Results 2019

Below are shown the results from the 2019 Care Home Awards.

BEST CARE HOME GROUP

CATEGORY WINNER (Group >50 Homes)
Care UK

Care UK is one of the largest providers of residential care for older people in the UK, with 120 services providing care and support for nearly 7,000 residents, as well as driving the UK’s largest, new build, development programme, with 42 new homes opened in the last seven years and 27 new homes due to open their doors by the end of 2020. Against the backdrop of this ambitious growth plan, the Care UK “Fulfilling Lives” approach to quality of care has enabled the Group to drive continued year-on-year improvements in employee engagement, regulator ratings and customer satisfaction.

CATEGORY WINNER (Group <50 Homes)
Tanglewood Care Homes

2018 has been an incredible year of transformation for Tanglewood, including work to: embed the emotion-centered approach to care into the wider company culture, transform bedrooms and communal areas while mitigating disruption, invest in the continual development of team members to give them the tools they need to succeed, break down barriers between indoor and outdoor living, and continue to spearhead initiatives to drive health and social care forward, with particular focus on technology and artificial intelligence.

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HIGH COMMENDATION
Exemplar Health Care

Excellent care is a given at Exemplar Health Care, which achieved great things in 2018, but what makes the company different is its commitment to optimising the quality of life of every person in its care, and the willingness to provide specialist care that other organisations are not able to offer.

FINALISTS
PJ Care Specialist Neuro Care Centres
Rotherwood Healthcare Group

BEST INDIVIDUAL CARE HOME

CATEGORY WINNER 
Valerie Manor

In the 11 years of Valerie Manor’s existence there have been special moments and celebrations with everyone involved. There have also been some immense challenges and as a small independent family run home they have made it incredibly difficult. But throughout the highs and lows, the Valerie Manor “family” has worked together to ensure Outstanding care is provided for residents and their families. “Being able to celebrate as the Best Individual Care Home in 2019 will add to the sum of those special moments and celebrations.”

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HIGH COMMENDATION
Chelsea Court Place , IAC Group

Chelsea Court Place offers the very best levels of dementia care, delivering 24-hour bespoke nursing care in a purpose built home, fusing cutting edge dementia-friendly interior design with state of the art technology.

FINALISTS
Compton View Residential Care Home, Blue Sunrise Care
Rowallan House
The Marbrook Centre

BEST SINGLE CARE HOME IN A GROUP

CATEGORY WINNER
Manor Lodge, Care UK

Manor Lodge is a large, purpose-built care home, which celebrates its tenth anniversary in 2019. Thanks to a tireless commitment to improving all aspects of residents’ care the home recently achieved an “Outstanding” rating from the CQC – rare for such a large and nursing-led home. The team fosters an innovative approach based on continual learning and open communications and the firm belief that outstanding care requires “an open mind and an open heart”.

FINALISTS
Mountfichet House, Care UK
Dorset House, Rotherwood Healthcare Group
Perry Manor, Care UK

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BEST FOR ARCHITECTURE, INTERIOR DESIGN, OR COMMUNAL SPACES

CATEGORY WINNER
Wellburn Care Homes

The Pantry is a fully refurbished dining experience in Ryton Towers Care Home – one of 14 in the Wellburn portfolio – situated in the quiet village of Ryton, west of Newcastle upon Tyne. The Pantry is a revolutionary take on the typical dining room, incorporating thoughtful design, paired with revolutionary approaches to dementia and elderly care. It has become a social hub, for residents, staff and the local community.

HIGH COMMENDATION
Stratton Court Village, Aura Care

The Village champions the ultimate in person-centred care and has been designed to offer residential, respite and dementia care in luxurious surroundings for people in their later years.

FINALISTS
Canwick House
Mercia Grange, Care UK

BEST FOR GARDEN OR OUTDOOR SPACES

CATEGORY WINNER
Broadwater Lodge, Care UK

Broadwater Lodge has always been animal-friendly. Residents have kept chickens and other pets for some time, and have enjoyed the regular animal therapy visits to the home. In 2018, they decided they wanted to go one better and began discussing the possibility of creating a smallholding. By August, Broadwater Lodge had converted its garden areas to a small farm. Named “Codgers’ Farm” by the residents, it has two pigs, two goats, a rabbit, two guinea pigs and a flock of chickens. It is a first, not just for the UK, but around the world.

