Ebony View Care Home has recently welcomed a new Residential Unit Manager, David Vago (photo attached). David took up his new post on Monday, 3 October 2016, having arrived to the Island in September.
David’s main role is to manage the day-to-day operations of Ebony View, but he also coordinates the training & upskilling of carers within the home, to enable them to further develop themselves, in line with the care requirements of the clients.
“One of the main challenges I have faced is the lack of understanding with regards to where Ebony View is and what we do. Some people still perceive that we operate under the conditions of the previous Challenging Behaviour Unit and Sundale – this is not the case.
“With my current team, we are working towards giving our clients dignity and privacy, allowing them to take risks, whilst giving understanding of what is and isn’t safe, and giving the choice and control of their lives back to them to increase their sense of fulfilment and independence.”
David has worked his way up from a Care Assistant to Senior Carer, Lead Carer and Assistant Practitioner, working within different care organisations. He has experience working with people with learning disabilities, with the elderly, in Palliative Care, in Dementia Care, with the Elderly Mentally Impaired and in Nursing & Residential Homes in the UK.
Before taking up employment on St Helena, David worked as a team leader in a Nursing Home in Bexhill on Sea, UK, while at the same time, studying for his Post Graduate Certificate in Dementia Studies, as a joint course at Brighton & Sussex Medical Schools, which he has now gained.
David has a connection to St Helena and is the son of John Vago, whose mother (originally from Half Tree Hollow) left the Island in the 1950s, to work in the UK and start a family. She returned to the Island over eight years ago, before David decided to come to the Island this year to work.
7 November 2016