New Minister for Care, Gillian Keegan MP, visited Royal Star & Garter in Surbiton to mark World Alzheimer’s Day on Tuesday 21 September.
The Minister (pictured centre) was taken on a tour of the award-winning dementia house to experience first-hand the exceptional care delivered at the home.
Ms Keegan said: “It was great to meet staff and residents at Royal Star & Garter care home to mark World Alzheimer’s Day, and see the innovative care they are delivering to support those living with dementia. While our workforce continues to go above and beyond, the UK is also leading the way in dementia research – it’s crucial we continue to accelerate progress on how we look after, treat and ultimately find a cure for this cruel disease.”
Ms Keegan, who took up her new position on Monday (20 September), spent nearly two hours talking to the charity’s Chief Executive Andy Cole, Home Manager Helena Maher, residents and staff.
She was taken on a tour of the home’s Lister floor, which provides care to people living with dementia. She watched residents use the omiVista Mobii interactive table – a motion-activated projection system that creates dynamic images on a surface – and keeps them physically and mentally active by stimulating movement, memory, reasoning and recall.
Royal Star & Garter Chief Executive, Andy Cole, said: “We are delighted that the new Minister for Care was able to join us to mark World Alzheimer’s Day, and experience the outstanding dementia and nursing care we provide in our homes. I am grateful that the Minister took time to speak with our staff, hear about the challenges they have overcome in the past 18 months and listen to their views about the issues affecting the future of the care sector.”