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Special award for Bideford care home at awards ceremony

Care South’s Kenwith Castle care home in Bideford is celebrating after being awarded the Dining Excellence award at the company’s annual awards ceremony, held on Thursday 13th July at AFC Bournemouth’s Vitality Stadium.

Now in its 14th year, the Stars Awards recognise and reward individuals and teams from across the company for their outstanding achievements and excellent care provision. They are an important event during which time is taken to celebrate care staff and thank them for their frontline duties and commitment to residents. Nominees are put forward by colleagues, residents and relatives. The ceremony was held at AFC Bournemouth’s Vitality Stadium with Care South’s Chairman, Chris Kean and Chief Executive, Simon Bird hosting care homes and Care South at Home offices who had been named as finalists.

All Care South care homes enjoy some friendly competition and there must be a winner, but it was not an easy decision for judges as the high-quality of care and feedback consistently received from residents and relatives across the whole Care South group is second-to-none.

Kenwith Castle scooped the Dining Excellence award for its consistent high standards of fresh and well-balanced meals, and its welcome and well-presented dining room. The home was also praised for holding regular food-related activities.

All Care South care homes understand the importance of nutritious, fresh produce in the menus and each home takes pride in sourcing, where possible, seasonal ingredients from producers local to the homes. Good nutrition and hydration are vital parts of the care provided, which is why homely and delicious food is produced that supports the health and wellbeing of residents.

Amanda Williams, Home Manager at Kenwith Castle, said: “I am so proud of my colleagues at Kenwith Castle. Dining is such an important aspect of care home life and ties into the Care South ethos of Food, Fun and Friendship. The team are always working so hard to provide residents in our care with the highest quality of meals. To have our team presented with this award simply demonstrates that this is a great team effort by everyone in the home. They all play their part in making the difference.”

Bela Racz, Chef at Kenwith Castle, added: “At the heart of our home is Food, Fun and Friendship with hearty, nutritious meals. Mealtimes are very important, and residents love coming together to enjoy delicious food with their friends. The menus on offer are expertly crafted by the kitchen team and are all cooked and prepared onsite. We are all passionate about providing high-quality food for residents and cater for all dietary requirements and preferences, and always maintain the same high standards when preparing alternative meals.”

Simon Bird, Chief Executive at Care South, commented: “Many congratulations to Kenwith Castle for their fantastic award. This award provides a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the professionalism, passion, and commitment to the delicious food that is carefully crafted and delivered day in, day out and gives us the chance to acknowledge and thank everyone for their hard work and dedication.”

Care South is the leading provider of high quality residential and home care services across the south of England. Care South has care homes in Dorset, north Devon, Somerset and West Sussex, and home care offices covering east and west Dorset, Bath and north east Somerset and south Somerset.

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