Dementia carer Mark has been short-listed for award

Mark Webb, who had led a remarkable life before he found his niche as a dementia carer at Red Oaks in Cagefoot Lane, Henfield, has been short-listed for a prestigious award.

He survived the Zeebrugge disaster of 1987, when more than 190 people died, spent some time in Australia and had a variety of jobs before been appointed as a dementia carer at Red Oaks.

Now he is in the running for a Dementia Carer Award in the Great South East Care Awards.

Mark (49), joined the home in Henfield in 2010 as a dementia carer with no experience.

Care Manager Karen Poulter said: “Mark was deliberately employed without care experience to enhance our person-centred, non-task orientated approach.”

She said he soon became a star at Red Oaks because of his understanding and ability to improve the minute to minute quality of resident’ lives.

“Just by being a ‘natural’ and working from instinct, based on feelings and experiences he achieves an instant rapport with residents. He shows skill with one to one interactions but is just as able to engage and include larger groups using occupational activities or social interactions,” she added.

Mark has become a team leader and manages his team with enthusiasm, support and encouragement, promoting person-centred care.

When told of his nomination Mark said: “I can’t believe I was even nominated. I am just the same as residents in my care - a person.”