This can be by offering strategies to help diffuse any anger and frustration felt by people living with dementia, such as a listening ear and advice on activities for the professional carer and the family member, in order to stimulate feelings of well-being and enjoyment. Sally encourages socialisation and advises what is available in the local area such as support groups.
Sally teaches a range of students including paramedics, occupational therapists, care managers and matrons in the NHS. She also lectures at two London Universities to first year nursing and mental health students, and also on a MSc in Dementia Care. She is a champion for The Alzheimer Society and promotes everyone to become a Dementia Friend thus removing the stigma which still can surround dementia. She is also a member of the Campaign for the Care of the Vulnerable which was set up locally two years ago and is now a national campaign.
Sally is our in-house dementia specialist and not only provides training to our staff but is also available to visit our clients and their families in their own homes to help find solutions to problems or to help carers and loved ones to provide the right support.
"As one of the families who have the benefit of your wonderful carers, I would like to say thank you for everything this year. Your carers are very special people and have made our lives much easier. With special mention to Debbie, Britt and Kadi, without whom our family would be in chaos. Thank you."
"I would like to say how very kind and caring your staff are towards my mother, their care is wonderful and she is very fond of both of them. It is a worry for me living 70 miles away but I know she is in good hands."
"We have used Universal Care for almost three years for help with care for my disabled son. The staff are all pleasant and helpful and the office staff do all they can to accommodate our needs. They even send clients a small gift and card at Christmas! They make us feel valued."
"I would like to thank Universal Care for all the help they have given me, first in looking after my husband, and then more recently over the last three months for me. With their professional, friendly and caring attention, I now feel strong enough to manage on my own. I would not hesitate in recommending Universal Care to anyone who is looking for care for a loved one."
"They were extraordinarily professional, caring and efficient, and each of them displayed a wonderful humanity and bond with my father that made his final years peaceful, comfortable, and even blissful. When it came to his passing he was able to do so in his own bed at home in a quiet dignified and relaxed manner."
"I am very pleased with the high standard of care my husband receives. My husband has dementia and is in a wheelchair. It is fair to say that he is difficult, especially for me! Having the carers has made a huge difference to my capacity to cope and survive."
"We were extremely pleased with the thoughtful care and attention shown over the 3 days we required help. She enjoyed having the carer to look after her and we would not hesitate to call on Universal Care again for their services."
"We have been very satisfied and happy with the service. Our current carer is a treasure and we are hoping to see a great deal of her in future."
"I found the response from the office team enthusiastic, coherent and wanting to help immediately. The visit for consultation at my home was very helpful and professional, and a carer was put in place for me on the date and the hour I requested."
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