Liviu is named Carer of the Year 2017

Rendlesham Care Centre carer Liviu Crisan was named Carer of the Year 2017 at the 19th National Care Awards in November.

Well-liked by relatives, residents and colleagues alike the award represents a significant achievement as Liviu fought off stiff competition from across the country to be deservedly recognised.

Liviu, who has been working at Rendlesham Care Centre since 2014 gets to know every resident on an individual basis, often shops for them in his own time and is planning to take one elderly gentleman on holiday next year. All the families on the unit he works on look for him if there is something they need and he shows an abundance of patience and generosity of spirit with everyone he works with.

After receiving his award Liviu said: “I am delighted to win this award for doing a job which I truly love. I am learning all the time from the people around me, I care from the heart and am delighted to be able to make a difference to people’s lives.”

Located by Rendlesham Forest on the outskirts of the village, Rendlesham Care Centre offers residential, nursing and specialist dementia care for up to 60 elderly residents, in a peaceful location. Rendlesham Care Centre has also won two top awards this year at the Caring Homes Group Recognition Awards. The team was named as Best Dementia Care Team of the Year and centre manager Ruth Halls was awarded the prestigious Caring Homes Manager of the Year title.

Rendlesham Care Centre Manager Ruth Halls says that Liviu has been an invaluable source of support to her since she arrived at the home.

“Liviu is quite humbling to me as a manager,” she said. “It’s rare to come across someone who gives so much of themselves for little or no acknowledgement. It’s this selfless motivation which inspires me to continue to maintain and improve the home, to make it the best environment we can for the residents and the staff alike.”

The National Care Awards are the longest established Annual Awards and are organised by social care’s leading publication, Caring Times. The Awards are devised to celebrate the very best people in the long-term care sector, highlighting excellence and rewarding those who work tirelessly to provide consistently outstanding care. This year there were 18 categories overall. This is the second year running that a Caring Homes’ colleague has won the Carer of the Year award.

Caring Homes Group were also a shortlisted finalist in the category of ‘Care Home Group’. This award recognised companies able to evidence exceptional client care combined with excellent staff development and impressive financial results.