The Award Categories 2021

The Categories have been revised and there are currently 19 categories for care homes and 5 categories for overall achievement. There are two new categories: one for Infection Prevention and Control and another for Training and Development. Please note that the Supplier categories are now part of the Care Service & Supplier Awards:


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 Infection Prevention and Control (including safe visiting spaces)
  • Best for Use of Technology (for the benefit of residents or staff)
  • Best for Sporting, Social or Leisure Activities
  • Best for Nutrition, Food and the Dining Experience
  • Best Care Home Marketing, Advertising or PR Campaign
  • Best for Recruitment, Motivation and Staff Retention,
  • Best for Training and Development
  • Best for Nursing Care
  • Best for Specialist Care (including respite, dementia, stroke, mental health, etc)
  • Best Residential Care for Young People
  • Best for Special Needs Care (residential care for all ages)
  • Best Response to Covid-19
  • Best New Care Home (opened between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2020)


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.



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