Penny¹s pool pulls prize

Posted on December 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

The Alzheimer¹s Society and the Queen¹s Nursing Institute have announced the winning entry of their new award for excellence and innovation in dementia care. The winner is Penny Smith for the Waterworks project based in Cornwall. Ms Smith manages a specialist dementia unit at Kernow House nursing home in Launceston, which is owned by Westminster Health Care. She uses a local hydrotherapy pool, along with her team of care assistants, to support a number of residents to go swimming on a regular basis. Alzheimer¹s Society deputy chief executive Jane Bell said the society had been impressed by the way Ms Smith included residents that others might have thought too challenging or risky. “She also clearly motivates and enables her staff to overcome their ideas about what people with dementia are capable of doing,” Ms Bell said. “The positive changes in mood, communication skills and agitation in the residents, both during and after the swimming sessions, show how much enjoyment is gained from these sessions.” Hig

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