An inspirational Sanctuary Care home manager, a senior carer and community-spirited home resident have all been shortlisted for prestigious national awards.
Anita Fletcher, manager at Heathlands Residential Care Home in Pershore is a finalist for the Best Dementia Care Manager accolade in the National Dementia Care Awards 2014.
Joining her is Upton-upon-Severn’s Beechwood Residential Care Home resident Ray Perry, who is in the running for the Best Resident/Relative Contribution category and the home’s senior carer Denise Bayliss, who is a finalist in the Best Dementia Continence Care category.
Following her nomination Anita, who has managed Heathlands since March 2012 said: “I was surprised when I found out and cried when I saw the lovely things people had written about me. I am nervous - but feel great that people have put their faith in me.”
Her Regional Manager Anastasia Meredith said: “It is always hard to express this in words but when you walk into Heathlands you ‘feel it’ – a happy home and this is because the person leading it is truly dedicated and has a genuine passion for people.”
Ray, who has lived at Beechwood since April, was nominated for the contribution he makes to the lives of fellow residents, the home’s team and visitors.
The 81-year-old, who lives with dementia, organises nightly dominoes games for his fellow residents.
Beechwood’s administrator Stacey Warren said: “Ray is our ray of sunshine – he will always let me know how the staff or ‘stars’ as he calls them are getting on. He is an asset to our home.”
Speaking about the awards Ray said: “I haven’t done anything, not me. I’m just a normal chap who loves a game of dominoes. It is lovely here though and the staff are the real stars.”
Denise, who has worked at Beechwood for 12 years, was nominated for the dignified and sensitive way she manages the continence care of residents.
Organising dignity training sessions for colleagues and relatives, she supports residents requiring continence care in a way which the home’s manager Jemma said places their “dignity, independence and privacy at the forefront”.
After hearing she had got through to the finals Denise said: “I feel overwhelmed – it is so nice to be recognised for all my hard work and it is an honour to be nominated.”
Winners will be presented with their trophies by Paul Sinha at a high profile Gala Night on Tuesday 11 November in Brighton.
Now in its fifth year, The National Dementia Care Awards is an annual event organised by The Journal of Dementia Care. There are 18 categories altogether, each with up to five finalists.