Four care home staff have become Dementia Ambassadors having completed a six month course at Stirling University.

Laura Ross, Kevin Mitchell, Ovidiu Suciu and Patricia Thomson of Meallmore Ltd will be raising dementia awareness at care homes in Inverness, Alness and Nairn.

Gerry Hennessey, managing director of Meallmore Ltd, said: “Dementia Ambassadors are a vital part of our care services and have a positive impact on residents, their families and carers.  They support everyone in making everyday interactions as enjoyable and stress free for those with dementia.

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“Completing this course really highlights Laura, Kevin, Ovidiu and Patricia’s commitment to their care roles and I would like to personally congratulate them on this fantastic achievement.”

Laura and Kevin work in Inverness, at the Meallmore Lodge and Culduthel care homes, Ovidiu works at Redwoods care home in Alness and Patricia works at St Olaf care home in Nairn.

Dementia Ambassadors meet the Scottish Government’s Promoting Excellence in dementia care framework. The employees were awarded the ‘Best Practice in Dementia Care’ certificate, which is accredited by both the Royal College of Nursing and City & Guilds.

Kevin said: “Supporting people with dementia is a hugely important part of any care service role, so it’s great to improve my knowledge and be able to help others support those living with the condition.”

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