Swaffham nursing home recognises long service care staff with awards ceremony


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.



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