Heart of Gold Awards 2016

Patricia Africa and Valentin Lenciu are nominated as this year’s Heart of Gold Ambassadors at Acorn Court Care Home.

Patricia and Valentin have won Heart of Gold Awards at a ceremony at the home on 14th November.

Patricia has worked as Head of Unit on the Acquired Brain Injury unit since July 2011. Valentine joined Acorn Court as part of the domestic team in September 2014 and showed such dedication and compassion he, transferred over to the care team in April 2015.

The awards seek to recognise employees for their dedication and commitment in providing high quality care and compassion to all the home’s residents.

Monica Prosser, manager of Acorn Court said: “Valentin is the hardest working, kindest, sweetest and most dedicated member of our team. Always there with a smile and loving hug. He genuinely goes above and beyond in every aspect of his role. He has a true heart of gold”.

Talking about Patricia, Monica said: “Pat has always gone above and beyond in her role whilst showing an abundance of sympathy and empathy not only to her residents and their families, but also to the staff team that she leads”.

Patricia was presented with a Tiffany Necklace and Valentin with an Emporio Armani watch to commemorate their success by Alnur Dhanani, Chairman of Carebase.

Nominations for the award came from residents and their relatives, co-workers, social workers and local health professionals. Patricia and Valentin were chosen from the list of nominations by a panel of previous Heart of Gold award winners from other homes in Acorn Court’s group.

Valentin said, “I am so happy to have received this award – it feels like a dream to be this year’s Heart of Gold Ambassador at Acorn Court.  Thank you to everybody in the home – I consider it my second home. All the residents and the team are my second family and I cannot thank them enough”.

Patricia said: “I feel truly honoured to be awarded this year’s Heart of Gold Ambassador and it’s a privilege to be part of the Acorn Court family.  My philosophy is based around the three ‘L’s’ – live, love and laugh – all of which I try to bring to the residents every day.  Thank you to Monica our home manager, for her inspiration and support and all the residents and team at the home– it is a pleasure to be here.”

Altogether there were 39 nominees for the award at Acorn Court and all nominees received a Heart of Gold lapel pin.

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