TRAILBLAZING carers from across Lancashire have scooped a top award for their hi-tech work with dementia sufferers.
TV presenter Esther Rantzen, founder of the Lancashire-based befriending helpline for older people The Silver Line, presented accolades to providers from throughout the county at a special ceremony at Preston’s Barton Grange Hotel.The care industry gongs, organised by the Lancashire Workforce Development Partnership (LWDP), were handed to managers and their staff for their pioneering approach to dealing with dementia patients.
Kathryn Connolly, registered manager at domiciliary care provider Delta Care Ltd in Preston, accepted the award after taking part in LWDP’s Dementia Initiative which involves carers developing techniques such as the use of iPads, music and dance, sensory rooms and even taking individuals back to their former places of work, to make life more fun for patients and staff alike.
She said: “It’s been inspiring and informative, the staff have benefitted and I’ve had chance to work with families and pass on what we’ve learnt.”
Among the list of other winners were Chorley-based SureCare Preston and South Ribble and the Portland Care Services Ltd-run Oakfield Nursing Home in Forton, near Garstang.
Former That’s Life presenter Esther 73, said: “It’s very important to celebrate best practice because that way you get the best staff attracted to this crucial work. There’s no question it’s going to make a difference. What the award recipients know and what I know is that good care which offers people not only safety and security but also friendship and the chance to have some fun, transforms peoples’ lives.”