The dedication, commitment and outstanding efforts of Care UK’s staff in care homes across the country were acknowledged this week at the 2011 National Dementia Care Awards. Nominated in five of the 12 categories, Care UK came away with three awards that recognise outstanding service in caring for people with dementia. The winners were announced at a ceremony held as part of the UK Dementia Congress in Liverpool.
Carole Wardle, Area Manager, was chosen as the national Best Dementia ‘Dignity in Care’ Champion for her pioneering work in training carers across the north-west of England.
Elaine Carruthers, manager of the Orchard Centre, a 24/7 dementia day centre in Epsom, was named Best Dementia Care Manager in a Community Setting for the ground-breaking service she has developed since joining Care UK eight years ago. The centre offers an invaluable service to the community, including respite care throughout the day and night. People with dementia find company and a full programme of activities on offer; meanwhile, their families and carers know that their loved ones are in good hands.
Sara Goodwin, project manager, accepted the award for the Best Dementia Care Interior on behalf of Heather View, Care UK’s flagship new home in Crowborough, East Sussex.
Toby Siddall, Care UK’s managing director for residential care, said: “I am enormously proud of the team here at Care UK. To achieve nominations in five categories, and then to win three of those awards, reflects our commitment to innovation and quality care that will improve life for residents and their families.”