About and Testimonials
Dawn Arthur - Director
I am the owner and Director of Still You and an experienced Occupational Therapist and Dementia Specialist Practitioner.
After working for 25 years as a medical secretary and Director's secretary, I decided to change career path and Occupational Therapy seemed the right healthcare professional role for me. I have an older brother who has a severe disability and was inspired to help others. I undertook a 4 year degree in Occupational Therapy at the University of Northampton and in 2010 gained a First Class BSc(Hons) degree in Occupational Therapy.
I started my OT career at my local hospital in Milton Keynes and this followed with other senior OT roles in health and and social care. I have experience in the fields of neurological rehabilitation, complex care home residents with huntingdon's disease and dementia, community dementia reablement and urgent intermediate care services. Prior to setting up Still You I had a role as Team Lead for an NHS trust providing dementia and distressed behaviour education to care homes and hospital staff.
I realised there were a lot of gaps in the service provision for people with dementia in health and social care, and decided to start my own business, Still You in January 2020. Then the covid pandemic hit!!
Despite the difficulties Covid has brought to many independent businesses, I remain passionate about supporting people living with dementia to live well and not exist and am working in the background to develop a charitable arm of the business further in 2021/2.
According to the World Dementia Report (2015) the vast majority of people living with dementia have not received a formal diagnosis, their care is fragmented, uncoordinated, inconsistent and they are not allocated a health professional to support them on their journey. I want to change this.
Your dementia diagnosis does not define who you are, and Still You recognises this and your experiences as well as the life you have lived, drawing on this to help you and your family.
I am registered with the Royal College of OT and HCPC professional bodies and has regular professional supervision.
I have an enhanced DBS certification and am the registered data controller.
Courses and professional development I have undertaken in 2020 include Cognitive Stimulation Therapy, individual Cognitive Stimulation Therapy, Ageless Grace (exercise for the brain body connection), and statutory health professional training including the safeguarding of adults at risk, diversity, equal opportunities, people moving and handling.
If you would like to check my registration on the Health and Care Professionals website here:
“ I got in touch with Dawn when my husband’s dementia started to decline and daily life was becoming more challenging. Dawn was able to visit us at home and work with both of us to provide much needed support. She was always patient, compassionate and kind to my husband and he loved her company and visits. Dawn’s breadth of knowledge and experience is invaluable. She was able to provide factual information to help us understand dementia and suggest practical solutions that made a big difference, without this support I could not have coped. It was also such a comfort knowing I could email her if I needed to, in between visits to ask for advice and she always responded very quickly. I can highly recommend Dawn to anyone living with Dementia, engaging her services during our own dementia journey was the best thing I did.”
Client, February 2021
I met Dawn when she got involved with the Mead Centre Vision Team helping us focus on the needs of those living with dementia. She has been instrumental in working with us to help us ensure the sensory room in the being-built Mead Centre will be a place that can be used by those living with dementia (as well as those children with life limiting conditions and specific needs). She is enthusiastic and knowledgeable about help, support, needs, interventions and facilities available. She is empathetic and understands the medical, social and emotional needs of those people living with dementia, their carers and families. She is someone who can talk to all different types of people and make them feel at ease and have a good laugh; but also be a total professional. She is an advocate, a teacher, an enthusiastic team member and a hard worker!
The Revd Jenny Mills, Mead Centre Vision Team member and previous Minister of Newport Pagnell United Reformed Church.
4th October 2020
I have known Dawn for many years, we met through the development of a novel specialist dementia service. Dawn has an excellent skill set and has the ability to draw on various cognitive approaches and assessments when working with people living with dementia. Dawn also uses a range of skills and research to support people to reconnect with a sense of purpose by identifying and supporting people to re-embark on the activities that define them. Dawn puts the person with dementia first and adapts to the needs of the person by assessing each and every situation holistically with a person-centred approach. Dawn is a strong advocate for people living with dementia and her skills are second to none.
Senior Admiral Nurse (November 2020)