A care home worker who averted disaster when a fire broke out and another who brightened up the lives of her residents and colleagues, despite traumatic events in her own family, have been recognised in the first national awards for employees of care provider brighterkind.
Jane Hall was working at a laundry assistant at Hallhouse Care Home in Kilmarnock when a fire started as a result of a fault in electrical equipment. She thought and acted quickly to isolate the gas supply, close doors to contain the fire, call the emergency services and help to ensure that residents were safe. In addition to receiving an award from brighterkind, she was commended by the emergency services and the Care Inspectorate for averting a potentially life threatening situation.
Iolanda Ramos, a domestic assistant at Emberbrook Care Home in Thames Ditton, where she has worked for more than 10 years, has won the appreciation and affection of residents and colleagues for her tireless dedication to the people in her care. She always volunteers to help out and often works extra hours which she does not claim for. She brightens up the day for everyone around her with her cheerful and sunny personality. Earlier this year her husband was involved in an accident that resulted in life changing injuries and although she helped him through his rehabilitation, she did not let this diminish her commitment to her residents.
Jane and Iolanda were invited to a conference and gala dinner by Jeremy Richardson, CEO at brighterkind. He said: “These awards celebrate outstanding commitment and performance and Jane and Iolanda are well deserving winners who exemplify the best in care. Our slogan, which encapsulates our values is ‘love every day’ and they help to bring its meaning to life.”