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Orbit Independent Living shortlisted for International Dementia Award for work in supporting people living with dementia

Orbit Independent Living is among those shortlisted for the International Dementia Awards in the category Housing and Dementia. This award recognises innovation and high quality in provision of housing and housing support for people with dementia that allows them to stay in their own homes for as long as possible.

Orbit has been working with the Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC) based at the University of Stirling. The DSDC already have a study course aimed at domiciliary care staff but are keen to see how this can be applied and developed to meet the needs of housing associations. Orbit was chosen to work with the DSDC on the pilot project and it is for this work that they have been nominated.

Vicky Harwood, Director of Orbit Independent Living, said; “We are thrilled to have been shortlisted. The work completed through the project is improving the quality of life for Orbit customers who are living with the dementia by giving staff a practical toolkit to use that helps them better understand the disease and how to assist those managing it. It also helps housing associations across the UK to better train staff to the forefront within the social housing sector.”

The awards will be presented by Baroness Joan Bakewell, as part of the International Dementia Conference in Birmingham as the centrepiece of the Conference Dinner on 3 November.

Professor June Andrews, Director of the Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC) said, “This is a great way to celebrate what is best in dementia care. People are putting knowledge into practice and really making a difference for individuals, families and communities.”

The team were also presented with certificates for the successful completion of ‘Best Practice in Dementia Care Learning Programme’, a City & Guilds qualification.