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2nd March 2015

My Home Life Cymru award win for CFW member

A Pembrokeshire care home which last year took its residents on a cruise of the Norwegian fjords has won the My Home Life Cymru award at the Age Cymru annual gala dinner and awards ceremony.

Pen-Coed Care Home, near Saundersfoot, won the My Home Life Cymru Award at the awards ceremony in Cardiff on February 27. The award was one of six presented by Age Cymru.

The My Home Life Cymru programme is aimed at improving the lives of people who live in, visit and work in care homes.

Pen-Coed's registered manager, Sue Mason, said: “The team at Pen-Coed has truly broken the mould with regard to the expectations of its residents. We have a strong belief that living with dementia should not stop people living a full life.

“It’s not a question of days out for our residents, but full-blown foreign holidays. In April 2014, we organised a cruise to the Norwegian fjords.

“For some of the residents this was their first time abroad so it was so they also had the excitement of applying for a passport, shopping for new clothes and packing their suitcases – as well as the new experience of going on a cruise.

“There were so many activities on board throughout the day and in the evening everyone dressed up for dinner and enjoyed dancing too if they wanted.

“We have also taken residents on holiday to destinations including Madeira and Spain,” she added.

Pen-Coed Care Home is part of the Dale Road Group which has five care homes in Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire.

The My Home Life Cymru team said: "Pen-Coed Care Home is committed to the My Home Life Cymru programme and ensures the residents is at the heart of the relationship centre care they provide.They strongly believe people living with dementia should not stop living as fulfilled life."

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