National Dementia Care Awards
2020 WINNER – Best Dementia Care Manager – Gill Pratt, Brook Court
The annual National Dementia Care Awards recognise the very best in dementia care across the social care sector, paying tribute to individuals who have demonstrated outstanding performance in their field of work.
We were thrilled to find out that Home Manager, Gill Pratt, won the Best Dementia Care Manager award.
Registered Nurse Gill from Brook Court has been a Home Manager for 30 years. The passion and high standards that Gill and her team demonstrate ensure residents live a meaningful and fulfilled life in a strong family atmosphere. Judges recognised Gill as a strong leader in every sense who is warm and caring to residents, relatives and her team.
We are also delighted to have been shortlisted in a further FIVE categories for the 2020 awards:
- Best Dementia Carer- Maggie Paynton, Highmarket House
- Best Activities Coordinator for people Living with Dementia – Coral Arrowsmith, Priors House
- Best Dementia Garden – Paisley Court
- Dementia Care Champion - Caroline Weeks, Kingsleigh
- Best Dementia Care Practitioner – Suzanne Mumford
Carer Maggie Paynton runs the Highmarket House dementia café and has created the homes’ very own choir. She was recognised for her commitment to knowing everything about each resident and their family and living by her motto ‘laughter is everything’.
Coral at Priors House was shortlisted for her easy-going, positive personality that makes residents feel confident about trying new things. From ballroom dancing to the formation of a ladies that lunch club, Coral goes out of her way to fulfil resident’s wishes.
A highlight of Paisley Court is the home’s very own pub for residents – The Paisley Arms – set in the beautiful gardens of the home it is complete with real optics, hand pumps, bar towels and a bell. There’s also a quaint tea room housed in a log cabin, a sensory garden and a beach area.
The focus for Caroline Weeks at Kingsleigh is about making dementia-friendly experiences happen – residents have even painted portraits which were displayed at the Tate gallery, which they went and viewed (before lockdown). Caroline’s commitment to understanding what it’s like to live with dementia has seen her become a source of support and information about dementia for residents, their loved ones and also colleagues.
A passionate advocate for improving the life of people living with dementia, registered nurse Suzanne Mumford has made many positive changes since joining Care UK, her latest being the implementation of Namaste care which is already showing great improvements on residents’ health and wellbeing.
Well done to our winners and finalists.
2019 WINNER in two award categories
- Best Dementia Care Manager – Katherine Matthews, Perry Manor
- Best Dementia Garden – Broadwater Lodge
Katherine Matthews from Perry Manor was recognised for her exceptional approach to care. With 23 years of experience working in the sector, Katherine always goes the extra mile to look after people and ensures support is available for everyone, from residents to team members and relatives.
Katherine and members of the team at Perry Manor adopt a person-centred approach, advocate activity based care and provide a range of ways in which residents can lead their lives as independently as possible, as well as ensuring personal wellbeing.
The team at Broadwater Lodge were crowned worthy winners at the awards thanks to the farm in the care home’s converted garden area which has been fondly named by residents as ‘Codgers’ Farm’.
The care home farm is a first not just for the UK, but for the world. “At Broadwater Lodge, we place great emphasis on individuals to ensure that everything they do or experience is meaningful and life enhancing for them. Our farm allows them to make incredible memories, with their families, friends, and the local community” says Home Manager Angela Bookham.