Yelverton care worker wins excellence award

Chris Avery, Head of Care at Cedar House care home in Yelverton, Norwich, has been recognised for his dedication at the recent ceremony held by the Caring Homes Group, ‘Celebrating Excellence Awards 2010’.

Chris won the award for Unsung Heroes, as a result of the huge amount of effort he puts into his work, and the compassionate, friendly and understanding way he treats Cedar House residents.

Chris says: “Winning this award means a great deal to me, and is a real honour. I have worked for Caring Homes for 12 years, and have enjoyed seeing the company grow and develop. I work with a great team, and the superior standard of care that we provide would not be possible without their support and hard work.

“I particularly enjoy talking to the residents and learning about their lives, as well as meeting their families. I think it is important to organise as many trips and interesting activities as possible, to ensure that the residents enjoy their time with us as much as they can.”

The Caring Homes Group, the UK’s largest independently owned care home group, introduced the ‘Celebrating Excellence Awards’ to recognise excellent service, commitment and dedication of the company’s unsung heroes, across all spectrums of care. Nominations were received from all the Caring Homes Groups brands; Caring Homes, Consensus, Curate and Cheshire House.

Held at the Radisson Hotel in Stanstead, Essex, the ceremony was hosted by the hilarious and outrageous act ‘ 4 Poofs and a Piano’, who are best known as the house band on BBC One’s incredibly popular ‘Friday Night with Jonathon Ross’. Over 250 members of staff from the Caring Homes Group attended the evening, which also included a delicious three-course meal. A raffle was held to support those affected by the earthquake in Haiti.

Emma Charlton, Group Marketing Director, says: “I would like to congratulate Chris on his award, it is a real achievement and he should be very proud of himself and the important work that he does at Cedar House.

“Our staff work so hard throughout the year, and truly do deserve to be rewarded for their dedication. The awards evening acknowledged and celebrated the role of each and every member, and their outstanding contribution, effort and achievements.”


10th March 2010

Notes to editors:

A former Rectory, Cedar House dates from approximately the 13th century and lies in the heart of the village of Yelverton, close to St Mary’s Church. Cedar House has been altered several times over the centuries, the last major alteration being the addition of the top floor, bay windows and the wing, which was completed in the 19th century.

Today it is a highly regarded care home providing nursing and residential care to elderly people, providing first class care facilities to ensure a stimulating and individualised approach to care.

The house is surrounded by well established gardens with level lawns featuring commanding views across open countryside, which can be viewed from the exceptional Victorian style sun room. In this tranquil location nursing care is provided for up to 25 people over the age of 65. It is our aim to provide a comfortable and enjoyable home with a friendly atmosphere, where residents can enjoy the highest standard of care from highly trained and qualified staff.

Caring homes, a leading campaigner for raising standards in the care home industry, was founded 14 years’ ago and today operates over 120 establishments nationwide. The Caring Homes group has a pioneering approach that has earned the reputation for bringing residential care into the 21st century.

Caring Homes is the largest independent quality accredited care home operator in the UK. Established in 1994 by mother and son team, Helena and Paul Jeffrey they have championed high standards of care, the freedom of choice, privacy and dignity which forms the basis of the company’s philosophy and ethos today. The group invests in superior staff training, premium quality properties as well as perpetuating their caring attitude throughout the organisation.

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