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Stourport care home assistant shortlisted for dementia award
6:30am Wednesday 16th October 2013 in News
A MAINTENANCE assistant at a Stourport care home has been shortlisted for a National Dementia Care Award.
James Drew, who works at Ravenhurst Residential Care Home, part of the Sanctuary Care group, has been shortlisted in the Best Dementia Trainee category.
Mr Drew was nominated for the dedication he has shown by undertaking dementia training and making on-going improvements to the home to ensure that it is a dementia-friendly environment.
The care home’s manager, Stacey Meredith, said: “We are absolutely thrilled that James has been shortlisted. We put him forward for this award because since undertaking his Being a Butterfly dementia training James has worked his magic in terms of enhancing our residents’ living space to make it stimulating and interesting.”
The dementia-friendly improvements Mr Drew has made include the creation of a sensory ‘Inside Forest’, a log cabin which is an old fashioned convenience store for residents, raised flower beds, a traditional phonebox, a bus stop area in the home’s courtyard and decorating the home’s quiet lounge.
He has also created a ‘Sensory Lounge’ for residents with bubble tubes, touch and feel wall plates, a projector of sensory pictures and calming music.
Mr Drew said: “It is such an honour and privilege to be named a finalist for the Best Dementia Trainee award. A year ago when I first started at Ravenhurst I would never have imagined I’d be in the running for a national award.
“The thing I enjoy most about the work I do at Ravenhurst is that I can put my maintenance skills to good use while benefitting the home and residents with dementia. It gives me a huge amount of satisfaction and pride.”
Winners will be announced at the National Dementia Care Awards ceremony on Wednesday, November 6 in Nottingham.
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