Care, Compassion & Companionship

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Vanguard – Star Carer of the Month

We wish to congratulate our staff member, Emma Stephenson, who has been awarded the first Star Carer of the Month by the Vanguard Team.
Emma has been chosen from staff from 31 care homes and we are proud that one of our staff team is the first recipient.
Emma has been recognised for her diligence in working with residents to do the exercises that Vanguard team recommended for the residents on the “Forget Me not “ unit.

Employer of the Year 2014 Award !

Mr J Singh, from Calsa Care ltd, owners of Vicarage Court Care Home were honoured to be awarded “Employer of the Year 2014” by Wakefield College.

The award is for the innovative recruitment techniques used by the company and staff training and development. The Carehome has increased its staffing from 30 to 73 in 2014. Working closely with Wakefield College and Job Centre Plus, the care home was able to offer opportunity to local people to train and develop long term careers in Health & Social care.

“In 2015, we will have more opportunities for staff who wish to provide high quality long term residential and nursing care for local people in our district. ” stated Mr J Singh.

The Principal of Wakefield College, Sam Wright, presents the award to Mr J Singh at a glittery event at Wakefield Museum.

Employer of the Year 2014


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Excellent – Highest rating for The Old Vicarage Care Home

The Old Vicarage Residential Home in North Featherstone recently had an unannounced inspection from Care Quality Commission, the regulator for care services. It awarded the care home its highest rating of Excellent.              

The inspector was highly impressed by the hard work, dedication and high standards at the Old Vicarage care home. The report specifically mentions the quality of management, quality of staff, excellent facilities and high level of activities. Special mention was also given to how clean the care home is kept. 

This achievement is the latest recognition from a long line of awards. Wakefield Council awarded the home, 5 out of 5 stars, Excellent rating for it “scores on the doors scheme” from Environmental Health, earlier this year. The Department of Health recognises the care home as a “Dignity in Care Champion”. Last year the care home achieved a very high score when it renewed its Investors in People. It is now being considered for a Champion in People award. 

The care home has always maintained high standards with its goal as being the “best care home in West Yorkshire”. It has a warm welcoming environment and lives by its ethos of “care, compassion and companionship”. The home now offers day-care for all elderly residents, in addition to its specialist residential care for dementia. Next year it will be offering supported living and possibly nursing care.

Below are pictured from left to right, Claire Hennessey (deputy manager with 10 years experience), Linda Southall (Chef with 17 years experience), Jean Chilton (Care manager with 15 years experience) and Carol Askew (deputy manager with 12 years of experience). The majority of the staff have over 10 years care experience, with 32 staff looking after 30 residents. All of the staff have gained all of this experience while working at the Old Vicarage Care Home, which prides itself on the enjoyable family atmosphere at the home.

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