STAFF at a Hagley care home are celebrating after receiving a prestigious award which recognises their commitment to supporting people with dementia.
After taking part in a six-month ‘See Me’ training programme, which is based on stimulation, engagement, environment and education, Chandos Lodge Residential Home was presented with a bronze award by Adventure with Dementia.
Staff were taught how to make closer links with their community, enhance mealtimes, stimulate through music and support residents in their every day lives.
Ann Norris, manager at Chandos Lodge, said: “This is a big achievement for us as it shows we’re taking the right steps in helping our residents who are living with dementia.
“We had to go through a really tough process and will continue to be rated every six months to ensure everything remains in place.
“More than anything, the programme has allowed us to bring in positive changes.
“They have helped ensure we maintain a homely feel and a place where residents can gain experiences which stimulate memories, such as exploring our sensory garden where they can enjoy sights, smells and sounds.
“We are also making mealtimes a much more enjoyable occasion so memories can once again be stimulated through taste and smells. It gives us a brilliant framework to stick to.”
Rachel Kenyon, co-founder of Adventure with Dementia Worcestershire, said: “Throughout the programme we were so impressed with Ann and her team.
“They want to be the best they possibly can be in terms of dementia care and that dedication really shone through. We’re looking forward to visiting Chandos Lodge again early next year to see the progress being made.”