Celebrating dementia care success in Crieff

Thanks to the hard work of senior management at Balhousie Dalnaglar in Crieff, Balhousie Care Group has reached yet another milestone in its award-winning dementia care practices.

The senior leadership team there is the first in the care home group to have completed an enhanced course in dementia support for residents. They have been busy studying using Promoting psychological wellbeing for people with dementia and their carers: an enhanced practice resource, with support from Balhousie Care’s dementia services team. In doing so they have strengthened their understanding of how to best support the residents in the home.

The senior team is pictured, minus Staff Nurse Moira and Team Leader Jade who were sadly unable to attend the photo opportunity. Feedback from the team involved confirmed that the course has improved their knowledge and helped them reflect on their practice, something they feel will benefit residents and also help them to support the direct care team with best practice evidence.

Balhousie Dalnaglar’s care home manager Jorden Duffy said: “It is a pleasure to work with such a fantastic team who are keen to enhance their practice to improve the care they provide. Being the first team among 25 care homes to complete this course is fantastic and shows just how dedicated they are. I am very proud to celebrate with them in their success and can’t wait to plan our next steps together and progress even further!”

Yvonne Manson, operations dementia manager, said: ‘The enhanced resource covers six different modules, including assessment of dementia, communication between caregivers and people with dementia, and psychological approaches to distressed behaviour. There were some really positive learning opportunities and it was inspiring to see the senior team working together to drive forward change and celebrate good practice.”

Yvonne heads up a team of 100 dementia ambassadors who operate across the group’s 25 care homes, promoting good practice in dealing with people with dementia and cascading their knowledge to all staff. Yvonne is the 2018 winner of a National Care Award and RCNi Leadership Award for her work in dementia.