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The Firs care home scoops award for outstanding person-centred care

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A care home worker from East Devon has been honoured with a local award for going above and beyond for the residents they support.

Dave Gearing, who has worked at The Firs Residential Home in Budleigh Salterton for only 15 months, won the award which is part of an initiative run by Devon County Council, the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust and the Woodbury, Exmouth and Budleigh Primary Care Network.

The scheme aims to encourage teams to work together to provide personalised and proactive healthcare which is focussed on what matters to each care home resident.

Dave was awarded a prize which was donated by a number of local businesses that have supported the project to thank the workers who take care of local care home residents.

The runners up were Kat Irwin, Tracey Whittaker and Tony Clark from Linksway Nursing Home and Zoe Spencer from Halsdown Residential Home.

Nicola Shayler, The Firs Residential Home Manager, said:

“The Firs are delighted to have won The Outstanding Person–centred Care Award.

“Dave joined The Firs as a member of our maintenance team and he soon realised that there was more to working in a care home than just making it a safe environment – fulfilling the lives of those living with dementia quickly became an important part of his role.

“Dave demonstrated a unique passion for, and proactive approach to, his role; he always seeks to make the life of every individual better by ensuring quality of care and support, which in turn enables people to reach their desired outcomes.  May Dave be an inspiration to other maintenance roles throughout the care industry!”

Cllr James McInnes, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, said:

“People living in care homes should expect the same level of support as if they were living in their own home.

“We are re-thinking how we help care home residents to stay healthy and nurture their well-being, to engage with their communities, to be active and fulfilled, and to be able to access specialist healthcare when it is needed, in a way that fits with their individual needs. In doing this we can enable and encourage care home residents to take on as much responsibility for their own health and wellbeing as they want.

“This can only be achieved by working collaboratively with health, social care, voluntary and community organisations and of course the care home staff who are at the heart of this integrated team.

“We had a number of brilliant nominations – which reflects the huge number of incredible care home and we’re really looking forward to the next set of awards.

“I’d like to thank everyone who’s been involved with and supported this very worthwhile project.”

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