Inspirational Budleigh care home worker Dave scoops award

A care home worker in Budleigh Salterton has scooped an award for going above and beyond for its residents.

Dave Gearing, who has worked at The Firs Residential Home, in West Hill, for just 15 months, has been recognised by the scheme which celebrates personalised and proactive healthcare.

The Outstanding Person–centred Care Award is part of an initiative run by Devon County Council, the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust and the Woodbury, Exmouth and Budleigh Primary Care Network.

Dave was awarded a prize donated by a number of local businesses that have supported the project to thank the workers who take care of local care home residents.

Runners-up were Kat Irwin, Tracey Whittaker and Tony Clark from Linksway Nursing Home and Zoe Spencer from Halsdown Residential Home.

The Firs Residential Home manager Nicola Shayler said: “Dave joined The Firs as a member of our maintenance team and he soon realised that there was more to working in a care home than just making it a safe environment – fulfilling the lives of those living with dementia quickly became an important part of his role.

“Dave demonstrated a unique passion for, and proactive approach to, his role; he always seeks to make the life of every individual better by ensuring quality of care and support, which in turn enables people to reach their desired outcomes.  May Dave be an inspiration to other maintenance roles throughout the care industry!”

Cllr James McInnes, Devon County Council cabinet member for adult social care, added: “We had a number of brilliant nominations – which reflects the huge number of incredible care home and we’re really looking forward to the next set of awards.

“I’d like to thank everyone who’s been involved with and supported this very worthwhile project.”

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