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Minnie, 85, has dementia and yet helps others
AN 85-year-old dementia sufferer has been shortlisted for a national award in recognition of her efforts to help others with the condition.
Minnie Burton, a resident at Beechwood Residential Home, Upton-upon-Severn, is in the running for the Best Resident Contribution trophy at the prestigious 2013 National Dementia Care Awards.
Despite facing the challenges of dementia, she acts as the “voice” for other residents at the Sanctuary Care property and helps plan activities as well as having a say in recruitment at the home.
She said: “I am really pleased to have been shortlisted for this award. I do not do what I do for recognition but because I really enjoy supporting my friends and the team at the home.”
Beechwood manager Jemma Robinson, who made the nomination, said: “We are absolutely thrilled that Minnie has been shortlisted.
“Although she has dementia, which she continually overcomes challenges with, she often accomplishes things she didn’t think she could – all the while looking out for the welfare of others.”
Mrs Burton is now looking forward to attending an awards ceremony in Nottingham on Wednesday, November 6, when she will discover whether she has been chosen as the overall winner.
Another Worcestershire nominee will also be attending the ceremony.
James Drew, maintenance assistant at Ravenhurst Residential Care Home in Stourport, has been shortlisted in the ‘best dementia trainee’ category.
He was nominated by manager Stacey Meredith for his dedication to undertaking dementia training and making improvements to ensure the home is dementia-friendly.
“We put James forward because he has worked his magic in terms of enhancing our residents’ living space to make it stimulating and interesting.,”
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