Award for Heathfield dementia care home

Residents receive plenty of local visitors
Residents receive plenty of local visitors

Staff at one of Heathfield’s care homes were celebrating this week as they scooped runner-up prize for a leading industry award.

Heffle Court, a specialist home for people living with dementia, was chosen as runner-up at the gala event in London, from dozens of entries for the NAPA ‘Away Challenge.’

NAPA (National Association for Providers of Activities for Older People) is a registered charity with a keen and active interest in promoting high quality activity provision for older people. The challenge itself was intended to showcase those homes that offered their residents plenty of opportunities to get out and about and involved in the local community during the week of June 16-23.

Sylvie Silver, Director of NAPA explained more: “NAPA was delighted with the response to the Home and Away Challenge. More than 12,000 care home residents were involved in the two challenges. Heffle Court was highly commended for the time and effort put in to finding out what individual residents wanted to do and then going to great lengths to make it happen.”

Heffle Court manager, Debby Potter was thrilled at the announcement. She said: “Just being shortlisted for this award was a fantastic achievement, so to take second place was fantastic testament to our activities team. Samantha Keylock and her team work tirelessly to ensure our residents have access to a wide range of person-centred activities and they have been instrumental in ensuring that Heffle Court remains at the heart of the local community.”

The news comes as the Caring Homes group announces the launch of its ‘Living’ programme. The new initiative is a structured activities programme based around a ‘five a day’ approach of providing activities that always meet either social, emotional, cognitive, sensory or physical needs as part of the holistic programme of care delivered at the home.

Heffle Court is a care home in Station Road providing specialist dementia care for up to 39 elderly people. The home is run by the family-owned Caring Homes Group, which was founded in 1994 by mother and son team, Helena and Paul Jeffery. It has featured in recent editions of the Sussex Express as residents - many of whom come from farming or country backgrounds - are encouraged to care for livestock and manage their gardens.