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Abbeymoor gateshead care home awards

A Lifeways residential service is a finalist in the Care Home Awards 2021, which every year celebrates excellence and innovation across the UK’s care sector.

The shortlisted service is Lifeways' Abbeymoor Neurological Centre. Located outside Gateshead, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Abbeymoor supports up to 41 adults with acquired brain injuries and neurological disabilities.

In last year’s run-up to Christmas, Abbeymoor created a new way for family and friends to visit through the pandemic – a custom-built visitor pod that’s both see-through and COVID-secure.

Thankfully, Abbeymoor already had an area suitable for adapting as a visitor pod - an extension with French doors opening out to the service’s garden.

The visitor pod, which was built by Abbeymoor’s Maintenance Manager, Andy Thompson, took just three days of work, and cost less than £400.

This bright and welcoming space has proven popular with people who live at the service and their families and friends, and was particularly well-used over the Christmas period.

Heating up

Abbeymoor is among 59 finalists from across the UK. It’s competing in Care Home Awards 2021 category of ‘Best for Infection Prevention and Control (including safe visiting spaces)’

A panel of 20 judges will decide the winners. If COVID-19 restrictions allow, a face-to-face lunch and awards ceremony will take place on Friday 10 September this year in the Grosvenor House hotel ballroom, on Park Lane, London.

‘Absolutely amazing’

Reacting to the news of Abbeymoor’s shortlisting in the awards, Louise Watson, Abbeymoor’s Registered Manager, said it felt “absolutely amazing.”

“Our colleagues have shown resilience and extreme dedication throughout the entirety of the pandemic and for this to be acknowledged externally is just fabulous!” added Louise.

“I cannot wait to share the good news with our team and of course the people we support.”

About Lifeways:

Lifeways delivers extraordinary support to people who live with diverse and complex needs.

Across the UK, our 1,500 services support almost 5,000 adults who live with physical disabilities, learning disabilities, autism, acquired brain injuries, and mental health conditions.

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