Home earns award for dementia care

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A Hamiltonsbawn care home is celebrating after winning a Pearl award for its dementia care.

Hamilton Court is part of the Four Seasons group, which runs the award to enhance residents’ lives.

The programme successfully reduces the need for medication and results in improvement in well-being.

Tony Hart, manager of Hamilton Court, said the award was “testament to the hard work of all of our staff who underwent several months of specialist training”.

He added, “This included learning new ways of thinking about dementia and challenging the mind-set that someone with dementia may be seen as disabled or dysfunctional. There are concerns that anti-psychotic medications are too routinely used and the reduction of over-prescribing has become a national priority.

“The ethos of PEARL is to see beyond the symptoms of dementia to recognise each person as individual and support them to live their lives as closely as possible to the way that they always have.”

A party to celebrate the award was held last week, with children from local schools singing to residents. It was attended by The Lord Mayor, Councillor Darryn Causby.

The number of people with dementia is projected to grow by up to 40 per cent within the next 15 years.