Bid to make care home most “dementia friendly”

The nurse manager of a Hoxton nursing home has been awarded a prestigious £10,000 scholarship from the Florence Nightingale Foundation, which he hopes will help make it the “friendliest” nursing home for residents with dementia.

Roy Tecson, who works at the Mary Seacole Nursing Home in Nuttall Street, will focus on improving the lives of people living with dementia, through the leadership scholarship from the Foundation, a leading charity in supporting the development of nursing and midwifery.

Dementia is caused when the brain is damaged by diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, and the word describes symptoms which may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language.

Roy said: “I have seen an increase in the number of residents admitted to Mary Seacole with dementia in the last year. The work will focus on assessments, care planning and provision of meaningful activities. The project will sit very well with my personal aim to make the home the friendliest nursing home for residents with dementia.”