About See Change in Dementia Care

Anne Challenor-Wood, Director
Anne Challenor-Wood started working in care at the age of 21 when, after leaving university, she worked in Social Services, first in the home care team and later in an occupational therapy team. At the same age Anne also started a lifetime of caring for a loved one with a chronic disabling condition at home. In addition Anne’s own mother, an intelligent and active lady, started to develop vascular dementia at the age of only 69. She died in April 2008 after 16 years with the condition.
(Pictured: Anne with her mother who was then in an advanced stage of dementia.)

Anne returned to university to undertaken post graduate teacher training in 1979 - 1980. In the 1980’s and 90’s Anne did pioneering training and development work with health and care providers, and with those responsible for monitoring service provision, to understand the importance of seeing services from the point of view of the people using them.

Anne was a member (and Vice-Chair) of a government NHS watchdog body for seven years, responsible for visiting and reporting on healthcare services. Anne’s career has also encompassed teaching and training, charity management, and personnel management. For the past twelve years she and Anna Cara have run a successful domiciliary care agency providing live-in care to elderly and disabled people. They have consistently achieved the highest government inspection ratings (rated as “Excellent”). Please see Convivium Care,
Anne has undertaken extensive training with the Alzheimer’s Society and Dementia Care Matters and keeps up to date with all the latest developments in training and resources.

Anne has been asked to speak on many occasions on the radio and television due to her combined personal experience of a mother who had dementia for 16 years and her professional experience as a Care Provider, Trainer and Dementia Care Consultant, and Campaigner.

Anna M. Cara - Deputy Director
Anna worked as a Research Assistant in Women’s Health for Anne prior to studying at the University of Bath. As a post graduate she gained a diploma in Health Promotion and went on to achieve an MSc and great commendation for her academic work, whilst also working in the charitable sector as a Disability Services Manager. Anna also studied Welfare Rights at UWE and became a Citizen’s Advice Bureau advisor as well as a volunteer in the charitable health sector. Anna’s personal experience of disability and the increasing limitations that it placed on working in a conventional setting meant that in January 2001 she was very excited to be able to work in partnership with Anne running their own business. For the past eleven years they have run a successful domiciliary care agency, Convivium Care, providing 24 hour care for elderly and disabled people in their own homes across the South West.

Two of Anna’s relatives have experienced different forms of dementia. Her beloved Great Aunt passed away after a rapid progression of the disease. Anna’s grandmother had Alzheimer’s for 10 years and was unable to care for her own needs in any way before she died in 2010. Anna always came away from visits to her Nan with a tear in her eye, not only for the Grandmother she feels she had lost in many ways, but also because she wishes more investment could be made into research, training, and care for all of those with such a debilitating disease in order that the care they receive might be more effective.

The creation of ‘See Change in Dementia Care’ is a personal and a professional passion for Anna. She has a clear vision of the attributes required to be a dedicated carer and also the training needs and support required for all of those that care for people with Dementia. Her role of research and assisting with course development within ‘See Change for Dementia Care’ feels, in many ways, like the completion of a circle in her professional journey with Anne, which, so far, has spanned thirty years.