Accolade for specialist home care team

6th October 2011

Above left: The Care South Crewkerne Home Care team at the Care Awards, which are designed to celebrate and recognise the wonderful work that goes on in Health & Social Care within Somerset.

Above right: The award was received by Helen Bell, Bev Mansfield and Alison Hunt on behalf of the Palliative Care Team.

A Care South Palliative Care Team based in Crewkerne, Somerset, has won the Dedication to End of Life Care award in the Care Focus annual awards.

The award, which was presented at a gala event in Taunton, was sponsored by St Margaret’s Hospice which provides support to patients in the hospice and also in their own homes in conjunction with GPs and other health and care services, such as Care South.

Sarah Broom, Client Services Manager with Care South Somerset and West Dorset Home Care, says: “We all feel very privileged to be involved in such worthwhile work at such a difficult time for people and their families. To be able to make even the smallest contribution makes our jobs so very rewarding”.

End of Life Care is the care provided to a person in their final stages of life, and it is important that they and their families are able to receive the right combination of high quality services whatever the setting.

The specialist team, which forms part of Care South’s home care service, has received a variety of additional training from the company’s in-house training division, local hospices, and the Primary Care Trust to comprehensively prepare them to support clients and families alike.

St Margaret’s Hospice has said of Care South: “The very professional and caring way that the members of your team approach this very difficult and sensitive time in our patient’s lives is exemplary”.

The award was received by Alison Hunt, Bev Mansfield, and Helen Bell on behalf of the Palliative Care Team.

Also at the Care Focus awards, Maria Kneeshaw of Somerset and West Dorset Home Care was a finalist in the Tim Catley-Day Award for outstanding individuals who demonstrate excellence in a care at home capacity.