There were celebrations last weekend, as local caregiver Dionne Mant was crowned the winner of the Home Care Worker award at the South East regionals of the Great British Care Awards, which were presented by Dr Hilary Jones. The prestigious event took place at the Hilton Hotel in Brighton.
Also at the awards ceremony was Ann Cope, who was a finalist in the Unpaid Carers award category. Both Dionne and Ann were nominated by Home Instead Senior Care owner, Clare Jefferies.
Dionne works for the Wimbledon & Kingston office of Home Instead, where she specialises in providing care services to older people in their own homes. Dionne has built up an extremely close relationship with Ann, since she’s been supporting her with care for her husband Dick, who suffers from Parkinson’s and dementia and requires around the clock care.
Clare said, “It was fantastic that Dionne was given the ultimate recognition for the way in which she truly goes out of her way to support and care for her clients. She participates in regular specialist training, to enable her to be the best caregiver she can possibly be.
“The icing on the cake though, was Ann reaching the finals in the Unpaid Carers category. I nominated Ann due to her commitment in ensuring that life is as normal as possible for Dick. His condition means that he can’t be left alone, which has previously left her with very little time to herself. There is absolutely no doubt that her outstanding devotion in caring for her husband has shone through to the judges at the Great British Care Awards.
I’m so proud and pleased for both of them!”
Dionne, with Clare, Ann and Dick Cope with Dr Hillary