Award winning care home group Westgate Healthcare is to pay all its staff at least 2.7% above the National Living Wage.
In addition, the care group is awarding pay increases well above the 2.2% level suggested by the government.
The family-owned and run care group that operates seven care homes in England, two of which are rated Outstanding, made the decision as part of its annual staff remuneration review, and in recognition of its employees’ efforts during the pandemic.
Sita Foxon, Director at Westgate Healthcare, (pictured) said: “Our staff team work so hard and deserve to be rewarded. We would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every Westgate Healthcare employee for making a difference each day, and for going the extra mile.
“The past 18 months have been extremely challenging in many different ways and we understand the personal sacrifices our staff members have made in order to continue providing an uninterrupted, high quality care service for our residents. Our team are social care heroes and should be proud of the invaluable contribution they make to society and their residents’ lives.”
Additional staff reward incentives introduced by the care group include an enhanced staff Christmas bonus in 2020, an increased contribution from Westgate Directors to the company’s Staff Wellness Fund, and the group-wide launch of the ‘Make a Wish’ scheme for employees across the group’s care homes.