Carlingwark House on awards shortlist

Mandy Kennedy
Mandy Kennedy

Carlingwark House, a Castle Douglas care home, has been shortlisted in three categories at the Scottish Care Home Awards.

Carlingwark House supports 30 people who live with dementia and age-related needs. The home also provides day care opportunities to local people. It is part of national social care charity, Community Integrated Care.

Shirley McTier

Shirley McTier

The home has been recognised for the dedication of its management team, as well as the creativity of the activity programme it delivers.

Shirley McTeir, Home Manager of Carlingwark House in Castle Douglas, has been shortlisted for the Manager Award.

Shirley was one of the first adopters of Playlist for Life - an initiative where people with dementia can connect to memories through music.

She has also implemented an award-winning model of continence care and led her staff team to several award successes over the years.

She is joined by Activity Coordinator, Mandy Kennedy, who has been nominated for the Meaningful Activity and Innovative Practice Awards. Mandy has been commended by Scottish Care for creating exciting, person-centred activities that have enhanced the lives of people living with dementia.

This year, she has introduced innovative internet sessions and involved residents in creating stunning sensory gardens.

The Scottish Care Home Awards celebrate excellence in residential care and nursing home services across Scotland. The ceremony will take place on 18th November 2016 at the Hilton Hotel, Glasgow.

Shirley McTeir said: “I was so shocked to find out I’d been shortlisted for the Manager Award! It is a great honour.

“I am so thankful to work with such a passionate and dedicated team. It is a pleasure to support them in providing excellent care for the people at Carlingwark.”

Mandy Kennedy, Activities Coordinator for Carlingwark, said: “I am delighted to have been nominated for the Meaningful Activity and Innovative Practice awards.

“At Carlingwark House, we want the people we support to lead full and active lives, so being shortlisted in this category is a wonderful achievement. I’d like to thank the team, families and people we support, who have all helped develop our activity programmes with me.”

Community Integrated Care is one of Britain’s biggest care providers – supporting over 5000 people across England and Scotland.