Staff and residents at a care home in Girvan are celebrating after recently picking up a top award from NHS Ayrshire and Arran.
The Ainslie Manor care home on the outskirts of the town won first prize in the health service’s National Smile month campaign as part of a promotion to promote good oral health inside care homes.
Care homes across South Ayrshire took part in the campaign and after a long deliberation among the judges it was Ainslie Manor who emerged as the winners beating Claremont Care home in Ayr into second place with the Queens Care Home in Prestwick being awarded third place.
Last month saw the undertaking of National Smile Month, and NHS Ayrshire and Arran gave care homes in South Ayrshire the task of designing a display to promote good oral health, with the NHS Ayrshire and Arran Oral Health promotion team working with the Care Homes as part of the Caring for Smiles programme.
Caring for Smiles is Scotland’s national oral health promotion, training and support programme for staff in care homes.
The aim is to work in partnership with managers and staff to deliver training that meets the needs of care homes. This ensures staff have the knowledge and skills necessary to improve and maintain their residents’ oral health and, in turn, maximise the health and wellbeing of all people living in care homes.
The care homes received a National Smile Month campaign pack of resources whichcould be added to or used in whichever way they wanted.
The aim was that the care homes would be able to produce a display or event which was fun, imaginative and helped promote the importance and benefits of good oral health.
The innovative ideas and high standard of displays and events made judging very difficult. Every care home received a certificate for taking part.
The winners of the National Smile Month display competition were presented with their prizes by members of the Oral Health Promotion team.
Karen Parker, Assistant Dental Services Manager - Oral Health Promotion, commented: “National Smile Month is an excellent opportunity to bring an element of fun to a serious issue as good oral health is vital for a healthy smile as well as a healthy body.
“We hope everyone had fun designing the displays and managed to continue to use the display after the judging to promote good oral health care.”
The British Dental Health Foundation’s Chief Executive Dr Nigel Carter OBE, added: “I’m delighted that NHS Ayrshire & Arran’s Oral Health Promotion team has joined the many schools, colleges, health professionals and other dental practices in engaging with National Smile Month.
“It is a great reflection of local community spirit and an excellent way to promote good oral health.”
For more information about the work that was carried out during the National Smiles Month campaign run by health services including Ayrshire and Arran you can visit www. smilemonth.org.