The award categories 2020

The Categories have been revised and there are currently 16 categories for care homes, 5 categories for suppliers, and 5 categories for overall achievement:


Care Home categories

  • Best for Architecture, Interior Design or Communal Spaces
  • Best for Garden or Outdoor Spaces
  • Best for Communication (with residents, families, friends & carers)
  • Best Facilities Management or Maintenance Team
  • Best for Clinical Facilities
  • Best for Non-clinical Facilities (including wellbeing and alternative therapies)
  • Best for Use of Technology (for the benefit of residents or staff)
  • Best for Sporting, Social or Leisure Activities – sponsored by Fred Theatre
  • Best for Nutrition, Food & the Dining Experience
  • Best Care Home Marketing, Advertising or PR Campaign or Initiative
  • Best Recruitment, Staff Retention or Training Initiative
  • Best Nursing Care – sponsored by Florence
  • Best Specialist Care (including respite, dementia, stroke, etc)
  • Best for Care of Young People
  • Best for Special Needs Care
  • Best New Care Home (opened between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2019)


Supplier categories

  • Best Clinical Equipment, Product or Product Service Supplier (including paramedical and therapeutic services, such as eye care, chiropody, hygiene, and therapies, etc)
  • Best Non-clinical Equipment, Product or Product Service Supplier (including furniture, appliances, heating and air conditioning, art, music, drama, etc, food or catering supplier, maintenance supplies & soft facilities or outdoor supplier, aids for memory or disability, etc) – sponsored by Residential and Home Care Show
  • Best Professional Service Provider (legal, financial, planning, property management, insurance, compliance, etc.)
  • Best Business or Creative Service Provider
 (including architecture, interior design, landscaping, maintenance, consultants, marketing, advertising, PR or digital specialist, and recruitment, retention, training and development specialists, etc)
  • Best IT or Communications Product or Service Provider (including monitoring, care management, nursing or emergency response, Broadband, internet, broadcast TV and radio)


Overall Achievement categories (Gold Awards)

(To enter these Overall Achievement categories you must have entered at least one other category

  • Best Single Care Home or Care Community in a Group
  • Best Individual Care Home or Care Community
  • Best Smaller Care Home Group (up to 25 homes)
  • Best Mid-size Care Home Group (26-75 homes)
  • Best Larger Care Home Group (over 75 homes)


If you have constructive thoughts about the categories we would love to hear them, especially if your views help us improve the categories further for 2021.



You may well have an internal or external team to prepare your entries, but If you do need any help writing your entries, Boost Awards can give you independent advice. Boost works completely independently of the Awards and there is no commercial relationship between Boost and the Care Home Awards.

Category Sponsors 2020





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