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Southerndown staff awarded dementia care certificate

7th February 2007

Staff at Barchester's Southerndown care home in Oxfordshire have been awarded a certificate for passing a course aimed at enhancing their understanding of dementia.

Endorsed by the Alzheimer's Society, the eight-week Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (YTT) scheme involves several half day sessions and is accompanied with an exam at the end.

Members from across the Southerndown team took the course, including manager Shirley Archer, Bob Tinkham [pictured] from the maintenance team, the training manager, housekeepers and trained nurses.

"Caring for people with dementia is about remembering that they are still individuals and that everyone involved in the care can contribute to this – hence the multidisciplinary approach," Ms Archer said.

The certificates were presented by George Colbbourne, who is a member of an Alzheimer's Society committee and the husband of a Southerndown resident.

As well as providing specialist dementia care services in separate accommodation, Southerndown offers nursing services for older people and holiday breaks and respite stays.