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Seckford care team shine at the Suffolk GEM awards

Staff at Seckford Care in Woodbridge, who run the Seckford Almshouses, Day Club and Jubilee House care home, have scooped an award for ‘Communication’ at the ‘Going the Extra Mile’ (GEM) awards, organised by Suffolk County Council and the Suffolk Safeguarding Adults Board. The team, who were also shortlisted in two other categories, picked up their award at the special ceremony held at Trinity Park in Ipswich on 1st February.

GEM-Awards-6The ‘My life, my communication’ award was presented to the Seckford Care team for their ability to support older people to interact, communicate and express their needs meaningfully. Seckford Care was praised for their photography and art clubs, which help residents to express themselves creatively, and for their services to the wider community with their lip-reading class and hearing aid clinic. The team were also recognised for helping residents to correspond by post with a special collection service on site, assisting residents to use Skype to communicate with family members, and offering surveys to collect residents’ and relatives’ feedback.

Sarah Kopferschmitt, Head of Care at the Seckford Almshouses, said: “We are so pleased to have won the award for ‘Communication’ and to have been shortlisted for the ‘Independence’ and ‘Fun’ award categories too. We believe good communication is key to ensuring the welfare of all residents and team members at Seckford Care, which is why it is at the heart of all we do.”

For more information about Seckford Care which includes day care, very sheltered apartments and residential care, visit www.seckfordalmshouses.org.uk.