Three Care UK colleagues are celebrating after winning awards at the 2024 Berkshire Care Awards. The Berkshire Care Awards are a celebration of Excellence in Adult Social Care across Berkshire, highlighting the commitment, dedication, and achievements of colleagues across the county.

Newbury Grove are celebrating a double success, with Adriano Goncalves De Carvalho, Head Chef, winning the Care Home Chef Award, and Sandra Vilaca, Activities Lead winning the Activity Co-ordinator Award.

Something that won the judges over was Adriano’s dedication to supporting residents’ nutritional wellbeing through a system he created which tracks the progress, preferences, and dislikes of each resident. This includes tracing residents’ dietary requirements and whether or not they require puréed foods. This system is used both in the kitchen, and to assist with clinical needs. The kitchen team make every effort to creatively pipe the pureed foods, making them look and taste as close to the unmodified dish as possible.

Sandra has been with the home since it opened eight years ago, and by working closely with activities colleagues and members of other teams, she has instilled a positive environment where residents have the freedom to pursue interests and activities that fulfil their lives. The result is a plethora of clubs ranging from reading to gardening, and activities such as bingo and pub quizzes.

Shirley Summerbell, Home Manager at Care UK’s Winchcombe Place, won the Leadership Award. Shirley is committed to encouraging the development of home champions in specific areas, such as dementia, medication, dysphagia, and end-of-life care.

The winners of the Berkshire Care Awards were announced on Thursday 25th April at Cantley House Hotel in Wokingham.

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