A care worker at Oak Manor care home in Norfolk had a surprise visit from the Caring Homes managing director who presented her with an Ipad as the 1000th person to successfully complete the company’s dementia training.
Marlise Moura, who has worked at Oak Manor for a year alongside her husband Joao was delighted and overwhelmed at the surprise presentation and plans to pass the Ipad on to one of her children.
Oak Manor care home in Scarning, near Dereham, provides specialist residential and nursing care for up to 61 elderly residents living with a form of dementia. Home Manager Regina Mparutsa explained: “Marlise is the 1000th Caring Homes colleague to qualify in the Bronze Living in My World Programme.
“Here at Oak Manor 94 percent of the team have completed the training and the rest are booked in. We plan for everyone to do the silver level of training and then go for gold to ensure we are offering the best possible care for our residents.”
Living in My World is specialist dementia training, developed in-house by Caring Homes to further enhance dementia care. The course has three levels, bronze, silver and gold, with a ‘train the trainer’ element to allow colleagues to be taught to deliver the training to others.
Caring Homes developed and rolled out its My World programme to all colleagues across all its care homes during 2015-16. Accredited by City & Guilds, the programme has received very positive feedback from the wider care industry, colleagues and the families of residents.
Caring Homes Managing Director Laird Mackay said; “My World was created to help carers understand how those living with dementia see the world, with the intention of increasing understanding on how people can be best supported.
“The programme reassures relatives and residents that all our colleagues have clear expertise of a consistently high standard, based around best practice that has been accredited by a nationally-recognised training institution.
“It was a pleasure to make the presentation to Marlise and to recognise the fact that 1000 colleagues have now successfully completed the bronze level of our training.”
In addition to the 1000 bronze level colleagues, there have also been 84 complete the silver level of training and six the gold level to date