A SOLIHULL care home which puts is residents at the heart of its work has been awarded the highest accolade achievable for its care of dementia sufferers.
The Royal Star and Garter Home Solihull’s Roundel Wing received the Level 1 status through Dementia Care Matters’ National Kitemark awards, following a recent unannounced Dementia Care Audit.
The award indicates that the home is demonstrating exceptional person-centred dementia care.
The team has also been shortlisted as a finalist in the upcoming national Dementia Care Awards in the ‘Best Dementia Team’ category.
Home manager Sue Tompkins said: “I am overwhelmed with pride, the whole team has strived so hard to reach the ultimate accolade of Level 1 and the efforts have all been for the love of the very special residents that are living at The Royal Star & Garter Home in Solihull.”
Staff at the Royal Star and Garter Homes do not work to a set of tasks or deadlines, preferring to work alongside people ‘at their pace’, ‘in their place’.
They often invite residents to lend a helping hand preparing the vegetables in the kitchen, understanding that having a pupose is vital to a person’s well-being.
The homes initially began as a charity in 1916 to offer care for wounded soldiers returning from the battlefields of World War One.
Now, the charity provides support for disabled ex-service people in its modern homes in Solihull and Surbiton.