“I thoroughly recommend a career at Milford Care to absolutely anyone and everyone.”

Published Author and Team Leader at Milford House care home, Ashley Dymond, talks to Country Images about why people should join the family-focused care group, Milford Care.

Why Milford House?

From 2016 to 2017, my Grandad lived at Milford House Residential Home. By visiting him, I would bare witness to the incredibly selfless work of those devoting themselves to caring for others, specifically all the staff at Milford House, from the carers to the domestic workers. Naturally, I wanted to become a part of such a project and now the rest is history.

How would you describe your time at Milford House and working for Milford Care?

An opportunity for great personal development and pride. For example, my vocational voyage with Milford House and Milford Care along the health and social care sector has provided me with experiences so emotionally rewarding that I only wish that I had started sooner. Overall, I have learned so much about my own abilities to bring comfort and joy to those in my service and because of this I thoroughly recommend a career at Milford Care to absolutely anyone and everyone.

What stood out to you over other care homes?

From what has been explained to me about many other care homes over the years, those under the Milford Care Group stand out due to their championing of person-centred values, thus, their focus on the provision of person-centred care.

This progressive concept that Milford Care dedicate themselves to is undoubtedly a refreshing deviation from what critics might say plagues the private healthcare sector: an insatiable desire to make profit and only profit. Instead of luring residents into an extortionate facility that fails to consider their best interests, liberal rights, and personal values, the Milford Care family have taken inspiration from Dr. Montessori’s philosophy of encouraging an ever-present culture of independent personal development based on a plethora of personal values to create individually tailored person-centred care plans for each resident. Therefore, Milford Care guarantees that its residents are equip with the tools and services that they need to turn a residential facility into a comfortable home.

Furthermore, the multi-award winning care company have adapted their own philosophy of adult care from Montessori’s teachings, infamously known as ‘The Milford Way’. A method of person-centred care that has not only forced the care community to recognise Milford Care as a beacon of empathetic progression in an arguably regressive sector, but has also helped revolutionise a surge in the quality of person-centred care by service providers across the nation who are unsurprisingly inspired by what has been achieved.

Needless to say, I am very proud of my time spent working in a home with this fantastic company.

How did you first become interested in sociology and psychology?

Through the person-centred approach (PCA). When I undertook my NVQs in adult care, the most prominent part of the learning was to understand the importance of the person-centred approach; whether it be the recognition of cultural differences, socioeconomic backgrounds, or simple preferences, you are taught that everyone is different, so they each require a different approach to care. The PCA itself branches off client-centred therapy (CCT), a humanistic method of psychotherapy devised by psychologist Carl Rogers. Rogers himself cited oppressive social barriers to personal growth as the psychopathological reason for mental health issues.

Therefore, coupled with what I have learned in my first year of studying psychology at the University of Derby, we can begin to see what led me to publish a book on psychopathology.

What made you choose the western world for the subject matter of the book?

Taking inspiration from Rogers’ theory, I considered my surroundings and thought of ‘what social barriers have I seen affecting myself and those close to me’. As I contemplated the depths of this question further, I began to analyse the collective implications that Western societal cultures have on the psychological well-being of their citizenry by delving into conventional concerns such as education, vocation, personal relationships, and religion amongst others.

On the Western world, an excerpt from my blurb offers a good idea of what I was thinking when I decided to write the book (see below):

In a world ripe with such liberating opportunity, people do seem rather upset. Why is this? Well, where European, North American, and Oceanic states successfully tend to people’s physiological needs, they equally neglect the psychological well-being of their oh-so privileged citizenries. Truthfully, contemporary Western culture actively functions to perpetuate segregation, social exclusion, and an ultimate sense of sadness. Albeit, not in the ways that you might think…

So… go ahead and pick up ‘Western Sadness: The Psychopathology of Modernity’ with Amazon now to explore the genuine stigma around mental health today; to unravel the mysticism of the First-World human mind.

Are you working on anything else at the moment?

No, I think one book is enough for me. You can consider me retired from the writing scene, at least temporarily.

What are you career aspirations?

Since I have gathered experience in the healthcare field at Milford House, I have unlocked a number of different career paths. After careful consideration, I eventually chose to go down the health psychology path. Following my degree, I hope to move onto a graduate-training scheme that would see me work as a psychological wellbeing practitioner for the NHS. Normally a psychology graduate would struggle to be accepted onto such a role, but due to the relevant vocational experience I have accumulated at *Milford House, I will likely stand out amongst other applicants. So, I must once again thank Milford Care for the opportunities that they have given me.

To start your career at a Milford Care home or get more information about person-centred care, contact hr@milfordcare.co.uk.