Making a difference to people living with dementia is a privilege, says Crowborough carer nominated for top national award.
Chris Belton, a health care assistant at Care UK Heather View care centre in Crowborough, has reached the finals of the prestigious National Dementia Care Awards for his dedication and commitment to improving the wellbeing and quality of life for residents living with dementia.
Chris joined the team at Heather View in 2012, having previously taken early retirement to care for his wife during the final stages of her terminal illness.
Heather View home manager Trish Banks said:
The quality of his care is exceptional and his sincere, caring personality shines through, whatever the circumstances.
It is entirely possible for someone with dementia to continue to live a happy, contented and fulfilled life.
I am privileged to work with valued colleagues at Heather View to provide care, support and guidance to people for whom, with the onset of dementia, life has changed, and with it brought new challenges and concerns.
Clearly we try to meet the support needs of residents with kindness, understanding and compassion, always upholding the dignity and individual preferences of each person.
Chris will be interviewed later in the month by National Dementia Award judges at the London Hilton Metropole and their decision will be announced on the 11th November 2014 at the awards ceremony in Brighton.
See article about the annual Care Home Open Day in June.
Heather View Official Opening
Heather View was officially opened by Joan Brookbank and Abbie Goldsmith, pictured cutting the ribbon in September 2011. Joan founded the local Alzheimer’s Society branch after her husband developed the condition. Abbie won a competition at Sir Henry Fermor Church of England Primary School to name the home.
Listen to Stephan Butler from CrowboroughLife speaking to then home manager Bill Roarty at the opening in September 2011: