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Gail Bowden crowned Regional Personal Activities Lead Champion

Gail Bowden, Personal Activities Leader from Hallgarth Care Home in Durham has been crowned the Regional Personal Activities Lead Champion for North East of England, South West and Bristol in the Four Seasons Health Care Awards 2016 and is through to the national finals.

These are the 1st Four Season’s Care Awards and this Year over 700 people were nominated for awards by care home residents, colleagues and visitors. All entries have been of a very high standard making the judging process a difficult one. However, a winner had to be chosen and the nomination for Gail demonstrated how she continues to make a difference and provide special resident experiences on a daily basis.

During the judging process for the Personal Activities Lead Champion award, the panel was looking at a number of different factors including evidencing activities that interest and stimulates the physical and mental well-being of our residents to provide special experiences within our care. After all we all know how important activities are, and they can keep everyone young at heart.

Gail was nominated by a colleague. Her nomination read: “Gail is a valued and well respected member of the team. She goes that extra mile ensuring residents needs are met when planning activities, this makes a huge difference to their lives here at Hallgarth. She is very caring towards the residents and maintains their dignity at all time. She is an asset we don’t want to lose at the home.

As the winner for the North East of England, South West and Bristol, Gail is automatically through to the national Four Season’s Care Awards finals. She will meet a panel of judges in for the last round of judging and will then join finalists from across the UK in Birmingham for a special event to celebrate their achievements and discover if they have won a national award.

Sandra Brown, Regional Manager for Four Seasons Health Care Durham, said: “Gail has a fantastic enthusiasm for her job; she treats the residents with dignity and respect but always manages to touch the inner person in order to provide meaningful and thoroughly enjoyable activities. She holds regular resident meetings and empowers the residents to have a voice in the activities on offer. She is a treasure. Well done Gail!”

Amanda Cunningham, Managing Director for Four Seasons Health Care in the North East of England, South West and Bristol, said: “Gail was unknown to me, but once we met, I can honestly say I’ll never forget her. The residents speak highly about Gail and her personalised approach to the activities. She knows her residents so well, and her empathy and commitment is visible in the well-being of our residents and their love for her. ”

The Care Awards were open to employees from all Four Seasons homes across the UK and central team members to celebrate their commitment in the delivery of high-quality services to approximately 14,000 residents cared for in more than 300 locations.

The 14 categories have been created to recognise excellence in a variety of roles across the organisation ranging from ‘Carer/Support Worker of the Year’ to ‘Personal Activities Lead Champion’. We also wanted to recognise the hard the dedication and commitment from our residents, their relatives and volunteers.

Tim Hammond, CEO of Four Seasons Health Care said: “The award categories are all really important as we want to highlight the fantastic people we have working here in our organization. However, I believe it is important to acknowledge the special people who go above and beyond to help others in the community, and this is why our ‘Resident or Relative Contribution’ and ‘Volunteer of the Year’ awards are so important to us.

“I look forward to seeing all of our Regional winners at the National Finals in December.”

Date published: 15 September 2017

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