Leisure & Lifestyle Champions!

Posted on 2nd October 2019

On the 21st September Nicholas James Care Homes and Regal Care Trading were celebrating our finalists at this year’s Kent Care Awards hosted by the Kent Integrated Care Alliance.

We are really proud that at this year’s awards there was recognition of the importance of Leisure and Lifestyle Coordinators with 4 of our Leisure and Lifestyle Coordinators being finalists and another was announced as the overall winner of the Dementia Carer Award.

Claire Dodds from our residential homes Dale Mount & Dale Lodge won the Dementia Carer Award. Claire is truly inspirational in her role as the Leisure and Lifestyle Coordinator and her infectious personality, knowledge and compassion makes a difference every day to the lives of the residents who live within the homes. Claire helps to create a vibrant, energetic and active environment for the residents, where there is never a dull moment and each and every resident is enabled to live a person centred and meaningful lifestyle with the approach of “you’re never too old for fun!”

Linda Smith from our Residential Home Eastfields who was a finalist in the Dementia Carer Category. NAPA trained Linda is the Leisure and Lifestyle Coordinator at the home and has played an inaugural role in changing the perception of ‘activities’ within social care.

Collette Eldridge from Walmer Care in Deal who was nominated in the Ancillary Award. Collette is a vital part of the Walmer Team always bringing her infectious personality and dedication to creating vibrant and meaningful Lifestyle Services within the home and helping promote the importance of ‘activities’ within social care.

Helen Couldridge the Leisure and Lifestyle Coordinator from Alpine Residential Community in Sevenoaks who was nominated in the Putting People First Personalisation Award. Helen has been a driving force in the implementation of person centred and meaningful social and leisure services at Alpines. Year in, year out she is always finding creative and innovative ways to continue to improve the Leisure Services.

From Whitstable Nursing Home Stacey Scott our Leisure and Lifestyle Coordinator was a finalist in the Ancillary Worker category. Stacey has shown true dedication since starting her role in April of 2016. She has completely reshaped the Leisure Services in the home and is someone who is passionate that the service should be person centred and accessible to all. She is someone who is very determined and never likes to take NO for an answer. Stacey has a real gift for getting her local community involved within the home and also the home involved within the local community. She has made a real difference.

In 2016 both groups looked to reshape the ‘activity’ provision within our homes. Moving away from the use of the word ‘activity’ and re classing this part of our services as the Leisure and Lifestyle Services. We wanted to be led not only through resident focus but from those leading in this field. We did this by becoming members of NAPA and offering all of our Coordinators NAPA Training. Now our services are focused on providing person centred, vibrant, energetic and meaningful lifestyles for the residents within our homes. Ensuring that no matter what, they feel that are valued and are able to contribute to their communities.

Well done to all of our Leisure and Lifestyle Coordinators across our 28 Residential, Nursing and Learning Disability Homes for their continued dedication to providing what we think is outstanding Leisure and Lifestyle support and services for our residents.

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