Shared Lives South West Carer Rosemary Wassmuth, who has dedicated so many years to care, retires.
SLC Sarah Casey presented her with some flowers and praised her dedication at at recent Devon Carer’s Meeting in Tiverton.
After 60 years working in care, she felt now was the right time to retire. She had a small residential home and transferred to Shared lives in 2004 and continued to provide a loving home for Margaret for 28 years. She has prided herself that Margaret remained so positive and independent and really liked socialising. Turkey and Tinsel breaks were also a firm favourite for Rosemary and Margaret. They also often enjoyed a weekend away at a hotel.
“Carer Rosemary has been an inspiration to other carers and always on the end of a phone for support,” said Sarah, her Shared Lives South West Coordinator.
“Margaret was given a terminal diagnosis after having a stroke and admitted to hospital. This left Rosemary devastated.
“She was keen to get Margaret home to familiar surroundings. Rosemary and Husband Helmut have been so attentive to Margaret and her changing support needs.”
Keeping Margaret contented
Thanks to her care and support, Margaret enjoyed an amazing quality of life, including her night team tipple of Guinness, even though she has been unable to mobilise after her stroke.
“I remember last year when Helmut had finished his last service with the Navy and took retirement.
“This took some getting use too. Rosemary said she had already prepared “to do lists” for him including indoor jobs for the Winter and outdoor jobs for the Summer.
“She is looking forward to spending time with her family particularly her grandchildren whom she is very proud of.
“Rosemary is a professional to the hilt. She has principles and values and is not afraid to challenge when needed,” added Sarah.
“I will sadly miss my visits to her welcoming home and the scrumptious smells of home cooked bread (Helmut prepared). I wish her a happy and contented retirement,”said Sarah.
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