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DoCare’s Kerry-Ann scoops dementia award

AwardWell done to DoCare’s Dementia Lead and Area Manager Kerry-Ann Lees who has won the first ever Making a Difference for Dementia award to be presented in Gloucestershire.

The award was among a number given at the inaugural annual awards run by the Gloucestershire Care Providers’ Association.

Kerry-Ann, who has been with DoCare for nearly ten years, is passionate about providing excellent dementia care. She went on the first Dementia Link Workers (DLW) programme run by Gloucestershire County Council, and now oversees our dedicated team of DLWs, who train the rest of the team in delivering excellent care for clients with dementia.

She’s improved her skills by taking a PTTLS teaching qualification specialising in dementia and also delivers dementia training to a Cirencester charity, The Churn Project, to improve their understating of the condition.  She has also introduced innovations into DoCare, such as the ‘chatter boxes’; each client with dementia will have a box containing mementoes which they can look through with their DoCare support worker to make their visits more fulfilling.

Una Mills, DoCare director, said: “Undoubtedly, Kerry-Ann has helped drive up standards of support for DoCare’s clients with dementia. She has improved understanding of the condition within the company and the wider community as a whole; by implementing simple changes she has ensured clients receive the highest levels of support possible. We’re very proud of Kerry-Ann, and the award is very well deserved.”

The GCPA awards aren’t the first time Kerry-Ann’s passion for dementia care has been recognised. She was named the National Dementia Carer of the Year 2012, at the Great British Care Awards. In 2013, she won Gloucestershire Business Awards’ Best Employee Award.

Gloucestershire Care Providers’ Association is a membership body open to all independent providers of social care, delivering care to people in their own homes, in a residential or a nursing setting within Gloucestershire.