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.