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Another award for Bucklesham Grange

6 November 2013

Another award for Bucklesham Grange

Bucklesham Grange, on Bucklesham Road, walked away triumphant at The Great British East of England Care Awards last week.

The home had been in the running for 3 top awards, including Care Home Registered Manager, Care Home Activity and Care Home Care Worker.  Carol Rhind was victorious in the manager’s
category and Louise Chilvers was named the winner for the outstanding care she delivered every day.  Kirsty Thomas only just lost out on the top spot for the award but received a runner up trophy to celebrate her hard work and dedication.

The judges have been quoted as saying that Carol deserved to win as she “has created a culture within the care home she manages that in her words is ‘not a care home but a home that cares for residents’ she has shown that integrity and strong leadership are her key qualities for which the judges all recognise as a winning combination!”

Carol said of her win, “I am thrilled to have won.  This is not just an award for me but for
Bucklesham Grange and I look forward to sharing the success with my team.” Louise was also excited about her award, saying, “I am delighted I won.  I’m so happy that my work
has not gone unnoticed and look forward to returning to the home to continue to deliver exceptional care to our residents.”

The judge’s decision to award Louise with the Care Home Worker Award was unanimous.  With the judges commenting that Louise is, “an inspirational leader of the future who promotes independence, choice and individuality. Louise wants to remove the stigma of becoming a resident of a care home by promoting it as a lifestyle choice that is not always inevitable. Fully deserving of this award.”

2013 has been a year of success for Bucklesham Grange having been named in the Suffolk Gem Awards recognising care homes where residents can express their individuality, have their say and influence what happens in the home.  The home was also named the winner of the
‘Smaller Care Home’ at the Pinder’s Healthcare Design Awards, which seek to acknowledge the contribution made by designers, architects and the owners of care homes, hospitals and other care schemes to the well-being and quality of life for those in their care.