At last night’s annual Caring UK Awards, Connaught Care Group took home two trophies in recognition of its achievements in the UK care sector.

This is the first awards ceremony the company has attended after opening its first two homes in June/July this year. Singled out for praise was Huntingdon-based home The Chase, which won the ‘Catering Team of the Year’ category –  and was nominated for the ‘Community Involvement Award’ as well.

Connaught Care was also named ‘Care Employer of the Year’ in recognition of its commitment to hiring and retaining 25% more on-duty staff than competitors, and to paying the highest salaries available in the marketplace. The group hopes this will inspire other providers to adopt a similar people-first ethos.

Accepting the award on behalf of Connaught was its new Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Winstanley:

“As such a new player in the social care sector, the team was both surprised and delighted to get such early recognition for their hard work. The team at The Chase have knocked it out of the park in terms of the levels of service they offer, and all the credit goes to them. Now, Connaught will be turning its attention to hitting the ground running in 2024. Watch this space!”

The Chase is one of only a handful of UK care homes to offer fine-dining services. Led by Head Chef Juliana Martins, the on-site Paddock Bar & Bistro supplies family lunches, afternoon tea, fresh seasonal meals, and a full-stocked hotel bar – all covered under an all-inclusive package.

In addition, every month The Chase’s Activities Team plans dozens of creative activities for residents and the local community. This has included events like Cirque du Soleil, Care-chella, firework nights, Young Artist competitions, and even a Bubble disco.

Nicola Orwin, General Manager at The Chase, comments on this approach:

“Good food, fun activities, and a lively social calendar are a crucial part of our offering. They help our residents to truly feel at home at The Chase, and can help to build vital bridges with the local community in Huntingdon as well. This is a wonderful place to live, and being elderly doesn’t have to be a barrier to making the most of all it has to offer.”

Other luxury services offered at the home include an on-site cinema, hair salon, landscaped gardens, beauty treatments at The Lotus Spa, and access to a chauffeur-driven Mercedes.