Staff and residents at Rose Lodge Care Home in Newton Aycliffe have been celebrating after it was announced that the home had been shortlisted as ‘Home of the Year’ finalist in the 2017 Maria Mallaband and Countrywide care awards. Rose Lodge, a residential care home for the elderly and people living with dementia, is acknowledged as one of the most desired care facilities in the Borough, with an impressive CQC inspection history and active involvement in the local community.

The home received nominations from staff, residents, families, healthcare professionals and visitors for the ‘Home of the Year’ award category, an award for a care home that has provided exceptional service to deliver a homely and welcoming place for residents and relatives while demonstrating great team work and a commitment to the service as a whole, and was shortlisted as one of six finalists nationwide. Staff members, residents, families and visitors were encouraged to nominate staff members across fourteen award categories, intended to represent all areas across the business, from frontline staff such as the ‘Dignity in Care’ and ‘Most Innovative Activity Programme’ awards, through to ‘Behind the Scenes’ and ‘Head Office Hero’ awards for those who provide exceptional support to their colleagues.

Nicola Wheatley, Manager at Rose Lodge, said: “When I found out I couldn’t wait to tell the staff and residents. Each and every one of our staff members strives to be the best at what they do and together are a dedicated, friendly and committed team. Our home’s success really has been a whole-home effort, from the input and support of residents and their families to the commitment and passion of our whole staff team.” Also named as award finalists from Rose Lodge was Head Chef David Nevison for the ‘Masterchef’ award, Deputy Manager Leeann Burnside for the ‘End of Life Care’ Award and Housekeeper Margaret Magneron for the ‘Housekeeping Highflyer’ award.

This year marks the third annual awards held by national care home operator Maria Mallaband Care Group and Countrywide Care Homes. The awards were created to acknowledge the efforts of staff at the group’s 73 care homes and the impact they have on the lives of residents and their families. Staff from Rose Lodge, along with other award finalists, are invited to a gala evening on 22nd June in Leeds for a drinks reception and dinner, followed by the awards presentation and entertainment. The Maria Mallaband Care Group (MMCG) and sister company Countrywide Care Homes are one of the country’s biggest independent providers of care for the elderly, along with luxurious close care apartments and retirement villas, gaining a reputation of innovation and excellence in these fields. The group was named by as one of the top 20 most highly recommended large care groups earlier this year.