A manager of a care home in Evesham has been named the winner of a national care award for her innovative approach to dementia therapy which has dramatically improved the quality of life of those suffering from the illness.
Mary Tasker, who manages The Hawthorns in Evesham, which is owned and operated by Shaw healthcare, won the Best Dementia Continence Care category at the National Dementia Care Awards. She received the award at the ceremony in the Hilton Birmingham Metropole. Ms Tasker has been credited with transforming the home since she started in 2009, helping her team to understand how to ensure residents’ rights and dignity are supported at all times.
The judges said that Ms Tasker demonstrated a passion and in depth understanding of promoting positive approaches to continence care, stating that she takes a holistic and creative approach to understanding the needs of each resident, and her desire to create continence care specialists highlights her ambition to continually improve.
Ms Tasker has also been nominated for Dementia Care Manager Award at the 17th annual National Care Awards, which take place at the end of this month.
Ms Tasker said: “I’m extremely happy to have won this award, which wouldn’t have been possible if it wasn’t for my dedicated team of staff. By providing round the clock care to our residents, we can formulate a personal plan which helps each patient while also allowing them to freedom that they deserve.
“Receiving this award is a great accolade and I intend to continue providing the highest level of care to those who most need it.”
Suzanne Hughes, deputy chief executive at Shaw healthcare, said: “We are delighted that Mary has been won such a prestigious award, thanks in no part to her dedication to providing people with dementia with the best quality person-centred care.
“She has given the team at The Hawthorns an insight into the resident’s lives, meaning that they can fully understand how to respond to the individual needs of a patient so that they feel comforted, safe and valued as an individual. We’d like to thank Mary and her team for their work in sharing our key values of providing the very best care to each and every resident.”
Shaw healthcare is one of the UK’s leading health and social care providers. It provides care to individuals in nursing and residential homes, hospitals, supported living arrangements, extra care schemes and domiciliary care settings. Its services range from comprehensive care packages through to low-level support in the community for older people and adults with physical, sensory or mental health support needs.