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Ilminster care home honoured in awards
12:30pm Thursday 17th October 2013 in News
A CARE home in Ilminster was honoured for the way it helps residents live ‘happy, purposeful lives’ at an awards ceremony.
Hazelwell Lodge, in Station Road, won the 2013 Care Home category in the Care Focus South West Care Awards, on Friday night.
Staff from the home, which specialises in dementia and mental health care, took to the stage at a candlelit Wellsprings Leisure Centre in Taunton to collect their award.
The 325 guests at the black-tie ceremony were told how the Hazelwell is managed in a relaxed manner and offers a calm and warm atmosphere.
Manager at Hazelwell Lodge Claire Kingdon said: “We are over the moon for winning it. We are really happy. It is nice that the work that we do has been recognised.
"Obviously it is out of the whole of Somerset so it is great to get through to the final and it was even better to win.
“We are proud of the achievements that we have made at Hazelwell are we are grateful to all those that supported us.”
The home’s nomination said: “With a diverse and dedicated team of staff, residents are cared for in a person-centred manner with their rights, choices and dignity respected at all times.
“Not only does this promote a good quality of life, it enables individuals to maintain their image and worth.”
Hazelwell Lodge was also a finalist in the Dignity in Care Award and Claire Kingdon was among those shortlisted in the Quality Dementia category.
Mike Redstone, of Majesticare, which runs Oak Lodge Care Centre in Chard, was a finalist in the Care Ambassador award.
He said: “I thoroughly enjoy my role ensuring residents have a fulfilled lifestyle within a close and loving family and community network.”
Care Focus chief executive Claire Waddon added: “I am delighted that we are able to continue to put on such a magnificent event and would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their support.
“The event grows each year with this one being the most successful yet. We have had representation from all over the county of Somerset and each and every one of the finalists are truly wonderful people.
“The heart-warming stories of how the high levels of care, support and compassion they offer, makes such a difference to other peoples’ lives is humbling.”
The awards, presented by former BBC Points West presenter Chris Vacher, recognise and celebrate outstanding individuals and organisations in the care sector.
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