6th Dec, 2016

Dementia nurse picks up award

Aaron Wise 4th Dec, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

A CARING staff member at an Evesham dementia nursing home has won a prestigious national award.

Mary Tasker recently won the Best Dementia Continence Care category at the National Dementia Care Awards for her outstanding quality support to residents at The Hawthorns nursing home.

Ms Tasker, described by colleagues as ‘unique’, scooped the accolade for transforming the town’s specialist dementia nursing home and its team of staff since she started in 2009, helping ensure residents rights and dignity are protected at all times.

She has also been instrumental in bringing innovative dementia therapy areas to the care home, including a ‘pop-up pub’ which recreates a traditional bar setting for residents to gather and enjoy their favourite tipple and reminisce in a familiar environment.

The judges said Ms Tasker demonstrated a passion for promoting positive approaches to continence care, stating she takes a holistic and creative approach to understanding the needs of each resident.

“I’m extremely happy to have won the award which wouldn’t have been possible if it wasn’t for my dedicated team of staff,” said Ms Tasker.

“Receiving the award is a great accolade and I intend to continue providing the highest level of care to those who most need it,” she added.

Suzanne Hughes, deputy chief executive at Shaw Healthcare said: “We’re delighted Mary has won such a prestigious award.

“She has given the team at The Hawthorns an insight into the resident’s lives, meaning they can fully understand how to respond to the individual needs of a patient so they feel comforted, safe and valued as an individual.

“We’d like to thank Mary and her team for their work in sharing our key values of providing the very best care to each and every resident.”