A Community Mental Health Team for Older Adults in North Lancashire has been nominated for an international Dementia award.
The team at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust has been shortlisted in the Dementia Festival category for the 2015 International Dementia Awards. The awards will be presented by Baroness Joan Bakewell and are part of the International Dementia Conference. The community team was nominated for their 'Safer Wandering Scheme" which enables those living with Dementia to continue to live as normally as possible in their own homes. Part of the scheme involved developing positive relationships with the local Police Officers and PCSOs, providing training for them on perceptions of risk and positive risk management with people with Dementia.
Julia Pither, Community Mental Health Team Manager for Older Adults at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said:
''The aim of the scheme was to ensure people living with dementia lead the highest quality of life whilst reducing and managing any risk, with the least possible interference. Creating the scheme and developing relationships with partner organisations in the area is key to ensuring that you can live well with Dementia. I"m delighted that that the team has been recognised and shortlisted for the award, especially at an event that has such a wide audience.""
The international Dementia conference that is leading the awards will showcase the latest research alongside best practical guidance on helping improve the lives of people with Dementia.
It runs concurrently with the Care Show 2015, the largest health and social care exhibition in the UK.
To read more about the Dementia conference and the awards visit www.dementia.stir.ac.uk.