HILARY Lee’s innovative work with dementia patients through Dementia Care International earned her an accolade from the WA Lions Club this week.
The exemplary service award was presented at the Cannington Lions Club on Tuesday night.
Her work has helped implement a philosophy known as Spark of Life, to increase the level of emotional care patients receive with the aim of reversing dementia symptoms.
The approach is being employed in 11 countries as a result.
Ms Lee, now president of Spark of Life, said she used to be an occupational therapist working with many aged care residents who were on medication to keep them calm.
She went on a day course run by Spark of Life founder Jane Verity and she and her colleagues then implemented the concepts seven days a week.
They and started to notice improvements in people with dementia within a month in terms of behaviours and language and this enabled people to come off medications, Ms Lee said.
The award was presented to the Kalamunda resident by the State Lions Club co-ordinator Sue Renton, along with the Canning City Lions Club President Chris Gwilym.
“It is an honour and a pleasure to receive this special award – both personally and on behalf of Dementia Care International, and the Dementia Foundation for Spark of Life,” Ms Lee said.
For more visit https://dementiacareinternational.com.