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Sharon Probert crowned Regional Dementia Care Champion

Sharon Probert, Personal Activities Leader from The Rookery Care Home in Ebbw Vale has been crowned the Regional Dementia Care Champion for Scotland, Wales and the Isle of Man 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 Sharon 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.

Sharon was nominated by a colleague. Her nomination read: “Sharon goes above and beyond in her duties for providing activities for residents. She sources and event manages a range of suitable and enjoyable activities, arranges themed parties and costume events. She always demonstrates awareness and care for the social needs of the residents here ensuring their stimulated physically, emotionally and mentally Sharon knows the likes and dislikes of residents and tailors activities to suit their needs.

As the winner for Scotland Wales and the Isle of Man, Sharon 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.

Jennifer Whitehouse, Regional Manager for Four Seasons Health Care Wales, said: “Sharon is a fantastic asset in the home. Her creative ideas cater to everybody’s needs and are so enjoyable that the care team is willing to join in even on their days off. This I think is a fantastic endorsement of her skills. Well done Sharon!”

John Kirk, Managing Director for Four Seasons Health Care in Scotland, Wales and the Isle of Man, said: “Sharon is a great team member and clearly understands what great dementia care is all about. The endorsement from her colleague shows that she’s willing to go above and beyond the call of duty to ensure her residents’ wellbeing.”

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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