The award categories 2019

The Categories for 2019 have been revised to include Best Care or Residential Home for Young People, Best Care or Residential Home for Special Needs and Best New Care Home. The number of Supplier categories has also increased. Currently, there are 14 categories for care homes, 5 categories for suppliers, and 4 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 Non-clinical Facilities (including wellbeing and alternative therapies)
  • 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 Training Initiative
  • Best Nursing Care
  • Best Specialist Care (including respite, dementia, stroke, etc)
  • Best for Young People
  • Best for Special Needs
  • Best New Care Home (opened between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2018) – sponsored by L&G Home Finance


Supplier categories

  • Best Clinical Equipment, Product or Product Service Supplier (including paramedical or therapeutic service, activity or product, such as eye care, chiropody, hygiene, and therapies, etc) – sponsored by Health plus Care Show
  • Best 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 Health plus Care Show
  • Best Professional Service Provider (legal, financial, planning, property management, insurance, compliance, etc)
  • Best Business or Creative Service Provider (including architecture or interior design specialists, consultants, marketing, advertising, PR or digital specialist and training and development, 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 Individual Care Home or Care Community – sponsored by L&G Home Finance
  • Best Single Care Home or Care Community in a Group
  • Best Smaller Care Home Group (up to 50 homes)
  • Best Larger Care Home Group (over 50 homes) – sponsored by L&G Home Finance


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 2020.



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