Crowborough carer nominated for national award

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A Crowborough carer nominated for a top national award says he finds making a difference to the lives of people living with dementia is a privilege.

Chris Belton, a health care assistant at Care UK Heather View care centre in Crowborough, has reached the finals of the prestigious National Dementia Care Awards for his dedication and commitment to improving the wellbeing and quality of life for residents living with dementia. The award follows a NICE decision to reward GPs who make an early diagnosis of dementia, making the condition more responsive to early drug intervention.

Chris joined the team at Heather View in 2012, having previously taken early retirement to care for his wife during the final stages of her terminal illness. Heather View home manager Trish Banks said: “The quality of his care is exceptional and his sincere, caring personality shines through, whatever the circumstances.”

Chris said: “It is entirely possible for someone with dementia to continue to live a happy, contented and fulfilled life. I am privileged to work with valued colleagues to provide care, support and guidance to people for whom, with the onset of dementia, life has changed, and with it brought new challenges and concerns. Clearly we try to meet the support needs of residents with kindness, understanding and compassion, always upholding the dignity and individual preferences of each person.”

Chris will be interviewed by National Dementia Award judges at the London Hilton Metropole and their decision will be announced on November 11 at the awards ceremony in Brighton.