Queen’s House in Kelso has been recognised as one of the leading care homes in Scotland at a prestigious evening awards ceremony celebrating the best of the independent care home sector in Scotland.

88% of all care home support in Scotland is delivered by the independent sector, with these services caring for over 33,000 older individuals and employing nearly 46,000 people.

Queen’s House has won the Care Home of the Year category at the Scottish Care Awards 2019. This award celebrates an individual service who are at the forefront of excellent care home provision in Scotland.

The team from Queen’s House received their award, which was sponsored by Simply Care Group (UK) Limited, at an Awards Ceremony on 15 November at the Hilton Hotel in Glasgow. The Awards Ceremony were hosted by Michelle McManus, with nearly 700 people attending.

Staff from Queen’s House were delighted to have been recognised and said:

“We are very surprised but thrilled and honoured to be chosen as a winner in these prestigious awards.”

Dr Jane E Douglas, Queens House’s Chief Executive said:

“We continually strive to evolve and become the best we can. Over the last 3 years we have worked hard to move to a rights/choice-based approach which enables people to be the best that they can.”

“The impact of the of the change in the model of care and support has created an environment that is happy, where the people who live here are contented. We have motivated staff teams who enjoy their work.”

The awards have been hailed a huge success in recognising individuals, teams and companies, with more entries than ever flooding in each year from employers, care home staff, residents and relatives nominating their peers, colleagues and local services.

The care awards followed a full day conference for the care home sector with speakers including Professor George Crooks, CEO of the Digital Health and Care Institute and the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, Ms Jeane Freeman MSP.

The Scottish Care National Care Home Conference & Exhibition, which is now in its 20th year and was sponsored by the Clydesdale & Yorkshire Bank, has incorporated an awards ceremony for the last 15 years.

The conference focus this year was on the essential role of care homes in supporting individuals within a demographic reality of an ageing population and more complex care needs.  It will also highlight their importance within communities and the criticality of care homes in delivering positive outcomes and relieving pressure on other health and care services including hospitals. The conference will explore topics as diverse as the role of technology, design approaches to future care, LGBTI recognition, intergenerational support, dentistry and workforce.

The conference, exhibition and care awards are the largest of their kind for the care home sector in Scotland.

For more information visit www.scottishcare.org

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