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Making moments matter’

Oxford, 31 May 2012

Chairman of the OSJCT, Peter Loyd, with Hon.Mario Galea

A fact-finding delegation from the Maltese Government to examine best practice in dementia care was greeted by the Chairman of the Trust Homes, Peter Loyd, and senior Trust professionals, in Oxford this week.

The delegation was led by the Hon.Mario Galea, Parliamentary Secretary for Care of the Elderly, together with Ms Isabelle Farrugia, Head of Parliamentary Secretariat for the Elderly & Community Care, Dr Raymond Galea, MD, FRCOG, Spec O&G (Leuv), PhD, and Mr Adrian Strickland.

The three day tour of Trust Homes kicked off with presentations on the latest developments in dementia care, looking at how to create environments and specialist care where residents feel welcome, secure and happy – making their moments with staff and their families matter. 

Chairman and Maltese guests

Staff emphasised the importance of understanding the stages of dementia and how this impacts on treatment. The physical environment is arranged to be warm and inviting, and many ‘reminiscence’ areas are set up for residents to enjoy and share with their visiting families and friends. Site visits in Banbury and Malmesbury covered a further two days.

The Orders of St John Care Trust Homes is a joint venture of the Order of Malta and the Venerable Order of St John, with 74 homes in four counties. Over 3000 residents are cared by 3000 dedicated, trained staff. For more information:

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The mission of the Order of Malta is inspired by its tradition of ‘Tuitio Fidei et Obsequium Pauperum', to assist the poor and the sick, and bear witness to the Christian faith.


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