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West Suffolk care homes celebrate success at regional awards event

August 22nd 2016

Care homes in Bury St Edmunds, Stowmarket and Mildenhall have been celebrating success at the first Care UK Suffolk Awards event, held on 16th August.

Residents and colleagues joined the nine other Care UK homes across the county for the special regional awards presentation hosted at Mills Meadow care home in Framlingham, followed by afternoon tea prepared by the ten Suffolk care home chefs.

Glastonbury Court care home on Glastonbury Road in Bury St Edmunds was presented with two awards; ‘Deputy of the Year’ for Amanda Thornsby and ‘Administrator of the Year’ for Julie Alcock. The home was also a finalist in the ‘Angel of the Year’ category for the outstanding work of carer Denise Tooke, and a finalist in the ‘Great Dementia Care’ category.

Jennie Rodger, home manager at Glastonbury Court, said: “The team and I are thrilled to receive two trophies at the regional Care UK awards, and to be a finalist in a third category. It was a wonderful occasion to see all the Suffolk homes recognised for their achievements, and to share our successes together.”

Mildenhall Lodge in Mildenhall also received two awards; ‘Suffolk Chef of the Year’ was presented to the home’s head chef Alan Cash for his outstanding culinary achievements, and the home was also recognised as ‘Most Improved’. At Davers Court on Shakers Lane in Bury St Edmunds, lifestyle coordinator Majella Wilson received the ‘Above and Beyond’ award after judges praised her passion, dedication and commitment. At Cedrus House in Stowmarket, Madalina Chiriac was presented with the ‘Nurse of the Year’ award, Nigel Orr received the ‘Maintenance of the Year’ award and the home was a finalist for ‘Great Dementia Care’. 

The Care UK Suffolk Awards were introduced this year to celebrate and acknowledge the individual achievements of care home teams across the county. There were 13 award categories in total, as well as a special ‘Suffolk Kitchen of the Year’ award where residents voted for the best homemade cakes, scones and sandwiches on the afternoon tea menu. The regional award winners will all go through to the finals of Care UK’s national Residential Care Services ‘Stars’ awards, held in November.

Care UK regional director Phillip Steyn was part of the awards’ judging panel and presented trophies and certificates to winning colleagues at the event. Phillip said: “We have lots of brilliant colleagues in Suffolk who really go the extra mile to help meet the needs of residents and their families. The awards have been a great way to bring the Suffolk teams together, recognise achievements and highlight best practice across the region.”

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Cedrus House in Stowmarket has been designed with residents’ wants and needs in mind. Each comfortable bedroom features a private en-suite and facilities around the home include a modern café, cinema room and a hair and beauty salon - perfect for a pampering session. The team deliver regular activities in bright, welcoming communal areas, giving residents plenty of choice when deciding what to do.

Cedrus House
Bittern Crescent
Stowmarket
Suffolk
IP14 5XG (For sat nav please use IP14 5GD)

0333 321 1987

  • Dementia care
  • Nursing care
  • Residential care
  • Nursing dementia care
  • Respite care
  • End of life care
  • Day club

Our skilled care teams deliver a range of round-the-clock care services, all matched to each resident’s needs. Everything about the home is designed with residents’ comfort in mind and a range of daily activities and regular events ensures that there’s always something to look forward to.

Davers Court
Shakers Lane
Bury St Edmunds
Suffolk
IP32 7BN

0333 321 1982

  • Dementia care
  • Residential care
  • Respite care
  • End of life care
  • Day care

Our 80-bed care home specialises in supporting people living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Keeping active is the key to staying independent, so we support residents to take part in a range of activities and even have their own small role in the home if that appeals to them – like laying the table for dinner.

Glastonbury Court
Glastonbury Road
Bury St Edmunds
Suffolk
IP33 2EX

0333 321 1989

  • Dementia care
  • Nursing care
  • Nursing dementia care
  • Respite care
  • End of life care

Members of the Cedrus Club day care centre love celebrating annual events in style. Members made their favourite sandwiches to take home for National Sandwich Week and crafted a flower mural during the week of Chelsea Flower Show. And when they’re not getting their hands dirty in the garden they’re hosting their own events.

The Cedrus Club
Bittern Crescent
Stowmarket
Suffolk
IP14 5XG (For sat nav please use IP14 5GD)

0333 321 1987

  • Dementia care
  • Day care

Every day at the Davers Club day care centre starts with a group coffee morning when our team and club members get together to share what they’ve been up to. Then club members are welcome to do what they fancy, playing Scrabble, having a sing-song or helping in the garden. Themed activities around annual events and days are always popular too, and a lovely chance to reminisce.

The Davers Club
Shakers Lane
Bury St Edmunds
Suffolk
IP32 7BN

0333 321 1982

  • Dementia care
  • Day care