Alison Richards, Personal Activities Leader (PAL) at The Cedars and Larches Care Home in Ilkeston has been crowned 'Personal Activities Lead Champion' at the Four Seasons Care Awards.
The award Alison won commends her for providing residents with special experiences that help to keep them young at heart. The activities she runs stimulate the residents on every level and are heavily influenced by what they like, enabling them to have fun every day!
Following over 1,000 nominations, Alison was shortlisted with five other colleagues from over 250 Four Seasons Care Homes across the UK.
Clare Bracken, Brand Manager for Four Seasons Health Care, who presented Alison with this award, said: “I was truly humbled to present this award to Alison. Judging this category was a pleasure for me because I got to speak to some of the people who make special experiences for our residents on a daily basis. All our nominations have been exceptional in demonstrating all of this. Their passion and commitment is without question. Thank you to all of you, it was incredibly humbling and very, very, very difficult to judge and agree a winner. Alison showed total dedication, and a drive and energy to deliver amazing experiences each and every day.
“What stood Alison apart from the other nominees was her total understanding and appreciation of staying involved with the community. Not only to benefit the home’s residents with lots of visits to the home and daily and weekly outings to various events but encouraging residents and families to really feel part of the community by contributing themselves, playing a vital role in lots of different ways to support worthwhile causes outside of the home. For example, getting our residents to knit for local charities and our colleagues to pack groceries at local supermarkets were just two of the examples given.
“Alison’s Regional Manager was right when they used the term ‘one in a million’. Well done Alison!”
Nina Wright, Home Manager for The Cedars and Larches Care Home said: “Alison has been with the home for a long time. We don’t know what we’d do without her. She has our residents’ well-being at the centre of everything she does. There are not enough words in the English vocabulary that could describe what an amazing job this lady does. This is not a job for Alison but a vocation. Well done Alison! We’re so proud of you!”
On receiving the award, Alison said: “I was over the moon when I found out I was nominated. It means so much to me. It means I must be doing something right. I am completely shocked and humbled to have won. I feel no different to anyone else, not special in any way, but I am privileged to be highly thought of by my colleagues.”