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Hat trick for Mildenhall Lodge in Suffolk Care Awards shortlist

Suffolk Care Awards winners 2017 (3525550)
Suffolk Care Awards winners 2017 (3525550)

A Mildenhall care home and four Bury St Edmunds care providers have been named as category finalists in this year’s Suffolk Care Awards.

The awards, hosted by Care Development East and the Suffolk Association of Independent Care Providers, seek to highlight the important job that Suffolk carers do daily.

Each of the 28 finalists across 10 categories were shortlisted by judges who carried out visits between March and June.

Mildenhall Lodge Care Home is in with triple the chance of winning, after being recognised across three categories.

It was shortlisted in the Promoting Dignity and Respect in Everyday Life category and has been commended for its Home Promise, which sees the team pledge to provide the best care possible, and its Twilight Club, which allows residents who struggle to sleep to stay up for a hot drink and conversation.

Katy Hughes, registered manager at the home, was nominated for the Inspiring Leaders and Managers award after staff described her as ‘outstanding’, ‘caring’, ‘innovative’, ‘approachable’, ‘brilliant’ and ‘fair’.

Mildenhall Lodge was also named a finalist in the Culture, Creativity and Activities category after helping a resident go on holiday to Italy with his family. It also uses ‘happy sheets’ and a voting system to allow residents to rate, choose and have their say on activities on offer at the home.

Fornham House Care Home, in Bury, has been shortlisted for the Food and Catering award in recognition of the head chef’s regular interaction with residents and food creations based on their own family recipes and memories.

Gatehouse Dementia Hub, in Bury, has been named a finalist in the Innovative Approaches to Services for Dementia award for the variety of activities and services on offer to those in all stages of dementia.

Glastonbury Court, in Bury, has been nominated in the End of Life category for its individual end of life care plans for residents and wishing well project.

Paul Mitchell and his team at PNS Family Care Services, in Bury, were nominated for the Special Recognition Award by a service user’s child, who described them as ‘the most excellent care company we have ever dealt with’.

Liz Taylor, chair of Care Development East, said: “What has shone through this year is the enthusiasm and passion for caring and care in Suffolk. There are some great examples of care providers and individuals who have gone above and beyond the call of duty.”

Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on October 4 at Gresham’s in Ipswich.

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