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Diversity makes for an exciting role for Estefania
PJ Care is a busy environment for all of our staff, and that’s why people like Estefania Vargas love it!
Originally from Spain, Estefania (second from right) is our Clinical Neuropsychologist who works as part of our multi-disciplinary therapy team to care for and support our residents.
Her role involves assessing their cognitive difficulties; problems with memory, concentration, planning, language, reasoning, and other aspects of learning and understanding.
She also looks at behaviour and mental health issues, plus speech difficulties.
“I love it, I love that there’s so much to do!” says Estefania. “I know many of the staff say it but no two days here are the same.”
Estefania’s day is varied, working across all eight of our neurological care units in Milton Keynes and Peterborough. She’s involved in every resident’s care, both hands on and hands off.
“My role is crucial because I lead the therapy team which includes physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy and neuropsychology.
“We’re lucky in that we have a strong, collaborative therapy team at PJ Care. We have weekly meetings where we discuss every resident in detail and tailor our therapeutic approach to the needs of each person individually.”
Here at PJ Care, we care for people with a range of neurological conditions including dementia, Huntington’s disease, Parkinson’s and MS. We also offer rehabilitation for people with acquired brain injuries. Estefania says such diversity of conditions makes for an interesting day at work.
“It’s really exciting! People have a range of conditions but a range of personalities too. I can really build relationships with them here.”
Because many of our residents live with us for months, if not years, there is the satisfaction of seeing them develop.
“If they are with us for rehabilitation, we can see them improve and return to the community or to their own home,” Estefania adds. "With residents who have a progressive condition they usually spend more time with us and as the condition changes so do our interventions with them.
“It does feel like a big family.
“I have time to work with people here, which I didn’t get when I worked in outpatients. There’s time to see the improvements and the difference our work with residents makes. That’s very rewarding.”
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