Two women from Aberdeenshire have received top awards after going that “extra mile” for elderly and vulnerable people in their care.
Karen Duncan, who works at Kynnaird House in Fraserburgh and Hannah Johnston, who works at Grove Care Home in Kemnay, picked up prestigious awards at the recent Meallmore Ltd’s award ceremony.
Karen won Manager of the Year and Hannah Johnston won Care Newcomer, which was voted for by residents, their families and staff, for going above and beyond the call of duty.
The ceremony, which took place at Perth Race Course, gave a unique insight into the massive difference Meallmore staff make to people’s lives.
Gerry Hennessey, managing director of Meallmore, said: “Karen is a first class manager who ensures residents receive excellent care. She insists staff take part in continuous training to improve the standards of care at the home, which is reflected in their excellent care grades.
“She also recently developed an outdoor garden for residents to relax, socialise or enjoy some gardening by growing plants and their own herbs to use in the kitchen. Young and new to a caring role, Hannah is showing the natural instincts of becoming an exceptional carer. Clients come first at all times and she communicates extremely well with their families.”
The duo will now go forward to the Scottish National Care Awards to be held in November. Karen said: “I feel very emotional since winning the award. I do my job to the very best of my abilities and feel so grateful to all those who nominated me.”
Hannah, aged 20, who has been a carer for six months, said: “I enjoy caring for residents who make the job feel worthwhile. Meallmore are a lovely company to work for and I’m surprised and honoured to win the Care Newcomer award.”
Finalists from more than 350 entries battled it out in 11 different categories including Care Newcomer, Nurse of the Year, Carer of the Year and Meaningful Activities at the annual award ceremony.
Winners were presented with an engraved crystal plaque and gift voucher and runners up received a certificate of recognition.
Speaking after the award ceremony, Gerry Hennessey, Managing Director said: “This is just the second year we have held care awards but the quality of the finalists was inspirational. Care workers are some of the most valuable, yet least recognised members of society. “