Churchfields Activities Coordinator makes the final three at prestigious Health and Care awards

Staff and residents at Churchfields Care Home were celebrating this week as they received the news that one of their Activities Coordinator’s has been shortlisted for a National Care Award!

Karen Woolford, Activities Coordinator at Churchfields has been nominated for the prestigious Care Home Worker of the Year, at the Oxford Times Health and Care Awards 2021.

The Oxford Times Health and Care Awards 2021 aims to recognise the talent and dedication of the heroes who work in the care industry, particularly during this incredibly testing year.

As part of her role, Karen works closely with her residents and colleagues, to plan and deliver a wide range of activities and events, both on a small group basis, as well as offering one-to-one support, for those who prefer.

Karen, who has been at the home for almost five years, has been instrumental in supporting staff and residents throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic, whilst remaining consistently positive.

Speaking of her nomination, Karen said:

“I was very surprised to find out I had been nominated and even more surprised that I have been shortlisted! It has been a very tough year for everyone, and in my eyes, everyone deserves to be recognised.”

Karen was nominated for the Care Home Worker of the Year Award by Clare Abrahams, a daughter of a resident, who said:

“Karen has remained so positive and inspiring through the terrible time I’m sure every care home has sadly shared. She is the lynch pin to all the resident’s great mental wellbeing.

“Karen has remained imaginative, time after time, creating a stimulating environment, throughout the fluctuations of staffing numbers, which are inevitable with the pandemic. She’s just as capable helping the general carers, too.”

“As Lead Activities Coordinator, Karen is always creating new and interesting things for the residents. The care home’s Facebook page shows constantly changing daily activities, plus a lovely regular cycle of weekly therapies, themes and entertainment.”

Jane Roberts, owner of Churchfields Care Home, said:

“Living well and enjoying life is central to our philosophy at Churchfields. We place a high emphasis on effective social interaction, and Karen personifies this commitment through her role. She is dynamic, innovative and empathetic, and is extremely deserving of this nomination.

“During the first lockdown, Karen worked tirelessly finding new and innovative ways to keep families connected, through daily facetime, phone calls, and outside visits. This was essential to the health and mental wellbeing of everyone.

“I can’t thank Karen enough for her positive and inspiring attitude that she shows every day, and particularly throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.’’

The finalists will be chosen by a panel of judges and the winners will be announced at a virtual awards ceremony on Friday, May 21 at 7pm, which will be broadcast live on the Oxford Mail’s Facebook page.

The home is pleased to be welcoming new residents and has specific procedures in place to continue to support families who are looking for care for a loved one, whilst minimising the risk for both residents and staff.

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