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  Care Assistant working at Wantage Nursing Home WINS special County Award...
A care assistant at a Sanctuary Care home in Wantage has proudly received an award in recognition of the exceptional way in which she cares for her residents.
Angie Ledbury picked up the Care Home Worker Award at the Oxfordshire Care Awards 2018, organised by the Oxfordshire Association of Care Providers (OACP).
Following the awards ceremony, which took place at the end of March at The Kassam Stadium Conference & Events Centre, Oxford, Angie said: “It was nerve wracking and I felt so happy I cried. I never thought I would win! This is for all of us at the home.”
Angie, who has worked at Wantage Nursing Home for three years, was nominated by her employer Sanctuary Care for being an outstanding carer who treats her residents with the upmost kindness, dignity and respect.
Every resident is special to Angie and the care she provides is personalised. Angie believes it is vital to encourage her residents’ independence ­ for their physical well­being, confidence and self­esteem. This could be anything from choosing their clothes for the day, to supporting them to make meal choices or socialising with fellow residents.
Her residents are a huge part of her life, but she also means so much to them. You can see the difference she makes by the way they respond to her. The wife of one resident, who finds it very difficult to talk, said she knows the carers that mean a lot to her husband because he will take their hand and try to smile – as he does with Angie.
From right to left:
Angie Ledbury being presented with her award by Kate Terroni, Director of Adult Services and Councillor Lawrie Stratford Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care at the Oxfordshire Care Awards 2018
Comments in Angie’s nomination from residents and loved ones highlight just why she was nominated. One of them reads: “Dad’s face lights up when he sees her.”
Angie believes dignity is essential for her residents. She always knocks and waits to be invited into a resident’s room and explains to them what she is doing, shutting the door behind her.
She actively involves residents in their care, taking time to explain what is happening. Sometimes they may become confused or forget why they can’t do something, but Angie always talks to them in a way that makes them feel confident and reassured.
Home manager Paulo Leitao said in the nomination: “Angie considers each and every resident to be part of her extended family and is a wonderful carer.”
Eddy McDowall, CEO, Oxfordshire Association of Care Providers said: “It’s important that social care has the opportunity to celebrate the fantastic work it does, day in and day out. The awards recognise how people and services make a difference every day. It truly was inspirational ­ there are some amazing people, companies and organisations working in Adult Social Care in Oxfordshire!”
Sheila O’Connor,
Sanctuary Care’s
Director of Operations
said: “We are so
enormously proud of
Angie. She is a shining
example of someone who has kindness at the heart of their care. It is so fitting that her win has come during Sanctuary Care’s 20th Anniversary of delivering care to our residents – a double celebration indeed.”
Sanctuary Care -
      a care home near you:
We take great pride in the quality and professionalism of our service and invite you to contact or visit us anytime to talk to our team and residents about life in our Oxfordshire homes.
Iffley Residential
and Nursing Home
Iffley is set in a tranquil rural location only a short drive from the historic city centre surrounded by woodlands and landscaped gardens.
Address: Anne Greenwood Close, Iffley OX4 4DN
Telephone: 01865 718402
Yarnton Residential
and Nursing Home
Yarnton is a beautiful home located in the pretty rural village of Yarnton, close to the historic town of Woodstock.
Address: Rutten Lane, Yarnton OX5 1LW Telephone: 01865 849195
Wantage Nursing Home
Nestled behind Wantage Community Hospital, Wantage is located in the heart of the market town in the Vale of White Horse, near to shops, restaurants, theatre and other attractions.
Address: Garston Lane, Wantage OX12 7AR Telephone: 01235 774320
Watlington and
District Nursing Home Watlington is a picturesque home with a bright and airy orangery overlooking the home’s sensory gardens and views of the Chiltern Hills.
Address: Hill Road, Watlington OX49 5AE Telephone: 01491 613400
To find your nearest home you can call us or visit our website below.
Tel: 0800 916 1499 www.sanctuary­
   ‘Keeping kindness at the heart of our care’

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