A Norfolk nursing care home ranked within the top 1% of care homes in the UK has recognised staff for their long service and dedication with a special presentation.
Meadow House Nursing Home in Swaffham, which is part of the Healthcare Homes Group, specialises in providing care for those with physical disabilities such as multiple sclerosis (MS), and is thanking staff during MS Awareness Week to highlight the fantastic work that they deliver.
Sixteen members of staff received certificates and gifts from Chief Operating Officer Helen Gidlow at a presentation yesterday. They have all worked at the home for over ten years, with the longest serving staff member being Clinical Support Worker Lindsay Redfern who has worked at Meadow House for 25 years. Between them, they have accrued almost 230 years of service for the home.
The presentation recognised staff from all areas of the Home including Kitchen Assistants, a Registered Nurse, Care Assistants and Domestic staff.
Helen Gidlow said: “The loyalty of the staff certainly demonstrates what a wonderful home Meadow House is and the consistency of care is certainly a key factor to the home’s success. It is fantastic to be able to recognise our staff members for their long service with us. They really reflect everything that we strive to deliver across all of our homes – which is a real commitment to providing the best level of care to residents.
“We felt that MS Awareness Week is an appropriate time for us to highlight their work. They make a real difference to the lives of people who live with this challenging condition and we would like to thank them on behalf of the Healthcare Homes group for the hard work and professionalism that they deliver every day.”
Staff receiving awards were:
Lindsey Redfern 25yrs Clinical Support Worker
Tracy Eves 21yrs Clinical Support Worker
Lesley Sedge 20yrs Kitchen Assistant
Terence Charlton 17yrs Care Assistant
Julie Tillcock 15yrs Care Assistant
Dorothy Pestell 15yrs Domestic
Gail Wilkinson 14yrs Registered Nurse
Jolanta Ozyp 12yrs Kitchen Assistant
Paul Dales 12yrs Chef
Laura Leney 12yrs Kitchen Assistant
Denise Hudson 12yrs Domestic
Aneta Wozniak 11yrs Care Assistant
Kasia Ferrari 11yrs Clinical Lead
Gill Finnie 11yrs Kitchen Assistant
Ilona Cumika 11yrs Kitchen Assistant
Jo-Anne Elfleet 10yrs Care Assistant
The home has been ranked as outstanding by the Care Quality Commission, a status only achieved by 1% of care homes in the UK. The team achieved this grading in recognition of their exceptional commitment to delivering the best care possible, with inspectors stating that ‘people were supported by very kind, caring and compassionate staff who often went the extra mile to provide them with excellent, high quality care.’
The team specialises in providing care for those with MS, and has a dedicated physiotherapy day centre to offer residents and members of the community tailored care to help them with their condition.