As experts in Dementia Care, staff and residents at Green Tree Court are always striving to raise awareness, reduce isolation and to improve the lives of those affected.
That’s why we were proud to support our partners the Exeter Dementia Action Alliance (EDAA), who were honoured at Exeter’s Community Awards.
Dressed in their finest, our residents Dan McCauley and wife Ann were honoured to attend the event accompanied by Gina Awad and Colin Bray from the EDAA.
Dan and his wife Ann are two such people that benefit from the amazing work that the EDAA do. Dan lives with Dementia, residing in our dedicated, therapeutic Dementia wing at Green Tree Court, whilst Ann still lives at home. Before meeting with the specialist staff at Green Tree and the EDAA, they were struggling to cope. There were feelings of frustration, guilt and despair.
Pictured, from left to right: Resident Dan McCauley, Ann McCauley, Gina Awad and Colin Bray.
Held in partnership with Exeter Express & Echo and Exeter City Council, the awards commend the diverse work of charities, voluntary organisations and individuals across the local area. Exeter Dementia Action Alliance were nominated for the esteemed Friendly Community Together Prize, awarded to organisations that help “bring people together, reduce isolation and create great places to live”.
Working towards becoming a Dementia friendly City, EDAA work very closely with our experts to ensure our residents are engaged, entertained and challenged.
Gina is a friendly, familiar face to our residents; she works tirelessly to empower each individual she encounters and is often found organising engaging activities – such as the dementia friendly shopping experiences.
Home Director, Helen Rushton from GTC said: “We work hard to ensure we provide a holistic approach to Dementia care. We offer a wide range of therapeutic activities and welcoming environments for our residents, promoting an active lifestyle.”
“With the combined help that our organisations offer, Ann and Dan are able to enjoy time out together again, knowing there is help at hand should they need it.”
Ann commented “The Alliance is a wonderful and greatly needed organisation that recognises the needs of both the person living with dementia and their carer in dealing with this debilitating disease”.
Gina Awad from EDDA said, “Raising awareness, educating the community and aspiring to promote social inclusion is essential in battling the stigma that is attached to dementia. While this is a priority it is equally crucial to recognise the daily difficulties families and carers encounter.”
“We were truly delighted to be able to invite Dan & Ann for a really enjoyable evening out as well as the opportunity to see many local recipients recognised for their dedication to the people of our remarkable city of Exeter.”
You can find out more about the EDAA and why they’re fighting for a more Dementia Friendly Devon here.