On Friday 4 November representatives from care homes across the east of the country attended ‘The Great British Care Awards’ – East of England care awards 2022, at the MK Dons stadium in Milton Keynes. Much to the delight of everyone at Edensor Care Home, Ewa Ruskowiak who was nominated for a Great British Care Award, beat eleven other nominees in her category, to win the ‘Ancillary Worker Award’.
The ‘Ancillary Worker Award’ is awarded to someone who offers an excellent, person centered service to clients and demonstrates dignity and respect through ancillary services and Ewa’s win allows her to attend the National Finals, on 17 March 2023 at the International Convention Centre, in Birmingham.
Ewa Ruskowiak, a Domestic at Edensor Care Centre, said, “I felt so happy, as I could see that people believed in me, and I have never had that recognition before. I felt very special.” And the domestic team at Edensor commented, “Eva is a beautiful person through and through, she treats every single resident as if they are family. She uses her magic fairy dust to bring everything to life. She is one in a million and we are so very proud of her.”
Lindsey Milliken, Deputy Manager, Edensor Care Centre, said, “Ewa’s compassionate care delivery over fifteen years definitely requires recognition. She is kind, caring and compassionate to all our residents and is in the true sense, an unsung hero. Although, as a domestic, she does not deliver hands on care, she proves to many that ancillary staff can make a real difference to resident’s lives.”
Ewa is not only popular with the Edensor team but also with the residents and they were delighted to hear about her award win. Susan Thiel, an Edensor resident who lives with dementia, said of Ewa, “She makes me feel very warm and happy inside.”
To find out more about the Edensor Care Centre visit www.diagramafoundation.org.uk/senior-dementia-care/edensorcarehomeclacton
About The Great British Care Awards
The Great British Care Awards are a series of regional events throughout the UK which celebrate excellence across the care sector and pay tribute to those individuals who have demonstrated outstanding excellence within their field of work.
About Diagrama Foundation
Diagrama Foundation is a Kent based charity that supports vulnerable children, young people, and adults to live their best life.
Diagrama has a Supported Living Service across Bromley, three homes for adults with learning disabilities in Orpington, a fifty-bed care home for the elderly with nursing and dementia needs in Essex, and a fostering and adoption service in the southeast.
- The Supported Living Service, cares for 35 adults with learning disabilities, in nine homes across Bromley helping them to develop skills and confidence to live in their own house either on their own or with others.
- At Cabrini House in Orpington the charity promotes the development of core skills for 23 adults with learning disabilities so that they can lead independent lives integrated within their community.
- The team at their nursing and dementia care home Edensor in Clacton on Sea, support their vulnerable residents to live life to the full.
- Diagrama’s adoption and fostering service cares for children in South London, Kent, Sussex, and Surrey.
Many vulnerable children and adults don’t get the support they need to develop their true potential, but the Diagrama team know that when someone has time and belief invested in them, they come alive, because that investment has made them feel valued and worthy.