Cramond key worker goes the extra mile for care home residents with dementia in Edinburgh
A care manager from Edinburgh has been praised for his dedication to improving his education and training, which will transform care for residents, in particular those with dementia, and their families.
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Clinical care manager at Cramond Residence Ross Bijak has completed a master’s degree in dementia studies and is now delivering a portfolio of training courses and techniques to other staff, residents and family members at the home.
The recent graduate from Stirling University said the course has given him a more in-depth understanding of dementia and new ways of thinking which will benefit those living with the condition.
After starting out as a staff nurse at Cramond Residence in 2018, Mr Bijak was promoted to clinical care manager in December 2019, but continues to maintain an active involvement in the day-to-day care and support of residents.
The 38-year-old said: “I’m not going to lie, I’m delighted to be finally graduating and feel immensely proud to be able to use my new knowledge towards something I have a strong passion for - which is my job.
“This course has been an invaluable, eye-opening experience that will not only benefit me but also the wider community at the home.
“Our main focus at Cramond Residence is to change perceptions of dementia and ensure all of our residents live happy, independent and fulfilling lives through a host of tailored activities put on by our lifestyle co-ordinators.
“We also facilitate dementia support programmes and look to train all members of staff in dementia care– even those who may not be providing direct care – as well as offering support and coping techniques to help family and friends.
“The more people we’re able to help understand dementia, and how to interact and respond to changing needs of those living with the condition, the quicker it’ll become more manageable and less of a taboo subject.”
After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology in 2004, Ross discovered his passion was caring for others and went back to university to study a Bachelor of Nursing at Edinburgh Napier in 2012. Ross has now accumulated more than 15 years of experience in the sector.