Four staff from leading independent health care provider Four Seasons Health Care have secured a place in the final stage of this year’s National Dementia Awards. The care home operator’s four finalists have been shortlisted for the following categories:
· Life Time Achievement – Caroline Baker, Head of Quality & Dementia Care
· Dementia Manager – Christine Smith, Centre Manager at Holybourne Day Centre in London
· Dementia Team – Cedar Court Care Home in London
· Dementia Care Champion – Heather Hewlett, Personal Activities Leader at Bickleigh Down Care Home in Plymouth
Caroline Baker has been nominated for the Life Time Achievement award for her role in developing Four Seasons Health Care’s award winning PEARL programme. Since its introduction, PEARL has made significant improvements to residents’ well-being. Minimising the use of anti-psychotics to manage people with dementia is a national priority and PEARL homes have reduced the need for anti-psychotic medication by 48% on average.
Christine Smith was nominated for helping her team at Holybourne Care Centre build closer relationships with residents and their families to ensure that the care they deliver extends beyond the confines of the day centre. The care centre enrolled in Four Seasons’ PEARL programme three years ago and has worked hard to achieve Gold PEARL accreditation as a specialist dementia provider.
The team at Cedar Court Care Home in London have been nominated for delivering extremely high quality residential and day care for people with dementia. All staff focus on delivering person-centred care which means that each resident’s likes and dislikes are taken on board and play a pivotal role in the care they receive. The home has also created a welcoming and homely environment with a variety of areas for residents to pursue their hobbies and individual interests.
Heather Hewlett at Bickleigh Down was nominated by her regional manager for placing a special focus on residents’ past life experiences and how these may influence the care they require in their later years. In addition she has ensured that residents living in the care home remain connected to their communities, especially the Naval community which forged so much camaraderie during the time when residents served in the Forces.
Suzanne Roberts, Head of Business Development at Four Seasons Health Care, commented: “To be shortlisted in four categories at this year’s National Dementia Awards is a fantastic achievement. Our staff are all dedicated to delivering the very best dementia care to residents and the fact that we have four strong finalists is a testament to the effort and commitment that is demonstrated every day in our homes.”
The 4th National Dementia Awards will be held on 6th November 2013 at Colwick Hall Hotel, Nottingham. BBC News presenter Bill Turnball will be hosting this year’s awards.