The OM Interactive team enjoyed a fabulous three days demonstrating our Mobii sensory table at the National Dementia Congress Event at Doncaster Race Course, culminating in the National Dementia Care Awards on the eve of 7th November.
As winners of the Outstanding Product Award 2018 we felt honoured to sponsor the Dementia Arts & Creativity Award as well as being part of the judging panel for the Best Dementia Team award.
The evening was hosted with heartfelt enthusiasm by ex-England Rugby 7’s captain Ollie Phillips, a charity ambassador for the Alzheimer’s Society following the loss of his beloved grandmother to the disease.
Our Senior Customer Liaison Officer, Russell Harwood, was proud to present the Arts & Creativity Award to a brilliant collaboration between the Central School of Speech & Drama & Imperial College NHS Trust. A project bringing immersive inter-generational drama experiences to older people with dementia on hospital wards.
One of our Care Specialists, Caron Sprake, (of CaronCares), joined a top judging panel of April Dobson of Hallmark Care & Aderio Rocha of TLC Care to select St Cuthbert’s Hospice, Durham, as the best Dementia Team.
The Awards were a true celebration of the very best in Dementia Care including an award to Wendy Mitchell for her Exceptional Contribution as a person living with dementia, author of a best-selling book and two honorary doctorates. It was also good to see the Dementia Training prize go to ‘DementiaTrainers’ an organisation that has put people with dementia in the driving seat with their EDucate training programme, the true experts of the lived experience.
The final award of the evening went to Professor Dawn Brooker for a Lifetime of Achievement in Dementia Research/Care. Her ground-breaking research into the use of technology has been so insightful for us, highlighting the potential for intuitive tech to deliver meaningful experiences in dementia care, enabling all ages and abilities to keep on participating.
We would like to congratulate all the worthy winners of the Dementia Care Awards 2019 and all those who contributed to the Congress Speeches, plenaries and sessions. We look forward to working alongside many of you in 2020.