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Staff at An Caladh House have been praised for their “dedication and commitment” after scooping a prestigious award.


The home, near Lincoln, won the Home Care Team Award trophy at the Great British Care Awards.


They won the award for the care they provided to an adult at the home who was diagnosed with a terminal illness. Because of the vulnerabilities of the person with the diagnosis, she had to be moved to an empty home to reduce the risk posed by Covid 19.


That meant the staff – who at that point had no experience in supporting someone through the course of the prescribed treatments and post-operative care – were often isolated from the rest of the staff group.


The award organisers made special mention of staff members Emma Booth and Millie Fortune, and praised the whole team who contributed to the care provided.


Vicki Halligan, the registered manager of the home, which is a ten-bed residential service providing support and care for adults with autism, severe learning disabilities and behaviours that challenge, said: “I am tremendously proud of the whole team, this is a testament to their dedication and commitment. This was a very challenging time for everyone involved as they navigated their way through a global pandemic.”


The Great British Care Awards also praised the efforts of staff at the home, saying: “This team were very dedicated to their residents. Through their commitment to care, a young lady who had a terminal illness was able to pass away in a dignified manner, in familiar surroundings, with a care team she knew and loved.”


One of the judges on the panel added: “If my daughter ever needed that level of care I couldn’t think of a better team to support her.”

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