We caught up with our Specialist Coach, Kate Donohue to ask her a quick fire Q&A…

How did you get involved in dementia care?

I originally got into Dementia care when I was working as a carer in the community. I found I had a particular connection with those who were suffering with the disease, particularly the advanced individuals. Working with them in their own homes, seeing the struggles they faced in their day to day lives gave me great insight into the disease, and created a strong passion within me to help make their lives better, in any way I could.

What do you love most about working for Atlas?

My favourite thing about working for Atlas is Jonathan’s and my colleagues’ drive to deliver incredibly beneficial therapies across the country. It feels amazing to work alongside colleagues who show such passion to improve the lives of those living with dementia, to be part of something that you can see making a difference, it’s the greatest job in the world and I’ve never felt happier in my career.

Tell me a memory that makes you smile when you’ve been working at Atlas

My favourite memory from my time so far at Atlas is when I overheard a group of members discussing how amazing it felt for them to attend the centre and how it made each of them feel like a respected human being in society, and to not be treated like someone with memory problems. They mentioned that for the few hours of the day they attended, they forgot about their diagnosis and just had fun, and went home happy, for me personally I don’t think there’s a sweeter memory, or higher credit to those I work with, than that.

What does a typical day look like for you at Atlas?

I am privileged to work in a few of our hubs at atlas which means my typical day varies quite a bit, which I love. It often includes morning meetings to discuss any changes of clients, what the plan for the day is, what members I have in my sessions, logistics etc. We are also currently in the process of opening two additional centres one which i will manage so some of my time is spent preparing for the opening.

What is your motto or personal mantra?

Breathe

How would your family and friends describe you in 3 words?

Full of life, supportive and funny.
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