A WELLINGTON care home has been recognised with a national award, three years running.

Camelot House and Lodge, a specialist dementia care home run by Camelot Care, was one of only 15 care homes nationwide to make it to the GSF Care Home of the Year finals.

The home was also one of 40 to be given the Quality Hallmark Award from the National Gold Standards Framework Centre.

The team was recognised for providing the best possible care for all its residents right up until the end of their lives.

Sam Paddon, manager of Camelot House and Lodge, said: “I am very proud to manage a team that is so caring and compassionate in the delivery of end of life care.

“Our ethos instils the question - is what we do good enough for our own family? By practicing this in everything we do, it ensures we deliver the best possible care to our residents who are at end of life.

“We have only one chance to get it right and we feel extremely privileged to be part of the person’s journey.”

Staff from the home visited London on September 27 where they received their award from Liz Jones, policy director to the National Care Forum.

She said: “Care home residents and their families want and should be able to receive compassionate, personalised and proactive care. The Gold Standards Framework is a fantastic resource to help the care home workforce provide this.

“Every home like Camelot House and Lodge that receives the GSF Quality Hallmark award should be proud they have demonstrated that their residents are receiving that quality of care in the place and manner of their choosing."

GSF Quality Hallmark Awards are presented to homes that demonstrate real improvement in the quality of care they provide.

Professor Keri Thomas, GSF Founder and National Clinical Director, said: “The aim of the GSF is to help care homes ensure they are delivering quality care for all of their residents not just today but for tomorrow and the next day.

“Camelot House and Lodge has proved that its commitment to providing personalised, compassionate care is long term and should be congratulated for its efforts. Its residents can feel reassured that staff are dedicated to delivering a high standard of coordinated care, in line with their wishes right up until the end of their life.”