CARE homes have been recognised for their efforts to ensure residents are kept safe.
Thirty of Sunderland’s nursing and residential homes have been presented with their Healthy Home awards for achieving and maintaining consistently high standards of hygiene and quality of care.
The annual awards, co-ordinated by Sunderland City Council, also take into consideration the safe environment homes offer staff.
The awards are recognised by The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health as an example of good practice for other local authorities to follow.
This year a record number of recipients collected their titles at a celebration held by the Mayor and Mayoress of Sunderland, Councillors Iain Kay and Barbara McClennan.
The awards are presented after a series of regular visits and rigorous assessment by environmental health officers based on certain criteria.
These check the residents are offered a healthy, balanced diet, high standards of hygiene and smoking policies are in place, workers are trained to follow health and safety procedures, and a programme of education, exercise and activities are run to promote residents mentally and physically.
The awards also contribute to the Care Quality Standards ratings given by the council to every home in the city, which are then published.
Cabinet member for public health Councillor John Kelly said: “We are delighted to have this opportunity to give annual recognition of all those homes who successfully demonstrate that they are prepared go that little bit further, in the care they provide for their residents.
“We are committed to promoting a healthier lifestyle for everyone in our city.
“These annual awards are a great way of encouraging and rewarding those residential homes which achieve and maintain the highest possible standards of care.”
Marie Shillaw, manager of the Pavillion Care Home in Fence Houses, which has received 10 consecutive Healthy Homes awards, said: “We work hard not only to meet expected standards but also to exceed them.
“It’s about having a flexible menu which takes the likes and dislikes of individual residents into account, and trained staff who know how to cater for their nutrition and hydration needs.”
Rowlindson House in Ryhope Road, received one of the awards for the first time.
Manager Libby Milner said: “Coming into care for the first time can be quite a challenge for people, so quickly getting to know them as a person and making them feel comfortable with us is really important.
“Each of our residents has their own individual personality and needs, and we work hard to maintain their sense of independence while also looking at how best to look after them.”
Full list of winners:
l Maple Lodge
l Sycamore Care Centre
l Valley View Care Centre
l Springfield House
l St Cuthbert’s Care Home
l Thorncliffe House
l Farmborough Court
l Lansbury Court
l Donwell House
l Belle Vue Care Home
l The Croft
l Princess House
l St Mark’s Nursing Home
l Washington Grange Care Home
l Washington Manor Care Home
l Jubilee Nursing Home
l Cedar House Care Home
l Highcliffe Care Home
l Pavillion Care Centre
l Grangewood Care Centre
l Regents View Care Home
l Lilburn and Riverview Lodge Care Home
l Bryony Park Care Home
l Rowlindson House
l Marquis Court
l St George’s Care Home
l Hylton View Care Home
l Woodland View