FINALISTS
Dorset House, Rotherwood Healthcare Group
Rowallan House
Tanglewood Care Homes

BEST FOR COMMUNICATIONS

CATEGORY WINNER
Canwick House

Canwick House embraces state-of-the-art technology transporting our enthusiastic residents, into a variety of stimulating alternative worlds while care assistants engage them in conversations about what they are seeing. The virtual experience is tailor-made to each resident, taking them on a magical journey, back to their future to unlock wonderful memories

HIGH COMMENDATION
Valerie Manor

Advanced Care plans and the weekly blog are good examples of the way Valerie Manor addresses communication, utilising the skills of more junior staff as close relationships are formed with residents and relatives.

FINALIST
Clara Court, Care UK

BEST FACILITIES MANAGEMENT OR MAINTENANCE TEAM

CATEGORY WINNER
Cornerstone Healthcare Group

Maintenance Manager, Andy Foster, noticed seizure monitors were continually being broken. Replacing the units took time and considerable cost. His trial of alternative “wristwatch” systems has so far saved over £1500 and has the potential to save over £15,000 per annum.
Constantly looking to improve processes, Andy and his team sought replacements for existing mattresses to decrease fire risk and realised that the right mattress could also assist the care-staff with their work. As a result, between Andy and the QI Team they have reduced pressure sores to 1.8% – well below the national average of 23%.

HIGH COMMENDATION
Amberley Lodge, Care UK

Harry Sharrard joined Amberley Lodge as Maintenance Manager in May 2018 and has overseen major facilities projects and made improvements to the home environment, always with a smile. Harry also finds thoughtful ways to help make residents’ daily lives special – such as the Christmas joy he brought to the entire home by building a Santa’s grotto.

FINALISTS
Mountfichet House, Care UK
Rotherwood Healthcare Group

BEST FOR NON-CLINICAL FACILITIES

CATEGORY WINNER
Tanglewood Care Homes

A care home is defined by the community that it fosters; and Tanglewood has continued efforts over the past 12 months to create living spaces that foster great community spirit – spending much of the year refurbishing bedroom and communal spaces, to create homes that cultivate great relationships.
The Group has continued with their extensive refurbishment program this year, keeping Residents at the centre of every decision made about the home where they live.

HIGH COMMENDATION
Parkfield House, Canford Healthcare

At Parkfield House we have a various range of well-being moments that are meaningful for the residents, including four hens for therapeutic interactions, Equal Arts pottery sessions, community links, weekly visits from nursery up to secondary school pupils, Floral Society demonstrations, and books and audio books provided by the home service library.

FINALISTS
Dorset House, Rotherwood Healthcare Group
Hamble Heights, Encore Care

BEST FOR SPORTING, SOCIAL OR LEISURE ACTIVITIES

CATEGORY WINNER
Middleton Hall Retirement Village

Middleton Hall is a vibrant retirement community where residents live active and fulfilling lives. This “Living Well” philosophy, key to Middleton Hall covers health and fitness, recreation, spiritual, holistic and educational opportunities for all.  A strong community ethos enables and supports residents and staff to live well by providing an environment conducive to social interaction and engagement. The village provides a range of hotel services including a restaurant, the Orangery (bar, café and shop) library, art studio, pool, spa, studio, gym, hairdressing salon and beauty treatment rooms and excellent outdoor sports facilities.

HIGH COMMENDATION
Sherwood Grange, Care UK

The team at Sherwood Grange takes great pride in creating an energising environment for residents. The three-strong lifestyle team has developed a flexible, dynamic, activities programme, providing group and one-to-one activities, outings and entertainment tailored to residents’ interests, backgrounds and identities.

FINALISTS
Brooklands Care Home, Carebase
Compton View Residential Care Home, Blue Sunrise Care
Kiwi House, Adept Care Homes
Perry Manor, Care UK
Tanglewood Care Homes

BEST FOR NUTRITION, FOOD OR DINING EXPERIENCE

CATEGORY WINNER
Ferndown Manor, Care UK

Helping residents enjoy the benefits of quality food and relaxed and sociable dining is key to the care provided at Ferndown Manor. The chefs gets to know every resident’s dietary needs and taste preferences and tailor menus accordingly, discretely creating tempting and nutritious modified meals where needed. Food also plays a big part in activities, as baking and tending the home’s veggie plots have become increasingly popular, as have monthly “Come Dine with Us” sessions to help alleviate social isolation in the area.

