A member of staff who helped create a traditional ‘pub’ for residents at a Glasgow care home has been nominated for this year’s Scottish Care – National Care Home Awards.
Kenny Roy, Maintenance Manager at Bupa’s Craigbank Care Home has been shortlisted in the Ancillary & Support Staff category for his daily dedication to Craigbank’s residents and to improving the environment of the home and gardens.
One of the key reasons for Kenny’s nomination was his extensive involvement in the construction of ‘The Doncaster’ – a ‘pub’ which aims to provide a recognisable social environment for residents to relive the past and share memories and stories.
Kenny worked with residents on design ideas and then set about making them a reality, transforming a previously empty space into a traditional ‘pub’ environment. The innovative idea to help residents and their relatives connect and socialise has proved very popular, with table football and darts providing plenty of entertainment for all.
Additionally, when horticulture-loving residents expressed an interest in spending more time in the care home garden during the summer, Kenny went above and beyond. He gave the residents the opportunity to choose their favourite plants and built new gazebos and seating areas in which they could keep cool while enjoying the warm summer weather.
Alan Twigg, Home Manager at Bupa’s Craigbank Care Home, said: “Kenny’s nomination is in recognition of the incredible job he does, day in day out, and his constant commitment to the residents of Craigbank.
“He has a wonderful rapport with everyone at the home, and includes the residents at every possible stage of his work – from letting them choose the colour of paint and wallpaper for different rooms to getting their input on what kind of decorations they would most like to see in the ‘pub’.
“He worked tirelessly to make the pub idea a reality and it’s had a huge impact, but that’s just one example of his commitment to and passion for the job. He is truly committed to giving the residents not just a home that they enjoy living in, but one that they have helped shape.
“We all have our fingers crossed for the big night – but, either way, Kenny is a star in our eyes.”
The Scottish Care Home Awards recognise excellence and pay tribute to the people and organisations that look to make a difference to the lives of those in their care.
Kirsty Dace, Scottish Director for Bupa Care Services, said: “This nomination acknowledges the often unseen – but vital role – that members of many care home teams play in helping people to live fulfilled and happy lives.
“Everyone here at Bupa is delighted that Kenny’s dedication has been recognised and we all wish him the very best on the awards night.”
The Scottish Care – National Care Home Awards will be held at the Glasgow Hilton on the Friday 20th November 2015.
Scotland’s care homes deliver high quality complex care to some of Scotland’s most vulnerable older people. The Scottish Care – National Care Home Awards Care Homes is the showpiece opportunity to highlight and celebrate innovation and excellence across the sector.