A care home in Watford has opened a pioneering ‘dementia cafe’ for the use of its residents, their friends and families.
The cafe at Prince Michael of Kent Court has been developed using a grant from the Department of Health following comments from health Secretary Jeremy Hunt that dementia has replaced cancer as the biggest challenge facing the NHS.
Debra Keeling, who is the Deputy Director of Operations at RMBI, who manage the care home said that ‘The project is the final chapter in our extensive refurbishment programme which has had such a positive impact on the staff and people with a dementia who live and work in the dedicated Dementia Support Unit. The café plays a huge part in our providing a relaxed and homely environment, which in turn will result in our residents being more able to participate in daily life, therefore increasing their emotional and physical wellbeing.’
A chef at a Sturminster Newton Care Home has won a National Care Award.
Suzie Hember, who works at the Nazareth Lodge Care Home in Sturminster Newton won the award for ‘Care Chef of the Year’ at the prestigious awards, which can be entered by any one of the 20,000 chefs in care homes around the country.
As one of five shotlisted candidates, Suzie Newton was invited to London for a high-pressured ‘cook-off’ where she had to produce a menu against the other finalists.
This is one of three catering awards that the Sturminster Newton care home has won during the last 18 months.
Home owner Camilla Trimble said: “I am delighted that the standard of food served at Nazareth Lodge has been recognised by this national award.”
A care home in Stitsted in Kent has shown that age is no barrier to singing ability after setting up their own care home choir where the oldest member is 99!
The choir, formed at Prince Edward Duke of Kent Court Care Home makes regular outings to other care homes in the area and is made up of staff, residents and volunteers.