Student Darcy-Mae Enjoys Richmond Manor Work Placement

This summer, Richmond Manor played host to a local student who wanted to experience working with older people.

Darcy-Mae Ives from Cedars Upper School in Leighton Buzzard joined the team for a placement in July and said she thoroughly enjoyed her time.

During the week’s placement, Darcy-Mae did activities with residents and learned about their lives and how the Homemakers support them.

She said that the experience was ‘a real eye opener’.

Darcy-Mae said: “I’m studying for my health and social care ‘A’ Level, so I thought coming to Richmond Manor would be a good opportunity to experience work in a care home setting.

“At first, I was nervous about meeting older people, but I found it very interesting to listen to their life histories and learn about their lives before they came to Richmond Manor.

“The funniest thing I experienced was during a session of making fruit kebabs with a group of residents.

“They didn’t seem interested in actually making the kebabs, but instead, they used the kebab stick as a fork and tucked in! One resident even ate the kebab I’d made as an example!”

During her time with residents, Darcy-Mae also got to go out on group walks, participate in activities and see what life at Richmond Manor is like.

The experience was so positive that she’s already made plans to come back.

Darcy-Mae said: “I really enjoyed my time at Richmond Manor – I found it to be a real eye opener.

“I have planned to do more work experience days over the summer holidays.

“The staff at Richmond Manor were very welcoming and friendly. They showed they really cared about all the residents in the Home.”