Betty England, who visits her husband in St Catherines Care Home in Bolton has made the finals of the Four Season’s Care Awards in the Resident/Relative Contribution category for her commitment to helping the home go from strength to strength in its local community.
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 Mrs. England demonstrated how she continues to make a difference and provide special resident experiences on a daily basis.
During the judging process for the Resident/Relative Contribution award, the panel was looking at a number of different factors which included recognising someone who had helped to ensure the care home they’re associated with reflects the interest and needs of the residents living there. Ultimately making the home a happy place to live.
Mrs. England was nominated by a member of the care team. Her nomination read: “Betty is a very caring lady. When she comes to visit her husband she visits the other residents too. She always makes our new residents feel right at home, and constantly brings in sweet treats for everyone to try. She helps us to fundraise in the local community and has helped our home to connect with the local Dementia Support Group. She is a fantastic lady and deserves to be recognised for the work she does for our home .”
As the winner for the North West of England, Mrs. England 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.
Lorraine Disley, Regional Manager for Four Seasons Health Care in England North West, said: “Mrs. England is a positive voice for the residents in St Catherines. She participates in all of the fund raising events with her main focus being on happiness and safety. I think she is a lovely lady and a fantastic baker. She is very deserving of this award.”
Rachael Junge, Managing Director for Four Seasons Health Care in the North West of England, said: “It is very rewarding to be able to celebrate the active contribution of a relative in their local home. Betty’s contribution is very much appreciated and she is a valued part of the team. She is a fabulous example of how relatives can be part of the family in the home. Well done Betty!”
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 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 ‘Registered Nurse of the Year’ to ‘Care Home Manager of the Year’. 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