FINALISTS
Chelsea Court Place, IAC Group
Dorset House, Rotherwood Healthcare Group
Field Lodge, Care UK
Great Oaks, Encore Care Homes
St George’s Park, Rotherwood Healthcare Group
The Close Care Home

BEST MARKETING, ADVERTISING OR PR CAMPAIGN OR INITIATIVE

CATEGORY WINNER
Wellburn Care Homes

The Wellburn Post is a free quarterly magazine. Designed, written and edited in-house, and distributed across all the Group’s homes and their local communities. It’s aim is to help Wellburn as a care home provider, to engage with our residents, their loved ones and the communities, organisations and businesses, that are local to all 14 care homes across the region. With insightful relevant and topical content, the magazine covers a wide range of issues and subject matter within the care home sector and local region.

FINALISTS
Care UK
Rotherwood Healthcare Group

BEST TRAINING, RECRUITMENT OR RETENTION INITIATIVE

CATEGORY WINNER
Tanglewood Care Homes

This year, Tanglewood continued to shift its culture away from task-based care to emotion-centered care. As part of that transition the focus is heavily on residents. Employee apathy is the biggest operational risk to any care home community. Tanglewood has worked tirelessly to give team members greater meaning in their careers with training focusing on why they do things the way they do.

HIGH COMMENDATION
Encore Care Homes

Face-to-face leadership training is a priority to ensure staff and residents receive the care and support they deserve. Staff working with residents are often overlooked as leaders and Encore’s “Be An Effective Leader” programme provides the understanding, skills, knowledge and integrity needed to lead a team in a challenging sector.

FINALIST
South Africa Lodge, Cornerstone Health Care

BEST FOR NURSING CARE

CATEGORY WINNER
Chelsea Court Place, IAC Group

Chelsea Court delivers the highest level of 24-hour, bespoke, curated dementia care. The team ensures that each resident is cared for in the way in which they wish to be, going to great lengths to truly understand the individual and all aspects of their lives in order to provide the very best experiences and to optimise their health and wellbeing. From home assessments prior to moving in, detailed dementia care mapping, the commitment to investing in research and employing the latest pioneering techniques, the team work collaboratively and compassionately to prioritise the health of each individual and enrich the lives of all.

HIGH COMMENDATION
Jubilee House, Care UK

The nursing team at Jubilee House start getting to know residents before they move into the home. They perform in-depth pre-admission assessments so they can take a holistic approach to each new resident’s care and they produce incredible outcomes for residents.

FINALISTS
Gwen Walford House, Rotherwood Healthcare Group
Kitnocks House and South African Lodge, Cornerstone Health Care
The White House Nursing Home

BEST FOR SPECIALIST CARE

CATEGORY WINNER
The Marbrook Centre

The Marbrook Centre is a bespoke, newly-built, neuro rehabilitation centre, which opened in May 2016. With its own clinical Multidisciplinary Team, the Centre offers fast and slow stream outcome-focused rehab packages for those living following a life changing incident such as acquired brain injury, spinal cord injury or stroke and long term neurological conditions such as MND. Everything at the Centre is underpinned by the care ethos of the three Cs: Competence, Choice & Compassion.

HIGH COMMENDATION
Dearnvale, Exemplar Health Care

Part of Exemplar Health Care’s group of 26 specialist care homes, Dearnevale provides outstanding care for people living with complex neuro-disabilities, including Huntington’s disease, mental health conditions, stroke and brain injuries. Rated Outstanding by the CQC in March 2018, the 40 bed home credits a large part of its success to the excellence of long serving staff.

HIGH COMMENDATION
Parklands Manor, Signature Senior Lifestyle

Parklands Manor has been very successful in helping and assisting residents requiring respite services. Over 50% of respite residents have converted to a permanent stay at Parklands, which has received glowing testimonials from past residents and relatives, posting very positive reviews on Care home.UK, scoring 9.9 out of 10.0. The highest for any care home in the area.

FINALISTS
Amberley Lodge, Care UK
Chelsea Court Place, IAC Group
Mellieha at Elmswell, JS Care
PJ Care Specialist Neuro Care Centres
St George’s Park, Rotherwood Healthcare Group

BEST FOR CARE OF YOUNG PEOPLE

CATEGORY WINNER
PJ Care Specialist Neuro Care Centres

PJ Care provides a service desperately required in the UK, specialising in neurological care and rehabilitation with a focus on early onset conditions and young adults. Their unique balance of clinical and holistic care enables the company to care for individuals in a well-rounded way – from nursing, through to activities and social engagement. A significant in-house MDT, allows PJ Care to respond to the needs of residents and adapt to changing conditions.
The care model for younger people is the entry point of PJ Care’s specialist service for people with progressive neurological conditions. A 23-bedded unit provides a pathway for residents who are at the early stages of their progressive illness and require specialist input to optimise stability in those stages.

