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Priscilla Halonka crowned Regional Dementia Care Champion

Priscilla Halonka, Deputy Home Manager from Botham Hall Care Home in Huddersfield has been crowned the Regional Dementia Care Champion for the North East of England in the Four Seasons Health Care Awards 2016 and is through to the national finals.

These are the 1st Four Season’s Care Awards and this Year over 700 people were nominated for awards by care home residents, colleagues and visitors. All entries have been of a very high standard making the judging process a difficult one. However, a winner had to be chosen and the nomination for Priscilla demonstrated how she continues to make a difference and provide special resident experiences on a daily basis.

During the judging process for the Regional Dementia Care Champion award, the panel was looking at a number of different factors including demonstrating a passion for dementia care and how they have gone the extra mile to make a difference to the lives of residents living in our homes with dementia.

Priscilla was nominated by a colleague. Her nomination read: “I feel that Cilla should be nominated for this as her passion is Botham Hall, she is never away from the home. Cilla works so hard and truly cares for her residents. All the residents know Cilla. Many of them look for her in a morning and hug her. She is so happy in the home, she arranges outings for residents and loves making sure they have lots of goodies. She is very good at assisting her Manager the day to day running of the home, and was a force to be reckoned with when we started our Dementia Care Framework Journey. She has an outstanding relationship with everyone from residents, relatives and visiting professionals. We couldn't ask for a better Deputy, she is exceptional. Botham Hall would be no where without her.

As the winner for the North East of England, Priscilla is automatically through to the national Four Season’s Care Awards finals. She will meet a panel of judges in for the last round of judging and will then join finalists from across the UK in Birmingham for a special event to celebrate their achievements and discover if they have won a national award.

Lynn Hawkins, Regional Manager for Four Seasons Health Care for South and West Yorkshire, said: “Priscilla is a fantastic individual and a true embodiment of the Dementia Care Champion. She knows everything there is to know about dementia, which results in her team being extremely well led. Congratulations Priscilla! You are truly deserving of this special accolade.”

Sam Jacob, Managing Director for Four Seasons Health Care in the North East of England, said: “Priscilla is a fantastic ambassador and pioneer of the Dementia Care Framework. She embraced it with vigor, all with the aim of developing the service to the full to fulfill the lives of her residents, and provide further skills and knowledge to her team. She is a shining example to us all.”

The Care Awards were open to employees from all Four Seasons homes across the UK and central team members to celebrate their commitment in the delivery of high-quality services to approximately 14,000 residents cared for in more than 300 locations.

The 14 categories have been created to recognise excellence in a variety of roles across the organisation ranging from ‘Carer/Support Worker of the Year’ to ‘Personal Activities Lead Champion’. We also wanted to recognise the hard the dedication and commitment from our residents, their relatives and volunteers.

Tim Hammond, CEO of Four Seasons Health Care said: “The award categories are all really important as we want to highlight the fantastic people we have working here in our organization. However, I believe it is important to acknowledge the special people who go above and beyond to help others in the community, and this is why our ‘Resident or Relative Contribution’ and ‘Volunteer of the Year’ awards are so important to us.

“I look forward to seeing all of our Regional winners at the National Finals in December.”

Date published: 15 September 2017

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