Bristol based charity Alive has been selected as finalists for the 'Best Dementia Training Initiative' and the 'Arts and Creativity in Dementia Care' categories in the National Dementia Care Awards 2017.
Alive is the leading charity putting older people’s mental health and wellbeing at the heart of care across the UK. Specialising in providing creative activities that engage older people in care meaningfully, they inspire care staff through innovative training programmes, giving them the knowledge and skills to engage with older people and improve their day to day wellbeing.
Alive’s Chief Executive, Simon Bernstein, said
“We are immensely proud to have been short-listed for two National Dementia Care Awards. Since 2012, Alive’s intergenerational projects have been bringing communities and generations together, improving the happiness and wellbeing of care home residents by increasing their social interaction with younger people."
Care home residents have an untapped wealth of experience and skills to offer their community and this year alone Alive have paired 16 schools with care homes through our Paint Pals project, which was nominated for the 'Arts and Creativity in Dementia Care' award. We were motivated to break down the barriers between older and younger people living in the same community, and to counter the loneliness and isolation experience by many older people in care. We also wanted to give children the experience of spending time with people who are living with dementia, leading to greater familiarity and a better understanding of their lives.
Our new Coaching Programmes (nominated for the 'Best Dementia Training Initiative') embed high quality, meaningful, engagement in care homes by supporting care staff through bespoke on-the-job training. This includes a wide variety of creative tools and techniques that all care staff can use at any time, no matter what their formal role in the home.
"The Alive Coaching Programme has boosted staff confidence, encouraged them to engage with older people all day every day, and led directly to improved CQC ratings in two of the homes where Alive has delivered the programme” said Simon.
Winners of the National Dementia Care Awards will be presented with their trophies by John Middleton at the high-profile Gala Night held on Thursday 9th November at Doncaster Racecourse attended by over 400 guests.
For further information about Alive please see: www.aliveactivities.org.