Two centres in East Devon have won a prestigious national award for their work helping people with dementia. The Rowan and Linden Centres in Ottery St Mary gained the Innovation and Best Practice Award from the Community Hospitals Association.
The Rowan Centre carries out assessments, with support for carers and relatives. The Linden Centre provides activities and respite care. Both get referrals from the Ottery, Honiton and Sidmouth areas. They are managed by Gaynor Appleby, team leader for the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust.
Plymouth is "leading the way to raise the standards of dementia"
“Dementia is a time bomb ticking away. One in three people are affected by dementia either directly, with a relative or someone they know. Dementia is touching so many lives and it is so important to have better understanding of what people with dementia and their carers need so they can live with the dignity they deserve.
I have seen a lot of care homes and it’s a great pleasure to be back in my home city to see how it is leading the way to raise the standards of dementia care for the rest of the country to aspire to.”