York Care Heroes Recognised at Ideal Care Awards Published: Wednesday 22nd September 2021

Ebor Court carers, Leah Beattie and Susie Carman have been honoured at the Ideal Care Awards taking home the prestigious ‘Beyond the Call of Duty’ and ‘Activities Co-ordinator of the Year’ accolades thanks to their excellent work, enthusiasm and commitment to their home and residents.

Leah and Susie both faced significant challenges in their roles throughout the pandemic, making their achievements even more poignant. Leah was commended for her approach to person-centred care as well as going above and beyond by helping families and fellow colleagues through difficult times, providing a listening ear and shoulder to cry on.

Susie was recognised for her constant cheery demeanour and ability to entertain residents under strict conditions throughout the pandemic, helping to combat loneliness by bringing people together to join in with fun and exciting activities.

The annual Ideal Care Awards were created in 2019 to recognise, reward and pay tribute to the Ideal Carehomes staff team who go above and beyond their roles.

After a callout for nominations, the group received a record breaking 1200 entries across 14 categories, ranging from Housekeeping Hero and Resident Outstanding Contribution to Home Manager and Home of the Year.

Internal judging days took place in July which determined the finalists who were invited to celebrate their achievements at a gala dinner at Casa Hotel in Chesterfield. The awards were hosted by Shaun Williamson, well- known for his role as Barry Evans in EastEnders.

He said, ‘It was a real honour to have been asked to join Ideal Carehomes at their awards ceremony. The stories of each finalist were incredibly moving, and it made every award extremely meaningful. Congratulations to the winners, you are all such a deserving bunch of people!’.

Leah said, ‘I am thrilled to have been awarded the ‘Beyond Call of Duty’ title, however it was such an incredible team effort – I feel like I brought the award home for us all!’.

Susie, said, ‘The awards evening was a perfect evening, we had so much fun, and it was great to be around such inspiring people. My job is incredibly rewarding, and I love every day I can see my residents – I am very honoured’.

Home Manager, Shane Talbot, said, ‘I am incredibly proud of both Leah and Susie’s achievements. They are incredibly talented carers, with the ability to light up a room and put smiles on everybody’s faces! They have both shown so much bravery throughout the pandemic, taking every challenge in their stride and putting the needs of their residents above all. Congratulations to them both’.

Ebor Court is a residential and dementia care home in Nether Poppleton which is rated as ‘GOOD’ by the Care Quality Commission. If you are interested in current opportunities to work at Ebor Court, visit www.idealcarehomes.co.uk/careers or contact Home Manager, Shane on 01904 782 708.