‘Delighted’ Vera wins regional award

Vera Almeida at Bourne View with her award
Vera Almeida at Bourne View with her award

One of our experienced Clinical Leads, Vera Almeida, has scooped a top regional care award for her ‘consistent approach, outstanding clinical knowledge and kind personality’.

Vera, Clinical Lead at our Bourne View home in Poole, was named Care Home Worker of the Year at the Bournemouth Daily Echo Proud To Care Awards.

Readers of the newspaper sent in hundreds of nominations across 13 community care categories, recognising staff, volunteers, residential and nursing care homes, home care providers and specialist care givers.

Vera said she was ‘surprised and delighted’ to hear her name read out at the awards ceremony at Bournemouth’s Marsham Court Hotel.

She was quick to praise Colten Care, her colleagues and residents, saying: “This award is a reflection of the amazing team I work with and all the support I have had from Colten Care over the years. It’s also about the amazing residents who help us all to keep going and feel motivated.”

Vera’s citation explained: “Vera is consistent in her approach to both residents and the staff she works with. Her clinical knowledge is outstanding, gained through her studies in her native Azores and working both in the NHS and in the private care sector. A recent respite resident at Bourne View described her as a star and stated that she trusted her judgement implicitly.”

We also congratulate Canford Chase Healthcare Assistant Abner Saclayan, who has won a runners-up prize in The Carer Unsung Hero Awards.

It’s the second awards success for Abner, after his Resident Engagement award at Colten Champions 2019.

Team members at the Outstanding-rated Poole home nominated him as an Unsung Hero for what they describe as his ‘amazing’ care and commitment.

Home Manager Charlotte Wilson said: “Abner is a genuinely great guy who always puts residents at the heart of everything he does.”

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