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Aine Devine crowned Regional Dementia Care Champion

Aine Devine, Deputy Sister from Lecale Lodge Care Home in Downpatrick has been crowned the Regional Dementia Care Champion for Northern Ireland 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 Aine 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.

Aine was nominated by a colleague. Her nomination read: “Aine is in charge of the Quoile Unit where the team has recently achieved the Dementia Care Framework Accreditation. Aine was an inspirational leader, who explained the process and encouraged her team to have faith in here to lead them through the Framework – gaining accreditation. Aine has made a difference to the lives of the residents in the Dementia Unit and the team have noticed a difference too.

As the winner for Northern Ireland, Aine 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.

Lorraine Kirkpatrick, Regional Manager for Four Seasons Health Care in Belfast, said: “Aine is a true inspiration and needs to be recognized for her time and commitment in getting her unit and team through the Dementia Care Framework process in such a short period of time. It’s a fantastic achievement and this award is very well deserved. Well done Aine!”

Carol Cousins, Managing Director for Four Seasons Health Care in Northern Ireland, said: “Aine Devine knows instinctively what is important to residents and relatives. You only need to visit the Fairy garden she designed and built at the home to appreciate just how she understands the impact of dementia and the significance of sensory memories for those in her care. A calm and assured nurse with a fantastic team ethic, Aine has embraced the changing cultures in dementia care with an openness that encourages her team to grow and develop with her.”

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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