Positive Practice Awards
Positive Practice Awards

Stacey Witterick

Shining Star - Non-Clinical

Bronze

Putting residents at the centre of every activity and consistently going the extra mile to meet their needs is the reason Stacey is a shining star.

Stacey works at Lindridge, our care home in Hove which offers long and short term specialist health care for patients with complex physical health and end of life care needs, as well as people with dementia.

She has been there for 18 years and has worked tirelessly to provide the residents with activities to enhance their daily living.

She has a positive attitude, always working with an ‘of course you can' mentality. She listens to what residents want and enjoy and tries to find activities that fit their needs.

For example, one resident was upset that they weren’t able to go to the shop to choose what they wanted, so Stacey created a corner shop on wheels that stocks everything residents want to purchase. And if she hasn’t got it, she’ll get it.

Another family member commented that he missed being able to take his wife out to restaurants now that she wasn’t well enough to leave Lindridge, so Stacey turned the library area into a private dining room, complete with waitress service.

When a resident mentioned that they were really missing their pets, Stacey arranged for PetPals to visit the home and they bought lots of animals with them for patients to pet – including Shetland ponies and sheep. And she made sure that the animals visited the rooms of patients who were unable to leave their bed, so that nobody missed out.

A daughter mentioned that she found cinema trips with her mother difficult now that she has dementia, so Stacey found a cinema that offers specialist dementia screenings and arranged for the residents and their relatives to enjoy the cinema experience together once more. 

And it’s not just activities that Stacey excels at organising.

When a resident with learning disabilities arrived at the home, staff were told that they had no family members. Through a social worker it transpired that they actually had a sister in a dementia nursing home nearby, and a further sister and family members in America. Stacey arranged for and supports the resident to regularly video call her family - she hadn't had any family contact for over 80 years.

Her nominator said: ‘Every year Stacey organises a memorial service at Christmas for all the relatives and staff to remember and celebrate the lives of the residents who left us during that year. Stacey works tirelessly to enhance the lives of our residents and is an asset to Lindridge.’

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