Care UK offers students real life lessons

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Care UK’s Silversprings home has been offering speech and language therapy students valuable experience in developing their communication skills.

University of Essex students have been taking part in regular activities at the home as well as working with residents to develop relationships and improve their well-being.

Susan Oates, home manager at Silversprings, said: “We were delighted when the students got in touch asking to join us for their university placement. It has been a brilliant opportunity to bring different generations together, and for residents to enjoy new conversations and experiences.

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“The students have worked closely with a number of residents so far and plan to develop their studies next year by working more closely with residents who are living with dementia.”

Student placement Sophie Chamberlain said: “After I complete my degree I hope to become a qualified speech and language therapist, focusing on communication skills to help and treat older people, in particular those living with dementia.

“I am thoroughly enjoying my time at Silversprings – it’s been great getting to know the residents and the Care UK team, who have been so accommodating. Our time here will be really beneficial to us as students but also – we hope – to the residents who we love visiting every week.”

Silversprings provides residential, nursing and dementia care, as well as short-term respite care.

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