Three proved to be the magic number for local Care UK teams recognised at the Surrey Care Awards.
The homes, Appleby House in Epsom, Kingsleigh in Woking and Broadwater Lodge in Godalming are all celebrating after each winning an award at the prestigious event.
The Surrey Care Awards reward excellence and innovation in the care home sector across the county. The three Care UK homes were nominated for Most Innovative Activity Programme, Excellence in Delivering Dementia Care, and Registered Manager of the Year.
Kingsleigh care home, on Kingfield Road, came first for Most Innovative Activity Programme. Thanks to the team’s focus on meaningful lifestyles, the home embarked on some major changes to reflect the residents’ interests and hobbies – including the creation of a pub, The Squashed Inn, and a coffee shop, where the colour scheme and name were chosen by residents.
Shona Bradbury, home manager at Appleby House, was announced as Registered Manager of the Year due to her boundless energy, creativity and good humour.
Described as a ‘shining light for the highest quality and most innovative dementia care’ – Shona has forged strong relationships with local charities and organisations, including the National Activity Providers Association, The Purple Angel dementia awareness campaign and Creative Minds. These relationships all enhance her knowledge and that of her team, as well as ensuring the very highest quality activities for residents.
Broadwater Lodge in Godalming scooped the award for Excellence in Delivering Dementia Care.
Home manager Angela Bookham has a clear vision of the care setting she wants to create – and leads by example to make this happen. The team at the care home understand that great dementia care is all about seeing the person behind the dementia, and Angela ensures the focus is on what residents can do, rather than what they cannot. After creating a vintage pub, kitchen and aviary, Angela’s team took resident’s interests even further last month by creating a small farm at the home, complete with pigs, goats and chickens.
Karen Seabrook, regional director for Care UK, said: “Across all of our Care UK homes in Surrey we strive to create a sense of belonging, as well as building strong links and support systems with our community neighbours. Our care homes are first and foremost the residents’ home, and we want to ensure all residents lead interesting, fulfilling lives.
“We’re over the moon that our efforts have been recognised and we’ve received three fantastic awards! I know the teams at all three homes work incredibly hard to provide residents with compassionate, person-centred care, and I’m delighted that this has been recognised in the Surrey Care Awards.”