Wiltshire charity named UK’s best dementia care teamA Wiltshire charity is celebrating after being told it has the best dementia care team in the United Kingdom. The Support at Home team run by Alzheimer’s Support has won the Best Team category at the prestigious Dementia Care Awards 2017.
The team, which provides highly personalised, one-to-one companionship and support to people living with dementia across Wiltshire, comprises 65 support workers and eight care coordinators.
They visit people in their own homes and take them on outings, building up a strong rapport with clients and helping them stay active in their communities for as long as possible. This service is commissioned by the Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group.
Joanne Armstrong, from Devizes, who cares for her husband Robin, knows from experience that this award is 'so well deserved': "The service from Alzheimer’s Support has been wonderful. I cannot speak highly enough of the support worker who comes to us at home. He understands our needs.”
The award was presented by former Emmerdale actor John Middleton at a ceremony in Doncaster during the National Dementia Congress.
The judges' citation reads: “Support at Home was chosen because the team is making a tangible difference every day to people in their own homes. Even though the support workers work with clients individually, there is an immense feeling of belonging and team identity."
"There’s been huge investment in team development and support which has been acknowledged and spread across Wiltshire.”