Galanos Lodge in Warwickshire, part of the Royal British Legion group, has been crowned winner of a competition raising awareness of the importance of reminiscence therapy.
Launched by Person Centred Software in the summer, with support from InteractiveMe and Sporting Memories, the competition asked care homes to provide their residents’ favourite memories.
Galanos Lodge won a tablet and three profiles on InteractiveMe’s bespoke app for reminiscence for a resident’s entertaining memory of the mishaps that happened to him and his wife on the way to church for a double wedding with his wife’s sister and her fiancé.
The runners up were Haulfryn Care in North Wales and Sheff Care in Sheffield who both won a Sporting Memories care package.
The winner and runners up were chosen by a panel comprising: Professor Martin Green, Chief Executive of Care England; Vic Rayner, Executive Director of the National Care Forum; David Brindle, the Guardian’s public services editor; Sam Dondi-Smith, Founder of InteractiveMe; and Tony Jameson-Allen, Co-Founder and Director of The Sporting Memories Foundation.
Martin said: “It is great to be a part of these awards, which celebrate the important role memories have in our lives and to our wellbeing.”
Vic added: “This is a fantastic way to capture memories! I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to view these snapshots of people’s lives. We live in an era where we capture our every moment on film, so it is wonderful to see the power of words in painting a picture of lives well lived.”