Carer of the Month – Dave

Dave has cared for five clients for over 68 weeks since he joined us in November 2019. With several five star testimonials and a wonderful TrustPilot review, it was clear that Dave deserved the spotlight. 

“David has been 400% better than I could ever have imagined. I have seen many carers over the years, but David is in a breakaway premier league. He is attentive, thoughtful, constantly looking to improve the situation for his patient and carries out all his duties with a charming sense of humour. David Telfer is the Nijinsky of the caring business. Just excellent.”

– Torquil, an Elder customer

Dave has had brilliant feedback from his previous Elder placements too:

“Dave is a strong character with a particular sense of humour. He always puts the care and safety of Dad as his first priority and he is very attentive. He is a marvellous cook providing healthy and delicious meals and bakes cakes too. He can even turn his hand to a little mending if he notices things need sorting. He runs a tidy ship.” 

– Kate

“David put himself forward at very short notice to look after my father. From the moment he arrived, it was clear that his overwhelming priority was the care, happiness and wellbeing of my father. He is extremely thoughtful, proactive and has the ability to make my father laugh in the worst situations.” 

– Fiona

“He has got [my father] to eat, to drink, and to genuinely enjoy the time he has even through pain and the indignities that come with being frail. He is the best companion for my father and the greatest reassurance and support, giving me the ability to step back and also enjoy the time I have with my father, and make the memories I have – ones that come with smiles and laughter, instead of just sadness and grief.  There is no price that can be put to this.”

– Kenji

From all of us from Elder HQ, congratulations Dave.

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