Heathfield home staff shortlisted

The activities co-ordinator at a Heathfield care home was shortlisted for a National Care award.

Sam Keylock, from Heffle Court, introduced an iPad so residents could talk to relatives via Skype and act as a sensory tool during the ‘Living’ activities programme; created an interactive setup of a reminiscence music corner and pub and organised a retro ice cream afternoon.

Heffle Court also took the runner-up spot in the national NAPA ‘Away Challenge’ which showcased care homes that offered residents’ frequent and varying opportunities to get involved in their local communities.

Manager Debby Potter said: “Sam has been with us for just over a year and has spent time getting to know each of our residents and understand their needs, enabling her to find new and exciting ways to engage those we support. She has quickly become an integral part of the holistic support provided at the home.”

Heffle Court, Station Road provides specialist dementia care for up to 39 elderly people. It is run by the family-owned Caring Homes Group,founded in 1994 by mother and son team, Helena and Paul Jeffery.