Dementia Care Personality of the Year' at the 2012 - Helping Hands Home Care (Leeds)

Recipient: Helping Hands Home Care (Leeds)

Date: Wednesday 11 Jan 2012

Helping Hands dementia lead Jayne Vale was crowned the 'Dementia Care Personality of the Year' at the 2012 National Dementia Care Awards. The Awards, held as part of the annual National Dementia Congress are already established as the leading UK Event to recognize and reward the very best people in dementia.

Jayne was up against some very strong nominees in the final, all very experienced in Dementia care and with different backgrounds in the care sector. The category was for an individual whose personality and energy has made a difference in ways, which are truly inspiring and memorable and who actively promote excellence for people with dementia, peace of mind for relatives and a happy working environment

Following an interview panel Jayne was selected because she is, “a passionate practitioner and trainer who inspires her workforce and enables them to work effectively with individuals with dementia and in partnership with families.” Her award was presented by renowned Dementia expert and author, Professor Graham Stokes, and former Royal Correspondant Jenny Bond.

Jayne is the Helping Hands resident dementia expert - having looked after many of Helping Hand’s customers with dementia as a carer, Jayne joined our training team and developed her skills through the University of Worcester centre for Dementia studies. She now delivers Dementia awareness training to all Helping Hand’s professional carer and support teams as well as sharing her practical experience with the families of Helping Hand’s customers through our dementia family days.

CEO Tim Lee said "I am so proud of Jayne. Her commitment, enthusiasm and passion for improving dementia care within the home is inspiring, it is fitting that her hard work has been recognised and celebrated on a national care level "

Jayne said "I'm so pleased to have won and it was so unexpected. My main reason for attending the awards was actually to go to the conference to see if I can further my knowledge on Dementia. I'm always learning new things and I really enjoy being able to pass on my knowledge to our carers"

Helping Hands has over 23 years of experience of supporting customers with dementia; over 50% of our elderly customers choose us for their Alzheimer's or dementia care. This means we understand the very specific daily challenges and different stages of living with and caring for someone with this disease, as well as promoting the belief that appropriate care can be provided at home. That is why we are also working in partnership with Dementia UK ,developing a specific toolkit to help carers engage and orientate those living with dementia.