Hightown staff from two care and support schemes in High Wycombe are delighted to have been shortlisted for a sustainability award in the annual Buckinghamshire Dignity in Care Awards, the award ceremony for which will take place on 2nd May 2018.

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The teams from Ashley Drive and Cressex Road will shortly appear in a video campaign on Buckinghamshire County Council’s website where they will talk about how they promote dignity and choice for adults with disabilities. Members of the public will be invited to vote to decide the final winner. 

Ashley Drive is a purpose-built home with staff providing care and support for six adults with profound learning and physical disabilities. Staff in nearby, Cressex Road, also provide dedicated support for individuals with complex needs.

The staff at Ashley Drive helped Janice Hurrell’s daughter to eat proper meals again rather than through a tube. She said:

“At one stage my daughter was 5.5 stone and now she’s 9 stone. It’s a delight to see her eating again. I think her quality of life is better now and she’s got a more normal life. People with Rhett’s Syndrome and epilepsy don’t normally go from PEG feeding back to solid food. We’re defying the prognosis! ”

Cressex Road teamTheresa, the sister of a Cressex Road resident who has Downs Syndrome and dementia, said of the staff team:

“The team have shown nothing but respect and care for my brother. The team has really gone the extra mile. Some services would have said – ‘his needs are too great’ or ‘ he should move to a nursing home’. This team has recognized that this is his home, that the other people who live there know him well (and ask about him); that this is the best place for him to be. So they have made it happen.”

The Buckinghamshire Dignity in Care Awards were created to celebrate outstanding examples of how respect and dignity are demonstrated across the county.

David Black, Head of Care and Supported Services at Hightown Housing Association said:
“We are delighted that our staff at Ashley Drive and Cressex Road have been recognised by the Buckinghamshire Dignity in Care Awards for their tireless hard work and highly personalised care. We’re keeping our fingers crossed for all of our nominees and would also like to thank them for the vital job that they do.”

The Hightown teams were shortlisted for the support that goes above and beyond for service users in a way that promotes dignity, respect and well-being. Staff at both schemes pride themselves in working closely with residents and their families to create personalised care plans and offering one-to-one care that takes into account both the needs and the wishes of service users.

Click here to view the video and vote for the Hightown teams at Ashley Drive and Cressex Road.