Mariusz Waluk - Managing Director
Gaudium Ltd. was established in 2012 by Director Mariusz Waluk, a former Manager of the Alzheimer's society. He has qualifications in Occupational Therapy, and PRINCE 2009 Foundation Certification, NVQ Level 7 in Management & Leadership, and is a Member of AoHT (Association of Healthcare Trainers) as a qualified trainer. Mariusz is currently studying for The Doctorate Degree in Business Administration with Cambridge Management and Leadership School.
Mariusz has considerable experience in Health Care Management, including occupational therapy, and Day Care Centre management. With over 10 years experience working alongside service users and partners of the Alzheimer's society, he has established links throughout Cumbria. He is currently collaborating with the Alzheimer's Research and Prevention Foundation, in the USA, to establish memory clubs to help people reduce the risk of developing Dementia.
Where are we based?
Our Day Centre and Head Office is located on Penrith 40 Business Park in Penrith. Our care services operate in Penrith and the local surrounding area.
Why are our staff the best?
All our staff are competent and highly trained in all aspects of Social Care, and are qualified to a minimum of NVQ Level 2 in Health and Social Care or have completed their Care certificate. In addition, most staff also hold a Level 2 Certificate in the Principles of Dementia Care. all staff have an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check, are vetted (and referenced), and attend a rigorous interview process with management, as safeguarding our clients is a priority. Prior to attending clients, staff are required to undertake a detailed induction programme, and receive mentoring and supervision from senior care staff. In addition, quality assurance visits to clients are regularly undertaken to ensure high standards of care are being maintained.
Staff are also highly experienced in care work, and most staff have many years experience of working with people with Dementia. This includes working in Day centres and Day care at home services previously managed by the Alzheimer's Society, and working in Home Care or Residential Homes as part of specialist dementia care teams. Some staff also have personal experience of caring for a family member suffering from dementia, giving them additional insight and understanding. All staff are passionate about the work they do. They are enthusiastic, highly motivated and give the best possible support to the clients. Gaudium have an excellent staff to client ratio, for example, at the Day Care Centre there will be 3 staff for 6 clients.
Training is an ongoing process, and staff
consistently receive relevant training, including
dementia awareness, person-centred care,
understanding medication, safeguarding of
vulnerable adults, moving and handling,
first aid refreshers, nutrition awareness, fire safety,
changing stoma/colostomy bags, peg feed training
and various other courses. Staff also have the
option to progress in Health and Social Care
NVQ's Level 3, and Management in Health and
Social Care Level 4 and Level 5.
Palliative Response Team
Our Palliative Response Team is composed of carers with experience in providing palliative care to the highest standard, along with the support of a nurse. We are able to take referrals for complex cases from the NHS or social services, and provide comprehensive care for our clients. We tailor our care individually to each case and ensure our clients are as comfortable and content as can be whilst we are providing care. We believe that palliative cases deserve the closes attention and support in their difficult time of life.
Gaudium is a proud member of The National Council for Palliative Care.
If you would be interested in joining the Gaudium team, then we would be delighted to hear from you.
Please visit our Careers page