Joan wins top care award

Joan Fraser, care manager at Westerton Care Home ,  who won  an award  at the Scottish Care Awards in Glasgow recently.
Joan Fraser, care manager at Westerton Care Home , who won an award at the Scottish Care Awards in Glasgow recently.

Bearsden’s Westerton Care Home manager Joan Fraser has won the nutritional food section at this year’s prestigious Scottish Care Awards.

Joan was recognised as one of the leading care home employees in Scotland at a prestigious evening awards ceremony celebrating the best of the independent care home sector in Scotland.

She was nominated for the Nutrition and Eating Well Category and announced as the overall winner at a ceremony last Friday in the Hilton Hotel in Glasgow.

Joan was delighted to be recognised for all her hard work. She said: “I am very surprised but thrilled and honoured to have won such a prestigious award.”

Assistant manager, Adelaide Maynard, nominated Joan, and kitchen staff endorsed this.

Adelaide said: “Joan has worked closely with the kitchen in regard to changes in the food being prepared. Huge emphasis is placed on fortified foods and more nutritional food. She consulted with us and encouraged us to be adventurous and creative. There are few complaints, less waste and we know the residents are enjoying their food more.”

The Scottish Care National Care Home Conference, which is now in its 16th year and is sponsored by the Bank of Scotland, has incorporated an awards ceremony for the last 11 years.

The awards have been hailed a huge success in recognising individuals, teams and companies, with more entries than ever flooding in each year from employers and employees nominating their peers and colleagues.

The care awards followed a full day conference with speakers including Lord Sutherland of Houndwood, Honorary President of Scottish Care and Shona Robison, MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing & Sport.

The conference focus this year is on a vision for the future of care homes.

The Nutritional Award judges were Helen Davidson (Catering Strategy Dietitian at Southern General) & Alison Molyneux (Care Homes Dietitian).

The conference, exhibition and care awards are the largest of their kind for the care home sector in Scotland.

For more information visit www.scottishcare.org