Maria Mallaband honours ‘Home of the Year’

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Rose Lodge Care Home in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham took the coveted ‘Home of the Year’ prize at this year’s Maria Mallaband and Countrywide care awards.

The awards ceremony in Leeds, now in its third year, recognised exceptional practice from staff who are committed to improving the lives of people living in residential care.

Phil Burgan, Chairman & CEO, said: “What a great evening! It’s always good to recognise the outstanding people in the company who really make a difference.   Unfortunately not everyone went home with an award, but everyone there was a winner.  We are only as good as our staff. They are the ones who create our success.  Looking forward to next year!”

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Judges were impressed with Rose Lodge’s dedication to providing the highest quality care to its resident, its innovative activities and its community engagement programme. They received nominations from staff, residents, families and healthcare professionals alike.

Rose Lodge Housekeeper Margaret Magneron also walked way with the ‘Housekeeping Highflyer’ award for her outstanding service. Also named as national finalists from Rose Lodge was Head Chef David Nevison for the ‘Masterchef’ award and Deputy Manager Leeann Burnside for the ‘End of Life Care’ Award.

Nicola Wheatley, Care Manager at Rose Lodge, said: “We couldn’t be happier with our Home of the Year success. It means so much to us, and it really has been a whole home effort. It feels wonderful to receive an award which recognises the whole team.”

Rose Lodge, which is rated Good by the CQC, boasts event such as its popular ‘come dine with me’ luncheons which are booked up as soon as tickets become available.

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