Care homes from across the UK are once again being invited to take part in the #GladtoCare competition run by Person Centred Software, InteractiveMe and Sporting Memories.
This year, the competition will be focused on finding and sharing care home residents' favourite memories.
This comes after the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) updated its quality standard on dementia care, to include the recommendation that people with dementia are offered activities to promote their wellbeing. One of these activities is reminiscence therapy, which aims to invoke memories to reduce dementia-related agression.
Professor Gillian Leng, Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Health and Social Care at NICE, said, 'People with dementia can find it harder to take part in activities, to engage socially, to maintain their independence, to communicate effectively, to feel in control and to care for themselves. Providing enjoyable and health-enhancing activities like music or reminiscence therapy can help with this.'
This year’s #GladtoCare competition asks care staff to engage with residents to find out about their favourite memories. Staff are then asked to enter the resident's favourite memory on the #GladtoCare webpage. Care workers can submit a favourite memory entry for every resident in the home.
The competition closes at midnight on 31st October 2019 and the winning entry will be selected by a panel of judges from the social care sector.
Prizes are available to the winning nominations and include a tablet and three InteractiveMe profiles for the care home where the person behind the winning memory lives, and a Sporting Memories Care Settings Package for the runner-up.
Further details about the #GladtoCare competition, including full entry details and terms and conditions, can be found on the #GladtoCare competition page. You can also follow the hashtag on social media for updates on the competition.