Yesterday representatives from the care sector across Dorset and the New Forest gathered for the Daily Echo Proud to Care Awards.
As the sponsor for Care Home of the Year, we were delighted to present Claire Birch and Christian Tondreaus from Aranlaw House near Westbourne with the award following their exceptional work within dementia care.
The judges, which included Izzy Nicholls from Encore Care, Christchurch Councillor and former Care Home Manager, Lesley Dedman and Editor of the Daily Echo, Andy Martin, had the difficult task of reviewing hundreds of heartfelt nominations sent in from care workers, residents’ family members and the local community to come to their decision.
One of the nominations for Aranlaw stated: “Each resident is treated with the highest level of dignity by every member of staff, from the manager to kitchen staff and the cleaners. They call all residents by their name and…their patience and encouragement is second to none. When you are in the home, the love that the carers have for the residents shines out and they are so protective of the special people in their care.”
Nuno Almeida, CEO of Nourish, commented: “When we read about the Proud to Care Awards in the Bournemouth Echo, we knew instantly we wanted to be involved. Working with so many awe-inspiring care homes across the UK, the Care Home of the Year award is one that’s especially close to our hearts.
“At Nourish, we are all about sharing positive care stories and celebrating the care professionals who go above and beyond every day. Having worked with some fantastic care homes and care providers over the years, we have experienced first-hand the hard work, effort and passion that goes into high-quality care and we know that too often care individuals are not recognised for all that they do.
“Aranlaw House has demonstrated exceptional dementia care and we’d like to congratulate the team on this fantastic achievement. Our congratulations also go to the two shortlisted nominees, Primrose Lodge and Two Cedars.”
About the Daily Echo Proud to Care Awards
A total of 12 awards were given at the ceremony to recognise those who go out of their way to improve the lives of others. They included Young Carer of the Year, Care Home Worker of the Year and Volunteer Carer of the Year. The full list of nominees and winners will be available on the Daily Echo website soon.
A spokesperson for the Daily Echo said: “We received hundreds of nominations by both post and online. Many people had gone to great trouble to express why they thought a person or business should be considered for an award, giving the judges a difficult task.”