I just got a great phone call from the guys at the National Dementia Care Awards to let me know that we're finalists in the Dementia Training Innovation category.
Our Outstanding Activities programme has been shortlisted for the innovative training model, and more importantly the outcomes it causes for people living with Dementia. The outcomes show residents being able to contribute newly to their community or simply by enjoying themselves doing something unexpected, particularly with those at risk of social isolation
“ We did the Rural Radio Play with Rose (who rarely joins in anything involving speaking and listening) and I asked her to take a part….she read the part really well (although she says she can’t see well enough to read) and really got into the character. We all saw a different side of her louder and more confident.’
This was from an Activity Coordinator on our London Cohort. And as a result it's made a big difference to her relationship with other residents.
“Rose has enjoyed more attention from other residents since that day”
There was also great joy and engagement from someone who hardly speaks
“the other good news from that day was we included ‘R’ who can scarcely speak due to having had a big stroke. No-one had mentioned pigs as essential to our farmyard noises and he suddenly contributed some brilliant pig noises which caused much laughter for everyone, including him.”
The programme has really boosted activity coordinators confidence, and changed the way people think about activities.
“These boxes are going to absolutely change the way people look at activities. It’s absolutely brilliant.”
We're chuffed to bits to be nominated, and looking forward to the judging on the 19th October.
For more information on Outstanding Activities visit: www.laddertothemoon.co.uk/Programs/Outstanding/Activities/
For more information on The National Dementia Care awards visit:http://www.careinfo.org/dementia-awards/