Hastings Court, one of two care homes operated by Oakland Primecare on the South Coast of England, has been named as best start-up in a regional business competition.
The 80-bed care home in Hastings beat nine other local businesses to win the award and now go forward to the JP South Sussex Business Awards which is being held at The Grand Hotel Brighton on September 30.
Hastings Court opened eighteen months ago, offering residential, nursing and dementia care that focuses on every resident as an individual. The state of the art home, which includes a beauty salon, a library, cinema and gym, opened its doors with just twelve staff.
“The last eighteen months have seen us grown incredibly quickly,” commented general manager, Katie Brewster. “We’ve gone from just twelve staff to 70. We have carers, chefs, hairdressers, a lifestyle team, nurses – all from the local community.”
The home was chosen by the judges because of how well it had become part of its community in a very short space of time. They also highlighted “the outstanding reputation for their excellence in care and leading the way in East Sussex with the Dementia Care Matters Butterfly Project.”
They added: “Every attention to detail is catered for at Hastings Court.”
Managing director of Oakland, Harnoop Atkar, said: “The team at Hastings Court have built a caring and comfortable place in which people can live a fulfilling life. Katie and her staff never rest on their laurels, they are always striving to improve and finding ways to make life better for the residents.
“The home will be the first in East Sussex to gain ‘Butterfly status’ which is a national accreditation scheme for excellence in dementia care. The staff are all working hard to make that happen and I couldn’t be more proud.”