MHL home wins prestigious award

OLD_VICARAGE_GV_039The Old Vicarage Care Home in Dorset (the home filmed for the ‘Keeping Workplace Fit for Purpose’ segment of the My Home Life film project), has picked up an honour at The Great British Care Home Awards. Jan Millward was awarded Care Home Activity Organiser of the Year.

Jan runs a range of activities, from normal outings to the local public houses, to lunch trips to observe visiting birds of prey. In the last year there have been school visits, drama and music evenings (with performances from local choirs), barbecues, community lunches, opera afternoons, tea dances and many more. A particular highlight was the hatching of ducklings in an incubator in a resident’s room.

Annie Sinnott, director of the home, said: “We’re thrilled that our staff have once again received positive recognition for the work they do. We’re particularly pleased for Jan, who began with us six years ago as an evening carer, and through hard work, commitment and enthusiasm has developed a full time activity role which has proved extremely popular with staff, residents and relatives. Many of whom have some involvement in the activities.”

While Jan herself said: “It’s worth all the effort to see the residents laughing and smiling. Our activities are beneficial for them and for the staff, and it contributes to a happy and vibrant home.”

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