Bupa’s Stonedale Lodge Residential and Nursing Home, Liverpool, Merseyside, are celebrating after winning a highly commended honour at this year’s International Dementia Excellence Awards. The International Dementia Excellence Awards are designed to recognise organisations and individuals who have worked to improve the quality of life of people with dementia. Stonedale Lodge was nominated under the ‘Good Nights’ category, an award that recognises measures that have improved the quality of the night-time experience for people with dementia or their carers. The team were nominated for their ‘Night Owl Club’ initiative, a scheme aimed at helping residents with dementia settle at night and reduce the number of falls. The initiative works by diverting a resident’s attention with a specially created box filled with activity prompts, should they wake during the night. Residents are offered a drink and some food and then spend time with staff by looking through magazines or playing a game. The scheme has already seen a noticed improvement in the fall rate of residents, reducing the number of incidents by 15%. This initiative will shortly be run out through further Bupa care homes in the Merseyside area and is being championed by Bupa’s Director of Dementia Care, Dr Graham Stokes. Patricia Fox, Regional Manager for Bupa’s northern home’s said: “This is a magnificent achievement for the home and is well deserved. I would like to thank everyone involved for their hard work. We have received numerous positive comments on the scheme and it really is benefiting the residents. We look forward to continuing these positive developments as we roll the scheme out throughout our other homes.”