The government’s Deputy Director for Older People and Dementia has praised two of Anchor’s Leeds care homes for providing outstanding quality care and support to people with dementia.

Gill Ayling from the Department of Health praised the teams at Simon Marks Court and Halcyon Court during her visit to the Anchor care homes on Friday 31 July.

Gill joined residents and staff at Simon Marks Court in Lynwood View for a birthday party for Winnie Webster, 99, before travelling to Halcyon Court in Headingley.

Simon Marks Court manager Jane Stone and Halcyon Court manager Julie Wignall talked to Gill about how projects in their homes align to the Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia.

Gill discussed the importance of making Leeds a dementia-friendly city, working with local people and businesses to improve understanding and remove the stigma around the condition.

Simon Marks Court and Halcyon Court recently partnered with Boots in Leeds Trinity shopping centre to run free dementia information and advice sessions, and Boots helped fundraise for a 1950s-themed reminiscence room at Simon Marks Court.

Simon Marks Court manager Jane Stone commented: “It was wonderful to have Gill Ayling here. Anchor provides specialist dementia care so we are really passionate about sharing our knowledge and helping the public to support people living with the condition.”

Halcyon Court manager Julie Wignall added: “As well as improving our residents’ quality of life, we want to help the wider community. It is so important to increase awareness and understanding of dementia, as there are so many little things people can do which make a world of difference.”

Find out more about Anchor's care home here.

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