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Care home nurse recognised with award for pioneering dementia care

A care home nurse from Kircaldy has won a national award for her pioneering care for people living with dementia. Nina Hutchison, a senior nurse care assistant at Gowrie House Care Home, was announced as the winner of the ‘Positive Impact’ award at the Scottish Care Awards 2017.

The award distinguishes care employees who have made a significant impact on the care home sector, with their work positively aiding care home residents. Nina was given the award for her pioneering dementia care throughout the 13 years she has worked at the care home in Albert Place.

Her ‘Dementia Experience Poem’, which she was inspired to write following training on how residents with dementia may experience everyday life, has been widely shared across the UK and has helped many people to better understand people living with dementia. A relative of a Gowrie House resident who nominated Nina said Nina was an inspiration and “She has a positive effect on the residents in her care.”

“This is obvious by the extent that she goes to to ensure they are comfortable – physically, mentally and socially. We are all very grateful for what she has done for us.” Kelly MacDonald, deputy manager at Gowrie House was also quick to praise Nina for her service over the years. “The award is certainly well deserved. Nina’s an asset to Gowrie House and her dedication to our residents is exemplary.”

Source - Fife Today, 14th December 2017

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