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Jodie Wiggins crowned Regional Dementia Care Champion

Jodie Wiggins, Home Manager from Heywood Court Care Home in Heywood has been crowned the Regional Dementia Care Champion for the North West 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 Jodie 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.

Jodie was nominated by a colleague. Her nomination read: “Jodie has gone above and beyond whilst implementing the Dementia Care Framework at Heywood Court. She has demonstrated excellent management and organizational skills through the project. She is kind, caring and warm hearted person who will do whatever it takes to make a difference for the lives of the residents. Jodie is constantly striving to improve the lives of the residents she cares for and this was evident with a resident who lives with dementia. Jodie spoke to the resident and found out a way to soothe him, in this case it was giving his a toy dog as the resident sorely missed his beloved friend. She is a true inspiration and a passionate individual when it comes to care for her residents.

As the winner for the North West of England, Jodie 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.

Angela Clarke, Regional Manager for Four Seasons Health Care for Greater Manchester, said: “Jodie 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 Jodie! You are truly deserving of this special accolade.”

Rachael Junge, Managing Director for Four Seasons Health Care in the North West of England, said: “Jodie 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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