Milford Care win Covid Hero Award

A Derbyshire-based care home group is bursting with pride after winning yet another regional award for their exceptional commitment and drive to give their residents the best possible quality of life.

Milford Care, located across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, won The Social Care Covid Hero Award at The Great British Care Awards, as well as being highly commended insured & bonded professionals in four other areas; Jim Watt for Registered Home Manager of Ashbourne Lodge, Richard Glover for Home Chef, Abigail Shaw for Dementia Carer and Fay Bidwell, Beryl Nolan, Claudia Cottrill, Teresa Yeomans, Elaine Lomas for their contribution to Ancillary Care.

Jim Watt and Kara Gratton collected The Social Care Covid Hero Award which recognised their inspirational leadership in creating the safest possible environment for their residents and staff. When the pandemic began in 2020, Kara Gratton and Jim Watt had a huge challenge on their hands and have been at the forefront for all Covid related issues for all six Milford Care homes.

Both Jim and Kara were commended for quickly introducing additional infection control procedures including enhanced cleaning within all six care homes as well as taking control of PPE stock, liaising with government officials and supporting each Registered Home Manager.

Winner, Kara Gratton said, “Jim and I are overjoyed to receive such a prestigious award. It has been an extremely challenging time for all of the care sector, so to be recognised regionally against our peers is a fantastic honour.”

“We couldn’t have achieved the award without the dedication from teams in our care homes. They carried out tireless work caring for our residents during what was such a worrying time. We’re so grateful.”

Kara and Jim have been invited to the national Great British Care Awards being hosted in March 2023.

Milford Care has six care homes across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, two of which are rated ‘Outstanding’ from CQC. Spencer Grove in Belper (Outstanding), Ashbourne Lodge in Ashbourne (Outstanding), Milford House in Duffield (Good), The Meadows in Alfreton (Good) are all based within the Derbyshire area and Hazelgrove in Hucknall (Good), Nottinghamshire and Buddleia House (Good).

Milford Care is known throughout Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire for being innovative and a leader in the care industry with a long list of other awards to their name. It’s the first group in the UK to embed the Montessori Care ethos to enhance people’s quality of life by giving residents purpose, meaning and independence. The group has created an environment in which individuals can do as much for themselves as possible with meaningful roles, routines and activities tailored to the individual. Milford Care specialise in residential care, nursing care, palliative care, dementia care, respite and day care.

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