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Hazel Harris Managing Director BSc, RMA
Hazel Harris BSc (Hons) RMA, was raised in her early years by her grandparents who were Ukrainian WW2 refugees. She learnt from a very early age the impact that communication barriers can have on people, particularly the elderly. Later in life she cared for Steve when he was diagnosed with oral cancer. During this time she realised that services were aimed at the patient and often support was not available for families unless you really shouted for it.
This need for an holistic approach led her to become a home support volunteer for St Luke’s Hospice, the hospice inspired her to give help and support to the whole family and also gave her the inspiration to gain a degree in Health and Social Care Management.
After graduating, Hazel worked for the Adult Team in Tavistock Social Services, supporting client’s who had mental health issues to remain in their own homes. It was there that she first got her passion for dementia care.
Hazel then moved on to become the Day Hospice Manager for St Luke’s Hospice where she moved the service from Turnchapel to its current home at Pearn House. During this time she fought to make end of life support available to all and not only people with cancer. After applying for funding she was able to set up a day care service from St Lukes for older people in the Plymouth area who also needed support services.
Hazel then moved on to pursue her Registered Manager’s Award and worked within a residential home in Kingsbridge. The client base was mainly dementia related. This is where she gained her many skills in working with dementia clients, and would also offer support to family and friends. Hazel then moved back to Plymouth and worked as the Registered Manager of Mayflower House. During this time she worked alongside a team of dedicated carers looking after dementia clients, and also gained Mayflower House the Dementia Kitemark Award.
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