Delight as duo are honoured

Earsdon Grange Team (left to right) deputy manager Gemma Hemsley, care manager Nicola Bell, and Rosalind Wood.

Earsdon Grange Team (left to right) deputy manager Gemma Hemsley, care manager Nicola Bell, and Rosalind Wood.

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Two staff at a Whitley Bay care home are celebrating recognition in an inaugural award.

Senior carer Rosalind Wood and activities co-ordinator Christine Grant, who work at Earsdon Grange care home in Wellfield, were shortlisted as category finalists in the first annual Maria Mallaband and Countrywide care awards.

Rosalind took home the Dementia Champion award, an award for any member of staff who excels in the care and understanding, and Christine was among the six finalists for Most Innovative Activity Programmes.

Rosalind has recently been nominated as Earsdon Grange’s in-house Dementia Champion due to her strong understanding of dementia.

Chrisine has worked as activities co-ordinator since 2006 and was nominated because of her enthusiasm and activities programme.

This year marks the first ever annual awards held by national care home operator Maria Mallaband Care Group and Countrywide Care Homes.

The awards were created to acknowledge the efforts of staff and the impact they have on the lives of residents and their families.

Residents, colleagues, relatives and visitors placed 2,052 votes which equated to 495 nominees across nine award categories, narrowed down to six finalists per category.

Staff members, residents, families and visitors were encouraged to nominate staff members across nine award categories, intended to represent all areas across the business, from frontline staff such as the ‘Dignity in Care’ and ‘Most Innovative Activity Programme’ awards, through to ‘Behind the Scenes’ and ‘Head Office Hero’ awards for those who provide exceptional support to their colleagues.