The staff team at a West Norfolk residential home for 22 people with enduring mental health problems has been shortlisted as Care Home of the Year in the 2018 National Care Awards.
Staff at Gayton’s Mill House, run by private care provider Regard Group, were due to attend a black-tie awards dinner in London today (Friday).
Members of the 24-strong team are trained to support people with specialist needs such as schizophrenia, personality disorder and tendency to self-harm.
The nomination included a description of how hard the team worked to ensure residents had a real sense of ownership of the place they call home, including monthly house meetings where everyone contributed to discussions around what was happening at the care home and plans for the next month.
The care home also runs a popular walking group and supported residents to do voluntary work at a local animal sanctuary, enjoy regular work-outs at Lynnsport in King’s Lynn and attend a monthly disco for people with mental health problems and learning disabilities.
Service manager Kelly Liddiard said: “We believe that people’s full participation in the day-to-day running of their home is crucial for their own journeys to increased independence, so the meetings give everyone a say in what will happen here and enable them to exercise control over how they live their lives.”