Sunderland care manager wins praise for dementia work

Bijumon Joseph works at Falstone Care Homes and will be shaving his moustache off to help raise money for their dementia Unit.
Bijumon Joseph works at Falstone Care Homes and will be shaving his moustache off to help raise money for their dementia Unit.
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A CARE manager will find out today if he has won a national award for his work to help those with dementia.

Bijumon Joseph, the deputy manager of Falstone Court and Manor Care Home, in Whitburn Road, Roker, has been shortlisted as a finalist for the National Dementia Care Awards, which are being held in Nottingham.

Bijumon, who has worked at the home for 10 years, is a finalist in the Dementia Care Personality category.

He is the home’s dementia champion and works with residents, relatives and staff to ensure that those with the condition receive the best quality of care.

His activities during his time at the home have included carrying out research with organisations such as the Department of Health about the use of anti-psychotic drugs. This research has contributed to a reduction in the use of anti-psychotic drugs by the people he looks after.

Bosses also say Bijumon has implemented dementia care methods in a variety of innovative ways and raised funds to help the home expand its activities.

By shaving off his moustache for charity, he raised £1,250 which was used to buy equipment for a sensory room and he was also instrumental in raising money to develop a sensory garden.

To stimulate residents’ memories and appetites, he has set up an old-fashioned sweet shop in the home and provided each resident with personalised memory and sensory boxes.

His next project will be to set up a support group for the relatives of residents with dementia.

Bijumon is attending today’s awards with his with his wife, the home’s manager Kim Whelan, quality assurance manager Margaret Roe, and Elizabeth Roscoe, the home’s owner HC-One’s regional operations director.

Kim said: “Bijumon is a much-loved and highly valued member of the team.

“He goes above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that our residents that have dementia receive the best standard of care.

“Residents, families and staff at the home all wholeheartedly agree that Bijumon deserves to be nominated for his commitment and dedication to the home and its residents.”Me