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A specially designed dementia care unit at the council-run Sedgemoor Dementia Support Centre in Liverpool has won a top award at the Pinders Design Awards, the awards for the care sector.

The purposely-designed £1.2 million pound project in Norris Green has beaten off stiff competition to scoop the Pinders Design ‘Best Care Complex’ Award.

Sedgemoor Pinders Design Awards Winners

The awards are in recognition of developments in care design, both new and converted, and are highly considered in the care sector.

Sedgemoor provides diagnostical and respite facilities for those living with dementia, and has been specially designed to include a calm and relaxing atmosphere.

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Place Court Care Home in Haverhill has passed their CQC (Care and Quality Commission) Inspection with flying colours, it has been revealed.

Place Court

The Care and Quality Commission (CQC) inspected the care home and interviewed residents and staff before declaring that Place Court Care Home had reached the Government standards for quality and safety.

The CQC (Care and Quality Commission) National Standards are:

  • treating people with respect
  • involving them in their care;
  • providing care, treatment and support that meets people’s needs;
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    caring for people safely and protecting them from harm;

  • staffing and management.

The manager of Place Court Care Home, which is run by national care company Care UK, Becky Abbink, said: “I really appreciate the team’s hard work and dedication here at Place Court.  They get to know each resident individually and were praised by the inspectors for their knowledge when it comes to meeting each resident’s needs.”

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Two care homes in Welwyn have used a grant from Hertfordshire County Council to help develop their dementia care programme.

Autumn Vale and Heath Lodge Care Homes, both in Danesbury Park Road, Welwyn, have developed a 1950′s style kitchen and lounge,  a 1940′s tearoom, a street scene and a sensory garden for their residents.

1940's street scene in Heaht Lodge Care Home, Welwyn.

1940′s street scene in Heath Lodge Care Home, Welwyn.

Staff from both care homes searched places such as Ebay, antique shops and local fairs in order to develop the unique settings for their care home residents.

1950's living room at Autumn Vale Care Centre

1950′s living room at Autumn Vale Care Centre

Care home residents celebrated the opening of the facilities on Thursday with a tea party.

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The Alzheimer’s Society have launched the UK’s first ever ‘dementia-friendly awards.

The awards, which form a response to the Prime Minister’s challenge to make the UK a more dementia friendly society, have been launched in conjunction with Lloyd’s Bank and the Daily Telegraph. The dementia friendly awards will recognise communities, individuals and organisations who have made their areas more dementia friendly.

In the first instance, the awards will be limited to England and made up of the following categories:

Ann Watkinson, is care centre manager at The Fountains Care Centre in Salford which offers both residential and nursing care for those living with a dementia as well as respite, day care and night care services. She has said of the awards; “These dementia friendly awards are a great idea. Many of us carry out tasks in our daily lives that to someone living with a dementia can be a real struggle. The more that as a society we can begin to understand that, the easier the lives of those living with dementia will be. By taking the initiative and asking ‘what can we do to help those living with dementia? We are already beginning to increase our awareness of their needs.”

Entries are now open and will close on 28th March, with winners being announced at a special gala reception in London in May 2014. For more information on the awards, please visit http://www.alzheimers.org.uk/dementiafriendlyawards.

For more information on nursing and residential dementia care in Salford and Manchester, as well as respite dementia care services and day and night care services, please visit http://www.liberty-health-care.co.uk

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Askham care home in Doddington, Cambridgeshire are seeking local sewing volunteers to work on items with residents.

The care home is looking for someone in the local community who is a dab hand with a sewing machine and would like to carry out some volunteer work on materials that need altering or changing within the care home.

If you feel that this is something you could get involved in, feel free to ring Askham care homes on 01354 740269.

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