An innovative service that helps older people with dementia in East Devon is in line for a prestigious national award.
The Rowan and Linden centres have been shortlisted for the Innovations and Best Practice in Community Hospitals Awards 2012.
The centres, based at Ottery St Mary Hospital, provide a safe haven and ongoing support for people with dementia, anxiety or depression.
The awards are run by the Community Hospitals Association, whose chief executive Barbara Moore came to Ottery on a recent fact-finding mission.
The award winners are set to be announced later this month. Team leader Gaynor Appleby said: “We are absolutely delighted to be shortlisted for such a prestigious award.
“The staff here have worked really hard to make this service the success it is and the feedback from individuals, carers and families has been very positive since we opened two years ago.
“To be recognised nationally is proof that what we’re doing is really proactive and positive for people with dementia, and we’re delighted this model is now being copied in Axminster.”
The Rowan centre offers a 12-week assessment for individuals, who take part in a variety of activities under the watch of key workers, while carers and loved ones are given one-to-one support.
The Linden day centre provides activities and ongoing support for individuals and respite for carers.
The centres, which celebrate their second anniversary at the hospital this month, are run by the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust and receive referrals from the Ottery, Honiton and Sidmouth areas.
Such has been their success, Gaynor was asked to replicate the model at Axminster Hospital.
The Conybeare Assessment Centre, a sister to Rowan, was launched in September and is open two days a week.
The Willow Day Centre, a sister to Linden, was set up in October and is open one day a week.
The Conybeare and Willow centres receive referrals from the Axminster and Seaton areas.