Putting dignity and respect at the heart of all they do has secured a place in the final of a prestigious national awards scheme for two Faringdon care workers. Wendy Mead and Sarah Little of The Grange Care Centre in Stanford in the Vale have made the shortlist in the National Care Awards.
The category in which Wendy and Sarah are shortlisted celebrates the way that dignity and respect for residents and staff are central to the way the home operates, showing tangible benefits for residents and staff alike. The pair will attend a ceremony on 24 November at the Hilton London Metropole, hosted by comedian and TV presenter, David Baddiel.
“We are delighted to see the incredibly hard work undertaken by Wendy and Sarah being recognised in the equivalent of the care home Oscars. Just being finalists in this category shows that their approach is one of the best in the country – no small accolade in its own right – and we will be keeping our fingers crossed that they bring home the award next month,” comments chief executive of Forest Healthcare, Paul Musgrave.
As centre manager, Wendy was singled out for particular praise in the home’s most recent Outstanding Care Quality Commission inspection report, with the home described as being exceptionally well-led. The report pointed out that ‘ the culture of the service was based on the principles of respect and empathy towards people ’.
“Our residents mean the world to us, and we do everything we can to give them the best possibility quality of life,” comments Wendy. “We treat them with the dignity and warmth you would find in a family home, and it is incredibly gratifying to see this recognised as being best practice within the care sector, and flattering to have been shortlisted for this award.”