Care work may have a reputation for being demanding, but people working in the highly-specialised world of dementia care say it couldn’t be more rewarding.

Staff at a local specialist dementia care home have come together to extol the virtues of an often-overlooked role.

Tracey, a care assistant at Harrogate’s Vida Healthcare, said: “I worked in a factory for 15 years, but I got made redundant. Someone recommended this job and I thought no, I couldn’t do that.“

“But I am really glad I did. I could not see myself doing anything else now. I absolutely love it. I love helping the residents, and they give so much back.”

Lesley, who is a team leader on Vida’s Woodlands Unit, couldn’t agree more, and explained how rewarding a career in care could be.“We make a real difference to the lives of our residents,” she said, explaining that Vida Hall and Vida Grange, both in Harrogate, specialise in dementia.

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