Old Vicarage named the most pet friendly care home

The Old Vicarage in Leigh, Sherborne has been named Pet Friendly Care Home of the Year by The Cinnamon Trust. The Cinnamon Trust is a national charity for elderly and terminally ill people and their pets, which strives to keep owners and their pets together by providing help with anything from dog walking and transport to the vets, to fostering while owners are in hospital. Several residents at The Old Vicarage, which is owned by Healthcare Homes Ltd, have pets living with them and the manager, Louise Turner, has been praised by the trust for going above and beyond to ensure that residents do not have to be separated from their furry and feathered friends. Donna Tucker, senior administrator at The Cinnamon Trust, says: “It makes such a difference to both owner and pet to stay together. “Every year thousands of animals and elderly people find themselves saying a heart- breaking farewell, with the animals often headed to rescue centres to await re-homing — or sadly, in many cases, euthanasia — causing misery and suffering to both. “Research has shown that elderly people

who have given up their pets to move into a care home find it more difficult to adjust to life there and often suffer a long period of

Awards success for

Bocking Care Homes The team at The New Deanery and St Mary’s Court residential care homes in Braintree are celebrating after being shortlisted for 12 national and regional care awards. The two care homes are finalists for two

awards at the National Care Awards and 10 at The Great British Care Awards, East of England. Julia Clinton, CEO of Sonnet Care Homes, which runs both homes, says: “We know how high the standard is for these prestigious competitions, so we could not be prouder of the whole Sonnet team. “It is an incredible achievement and real

depression while they grieve for their pet. This is why it is so important that pet-friendly homes like The Old Vicarage exist.” Mrs Averil Jarvis MBE, The Cinnamon

Trust’s founder and chief executive, adds: “I am sure that everyone at The Old Vicarage is as proud of this award as Annie Sinnott MBE (founder of The Old Vicarage) would have been.The Old Vicarage sets the standard when it comes to pet friendly care homes – long may it continue - and my sincere congratulations to all concerned.” Home manager Louise Turner says:

“We’re thrilled to have won this very special award. Animals have such an important place in our home. We really see the difference their companionship makes to our residents every day.”

Maritime care charity sails towards success

Banstead-based maritime care charity the Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society is celebrating being shortlisted for six care awards in just one week. The care home and charity, which caters for

retired seafarers, their families and dependents, as well as residents living with dementia, has been nominated in a range of categories at the Surrey Care Awards and the 3rd Sector Care Awards. Royal Alfred is shortlisted for four Surrey

Care Awards: Care Provider of the Year; Care Team of the Year; Innovation in Staff Recruitment and Retention; Ancillary Worker of the Year (Shirley Campbell, housekeeping manager). This is in addition to two 3rd Sector Care Awards: Leadership Award (Shirley Campbell); Beyond Governance (Captain Glass, chairman). The awards include personal recognition for the society chairman, Captain Duncan Glass, who has been with the charity since 2009 and housekeeping manager, Shirley Campbell, who has been instrumental in the smooth running of the home for more than 10 years. The Surrey Care Awards are organised by


the Surrey Social Care Association and recognise the exceptional contributions made by individuals and teams within the county’s care workforce. The Markel 3rd Sector Care Awards

celebrate the unsung heroes that make a huge impact in the care sector as well as recognising the achievements made by registered providers and community groups. Brian Boxall-Hunt, CEO at the Royal Alfred

Seafarers’ Society, says: “It’s a tremendous achievement to make the shortlist of any awards programme, but to be recognised in six very different and competitive categories across two of the most prestigious awards in our industry is phenomenal. “I would like to pay tribute to the dedicated

staff at the Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society who all give so much to making our home in Banstead a comfortable and supportive place for our residents to enjoy life.” The winners of the Surrey Care Awards will be announced at a ceremony at Epsom Downs Race Course on Friday 9 November while the 3rd Sector Care Awards ceremony is on Friday 7 December.

testament to their hard work and dedication.” The New Deanery and St Mary’s Court care homes in Bocking have been shortlisted for: The National Care Awards - Dignity & Respect Care Home of the Year – St Mary’s Court; Care Team of the Year – The New Deanery (third year as finalists) The Great British Care Awards, East of England Region - Care Trainer – Mandi Randall-Cramp (fourth year as finalist); Dignity in Care – Joan Sirett, matron (last year’s winner); Palliative/End of Life Care – Kathleen Perreira, unit manager, St Mary’s Court; Ancillary Worker – Heather Holmes, housekeeping supervisor, The New Deanery; Frontline Leader – Rachel Marlow, deputy manager, The New Deanery (winner 2016); Care Team – The New Deanery (finalist 2016); Care Employer – Sonnet Care Homes (winners 2016 and 2017); Activities – Jo Whitehouse, head of activities (finalist 2016); Chef – Paul Westall, chef (winner 2015, finalist 2016 and 2017); The Care Home Registered Manager Award - Jane Sadowski (fourth year running as a finalist).

Work begins work on Leicester home

York-based DWA Architects has started work on a new 30-bedroom care site in Leicester, in the grounds of an existing care facility. Working on behalf of main contractor

Pacy and Wheatley, the Minster Care facility will add to the existing dementia specialist complex, Diamond House, located five miles out of the city centre. David Ward, managing director of

DWA Architects, says: “This project highlights our strong capabilities to produce complex working drawings and deliver quality work for our clients. It will provide a tremendous additional facility, building on the success of the original care home.” • November 2018

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