National awards for extra care scheme


Sanctuary Group-care industry newsA Sheffield extra care scheme has scored a hat-trick after picking up a national award for the third successive year.


Sanctuary Home Care’s Roman Ridge extra care scheme in Wincobank, Sheffield, was recognised in two different categories of the National Housing for Older People Awards 2014 after being nominated by its residents.


The scheme secured silver in the ‘Housing with Care 60 to 99 Units’ category, and bronze in the ‘Community Service’ category.


It was the third year running the scheme has claimed success at the awards after similar successes in 2012 and again in 2013.


The awards, organised by the Elderly Accommodation Counsel, are held each year following feedback from tenants and residents living in accommodation for older people across the country.


Roman Ridge provides independent living for people over the age of 55, which allows residents to remain independent in their own home with increasing levels of care and support as needed.


Residents at the scheme were provided with a card game that examines a range of criteria including: community spirit, lifestyle, practicality of individual apartments, privacy, quality of building and facilities and staff role and interaction.


Extra care manager Tracy Marples travelled with residents to the award ceremony at Doncaster Racecourse, in South Yorkshire, to collect the accolade.


She said: “We’re over the moon with the result – to have won one of these awards for three years in a row means so much to us, but to have won two on the same day is incredible.


“It’s such a strong endorsement from our residents and we’re sincerely grateful to them for the nominations, but we won’t be resting on our laurels – we can use the feedback we’ve received to keep making life at Roman Ridge even better.”


In total, 257 schemes were nominated for this year’s National Housing for Older People Awards, with 35 award winners including Roman Ridge.


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