Ceri’s innovation lands her care award

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

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in Local People

An activities organiser whose willingness to “think outside the box” has helped people with dementia at a Bridgend care home has had her work recognised with a prestigious award.

Ceri Powell, aged 58, who works at Hafod Care’s Brocastle Manor, won a bronze award in the category for ‘Excellence in Dementia Care’ in this year’s Wales Care Awards, organised by Care Forum Wales.

Ceri, from Pencoed, introduced an audit tool to assess the ‘quality of life outcomes’ for all service-users and has devised a dementia-friendly action plan for Brocastle Manor, working closely to engage the local community.

One activity has been to involve students from nearby Atlantic College who visit the home on weekly basis to chat one-to-one or engage in group activities with the residents.

Another innovation is ‘Book Cwtch’ in which residents meet each week to read and review literature and poetry. Ceri also reviews newspaper articles, short stories and other items.

She has worked in the care field for 20 years and was stunned but delighted to be shortlisted after being nominated by Marc Pullen-James, currently manager of Brocastle Manor.

She started work at Southerndown Care Home but transferred nine years ago to Brocastle, which has a total of 80 residents with different needs, including dementia sufferers.

She gets great pleasure and job satisfaction from enhancing the residents’ lives.

“It’s lovely to see the difference one makes to them. I am amazed to have been nominated, but it really is a team effort because it would be impossible to do it without the support from everyone in the home.”

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