A Sanctuary Care home in Pershore welcomed two special visitors who were keen to hear all about the home’s former manager’s success in a prestigious national awards ceremony.
On Saturday (17 January) Harriett Baldwin, MP for West Worcestershire, and Mayor of Pershore Tony Rowley visited Heathlands Residential Care Home, which provides residential care and dementia care to meet Anita Fletcher, who was named Best Dementia Care Manager in the National Dementia Care Awards 2014.
Since winning the title in November, Anita has been seconded to the role of Care Development Manager within Sanctuary Care, but was delighted to return to Heathlands, which she has managed since March 2012 to see her residents and tell her guests about the award.
Following the visit Anita said: “I was really honoured that MP Harriett Baldwin and the Mayor of Pershore wanted to meet with me to chat about my recent success at The National Dementia Care Awards – it’s put a great finishing touch to the celebrations.
“They were both so nice and were really interested to hear my story. For all of us to be acknowledged is so rewarding, as my recent success wasn’t just down to me, it was down to my fantastic team and our wonderful residents and their families. Heathlands is a happy home and I feel extremely proud to be a part of the amazing people linked to it.
“I am so grateful to have won the Best Dementia Care Manager award and to receive widespread recognition. My determination and commitment to ensure my team will flourish in supporting our residents to receive the best possible care and support will always continue.”
Harriett commented: “I think you can judge a society by how it cares for its elderly residents and based on Heathlands, Pershore is exemplary. It is a hugely popular residential home and delivers first class care for local people.
“Anita does an amazing job and I was keen to come and congratulate her in person for the work she and the team do to look after some of our older residents.
“During my visit, I was also able to meet with Joan Trench, who at 107 is probably my oldest constituent and a charming lady.
“We are so lucky to have such a great home as Heathlands and I know that their efforts are appreciated by residents and their loved ones.”
At the National Dementia Care Awards 2014 Anita went head to head with four other finalists from homes across the country at an awards ceremony in Brighton.
The judges’ comments from the ceremony read: “Anita wants to impart knowledge and delights in others progressing and succeeding. She seeks out and connects with a wide network of others in the field.”
The criteria for the category was for ‘an outstanding manager or deputy manager who has shown exceptional leadership, care, training and management skills for the benefits of residents and staff’.
Now in its fifth year The National Dementia Care Awards is an annual event organised by The Journal of Dementia Care. There are 18 categories altogether, each with up to five finalists.