A local care home in Brentwood, is celebrating the news that their very own head housekeeper has been highly commended at the prestigious Essex Care Sector Awards.
Diane Sargent, who was shortlisted for the award in June, has been a dedicated member of the Old Shenfield Place team for the past six years and has been instrumental in providing quality care for its residents.
Diane attended the Essex Care Sector Awards on Thursday, 6 July, where she was recognised for her unwavering commitment to her role and the positive impact she has made on the lives of the residents.
Diane was overjoyed to be at the awards and described it as a wonderful experience. She said: “It was a really good event and we got to meet lots of people in the industry. It was a good networking opportunity.
“We received lots of helpful tips and suggestions from Simon Evans who works in Essex County Council. Overall it was a lovely evening and I was glad to be a part of it.”
The awards ceremony was made even more enjoyable by the presence of singer, actress and activist Amanda Waring as the host.
Diane expressed her gratitude about the recognition she received at the awards. She said: “I was incredibly honoured to be recognised at such a prestigious event for my work at Old Shenfield Place.
“This has motivated me to keep doing what I do best and to go above and beyond for the home and its residents.”
As part of her role, Diane works closely with her colleagues to ensure that the home is well-kept and clean at all times to provide the residents with a comfortable space to live in.
In honour of her hard work, the dining room has been named “Diane’s Diner.” Diane also supports the domestic team in maintaining a clean and well-kept environment, ensuring that the residents feel proud of their home when welcoming their loved ones during visiting hours.
Cristina Duran, home manager at Old Shenfield Place, said:
“The event was great and we are all very proud of Diane for being recognised by industry experts, she truly deserves it.
“The event made us realise that we were already doing some brilliant work at Old Shenfield Place and just need to shout about it more.
“We have big plans next year to put more of our amazing staff members and our home forward for these types of awards.”
The Essex Care Sector Awards takes place every year to recognise individuals who go above and beyond in delivering outstanding care services within the region.