Martha Pusey, Innovations and Development Manager at ARC members The Aldingbourne Trust, has been awarded Best Practice Award at the annual West Sussex Care Accolades. Nominated for the work she does supporting people with Dementia and Learning Disabilities, Martha was delighted to receive the award.
Martha has worked for Aldingbourne for nearly 10 years and started in the residential projects supporting adults with learning disabilities to live independently. She rose to be manager of Milton Lodge, a residential property in Bognor, and then turned her interest to supporting people with learning disabilities who have developed Dementia. People with learning disabilities are now living longer due to improved medical resources, living conditions and general understanding of disabilities; however it has been discovered there is also an increased chance of developing Dementia aged 50 onwards.
Wishing to pursue this further, Martha obtained a Masters Degree in Dementia Studies. She became Chair of the local Dementia Alliance and now works tirelessly to deliver training and information about Dementia across the County.
Sue Craig, who nominated Martha for the award said: “Martha came into social care because she cares about people. This inherent value permeates throughout everything she does and is infectious. Martha demands high standards of herself but is unaware of the high esteem that others hold her in. Nothing is too hard in the quest for improved quality of life for service users. Martha chairs ‘inspiring and motivating meetings’ of the Bognor and Chichester Dementia Action Alliance attended by service users and families.”