BEST FOR SPECIAL NEEDS CARE

HIGH COMMENDATION
Satya Nivas, Adjuvo Care (Valorum Care Group)

The Satya Nivas residential care home has transformed its services for people with learning disabilities since it was taken over by Adjuvo Care in November 2017. The residential care home in Leicester had previously been deemed non-compliant by the local council. Since Adjuvo took on the home it has been physically transformed by a refurbishment – while residents (all Hindu and Gujarati speaking) are now being supported to live safe and fulfilling lives in a way normally associated with supported living.

BEST NEW CARE HOME

CATEGORY WINNER
The Albert Suites, LifeCare Residences

Located within luxury retirement community, Battersea Place, The Albert Suites offers a continuum of care to village residents and to the wider community. From the serenity of 28 exclusive suites, residents can receive physio rehabilitation, convalescence, long- and short-term nursing, post-operative and palliative care. Residents enjoy exceptional communal facilities including a restaurant, tranquil lounge, 24-hour self-service pantry, private terrace, fully-fitted physio gym and indoor pool. The multi-disciplinary team appreciates that residents deserve the best care from professionals who respect them as individuals.

HIGH COMMENDATION
Ferndown Manor, Care UK

The team at Ferndown Manor has a fresh vision for what it means to live in a care home. Residents are supported to maintain their independence and freedom, making choices about what they want to do and when they want to do it. “They are in control of their care and their life. Ferndown Manor is a place from which they can visit friends, build social networks, attend churches and clubs and play an active role in the community.”

FINALIST
Whittle Hall, L&M Healthcare

BEST EQUIPMENT, PRODUCT OR PRODUCT SERVICE SUPPLIER

CATEGORY WINNER
OMI Mobi Interactive table/floor

OM Interactive has been a pioneer in the development of motion-activated projections for multi-sensory use since 2005. Their ground breaking interactive Mobii table/floor provides adults in care with meaningful person-centred activities that encourage movement, positive outlook, social opportunities and shared laughter with powerful visuals, colour therapy, games, quizzes, music and reminiscence content.

CATEGORY WINNER
Bidfood

Bidfood works behind the scenes delivering food to around 6,000 UK care homes. In the last year Bidfood has focused on supporting all care customers with practical collateral – particularly on dysphagia – whilst also delivering 45 bespoke projects for customers. The company has signed six key new contracts and enjoyed £12 million worth of sales growth, a 75% conversion rate on re-tenders/tenders, and 95% excellent/good satisfaction score.

FINALISTS
Little Islands
ROMPA
Winslow Resources, ROMPA

BEST PROFESSIONAL, BUSINESS OR CREATIVE SERVICE

CATEGORY WINNER
PJ Care Specialist Neuro Care Centres

PJ Care recognised that for their specialist service, caring for residents with very complex presentations, the level of HAI’s would be significantly greater than in a traditional care or nursing home and that for any adult safeguarding board to objectively consider reported incidents, they would require a detailed knowledge of the service and have the necessary professionalisms among board members.
PJ Care’s innovative approach employs a full time multi-disciplinary team that provides the necessary skill set and experience to properly and professionally work as a board. It bridges a gap in the market for a specialist service such PJ Care, because it has the necessary skill set to properly review any incident; a skill set lacking in adult safeguarding teams across the UK.
The biggest benefit however, remains the ability to quickly assess any situation, take any lessons learnt and with almost immediate effect, tweak care delivery if necessary, which serves the ultimate desire of continually improving the care provided for residents.

CATEGORY WINNER
PLMR

PLMR is an ambitious and innovative full-service communications consultancy and supports over 800 care homes nationally with a wide range of services, from increasing brand awareness and online presence, through to PR and marketing campaigns, or delivering award-winning reputation management support when the going gets tough.

FINALIST
Fulcrum Care Home Management Support Services

BEST IT OR COMMUNICATIONS SUPPLIER

CATEGORY WINNER
The Daily Sparkle

The range of resources offered by The Daily Sparkle constitute a unique set of products that stimulate and enhance all kinds of communication in care home settings. Research suggests that activities and interactions like this help to preserve cognitive function. They also provide fun and the feel-good factor that is so important for people in residential care and are designed to help residents, their friends and families, and staff, managers and regulators communicate with each other effectively and happily, benefiting all.

CATEGORY WINNER
Nexus Care, GHM Care

Nexus Care is a new messaging platform that delivers nurse call alerts and other alarms directly to the smart devices of carers, eliminating the need for noisy wallboards and other medical devices, improving the speed and efficiency with which carers respond to residents’ needs and provides detailed reporting on historic data.

FINALIST
Novacare, New Healthcare Solutions

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