At our care home in Hertfordshire, we’ve been dusting off our Santa hats and enjoying some on-site Christmas shopping in the run-up to the festive season.
Whilst we’ve been celebrating the festivities, we received the wonderful news that we’ve been shortlisted in the prestigious Great British Care Awards! We’re delighted that they’re running again this year, and thrilled to be in the running for the East Midlands Care Innovator award.
An annual event, the GBCA recognises excellence across the care sector, paying tributes to those who have achieved greatness within their field of work. And with the healthcare industry having taken a rather large hit during the coronavirus pandemic, such official recognition couldn’t have come at a better time; it’s certainly lifted moods throughout our home!
This year, the GBCA has recognised our wonderful team for the implementation of technology throughout our home during the incredibly difficult lockdown and strict tier system. We were proud to be one of the first care homes in the UK to do this – and it has allowed us to ensure our residents stay connected with their friends and family.
During the first few days of the March lockdown, we installed Facebook Portal facilities – and our staff used the video calling technology to connect our residents with their loved ones. This meant that they were able to continue seeing, hearing and responding to their friends and family in real-time, and on a regular basis.
The Facebook Portal facilities at our care home in Hertfordshire became so popular that we trained our residents to use the technology independently. We also began running a weekly ‘tech class’ at our home, in which our staff, and students from local schools, taught our residents how to use various smart technology – from tablets to mobile phones.
We’re absolutely delighted to have been shortlisted in the Great British Care Awards 2020, especially given how difficult this year has been for the care sector. To receive such recognition for our efforts is incredible, and it’s proven to be a real morale booster for our staff – all of whom have been doing a fantastic job throughout.
Winners will be announced during the East Midlands Great British Care Awards Gala Evening, scheduled to take place on Thursday 29 April 2021 at the East Midlands Conference Centre in Nottingham.
If you’d like to show your support, or find out more about what we’ve been getting up to at our care home in Hertfordshire, do engage with us on our social media channels.
Alternatively, take a look at our previous article, in which we congratulate our two new Carers of the Year for their fantastic work!