High ‘five’ for winner Meg and awards finalists

National Dementia Care Award winner Meg Austin, centre, with (l-r) David Jacques, Carol Clapcott, Lindsay Rees and Janie Pearman, who are all shortlisted for a National Care Award

Meg Austin, a Healthcare Assistant at The Aldbury in Poole, has won two coveted awards in the space of a week.

Firstly, she was named Care Personality of the Year at the National Dementia Care Awards.

Nominated by colleagues and residents’ relatives, she was presented with her award by astrologer, broadcaster and author Russell Grant at the Brighton Centre.

“I really did not expect my name to be called out,” said Meg, 29. “Then I saw my picture on the stage. Everyone stood up and I was still sitting down. I had a delayed response. When I walked up to the stage, Russell Grant said: ‘You look really shell-shocked’. I said: ‘I am’.”

The award recognises active promotion of excellence in care, peace of mind for relatives and a happy working environment. It is made to “someone whose personality and energy has made a difference in ways that are truly inspiring and memorable.”

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Meg Austin receives her Care Personality award from astrologer Russell Grant and Barbara Stephens, Chief Executive of Dementia Pathfinders Community Interest Company, who made the winner’s announcement.

In their citation, judges said Meg “demonstrated exceptional warmth and consideration for people living with dementia. She inspires others around her by drawing on her own personal attributes and values.”

Just a few days later, Meg won the Dignity in Care Award for the south west region at the Great British Care Awards.

Meg was one of five team members shortlisted for prestigious awards this year.

Vying for contention in different categories at the National Care Awards are Lindsay Rees, group-wide Care Operations Manager, Janie Pearman, Home Manager at Belmore Lodge in Lymington, Carol Clapcott, Domestic Supervisor at The Aldbury and David Jacques, Chef at Woodpeckers in Brockenhurst. Colten Care has the second biggest number of finalists across all UK care home providers.

Mark Aitchison, Colten Care’s Chief Executive, said: “We are naturally thrilled that David, Lindsay, Janie, Carol and Meg have all been recognised externally for their work. Congratulations especially to Meg for her much deserved wins.”

In our next edition, we’ll report on how our National Care Awards finalists fared on awards night.

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