Ded­i­ca­tion of Joan saluted by care home man­agers

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Martin Mere -

ALONG-TIME vol­un­teer at MHA Aughton Park in Orm­skirk has been recog­nised for her ded­i­ca­tion and years of ser­vice by the care home.

Elsie Joan Hayes – bet­ter known as Joan to those clos­est to her – sup­ports Aughton Park on a daily ba­sis and has done so for more than 14 years.

Joan is de­scribed as of­fer­ing ‘un­fal­ter­ing sup­port’ to the home in a num­ber of dif­fer­ent ways.

She has added to her role over the years and is in­volved in lots of as­pects of care home life in­clud­ing keep­ing res­i­dents’ com­pany, run­ning the weekly knit­ting club, es­cort­ing res­i­dents if they need to pop out, as well as sup­port­ing the wider care team with ad hoc ad­min tasks and monthly ar­chiv­ing.

Joan was also short­listed for Vol­un­teer of the Year in the MHA Os­car Awards.

Louise Cul­shaw, ad­min­is­tra­tor at MHA Aughton Park and the team mem­ber who nom­i­nated Joan for the award, said: “Joan has given 14 years of her life to sup­port­ing Aughton Park and although we tell her, we wanted to show her just how much she means to us.

“She is al­ways avail­able when­ever she is called upon morn­ing, noon or night [and] wants not only the best for the res­i­dents but for the staff to be the best they can be too.”

The MHA Os­car Awards were cre­ated by the care home provider to give ev­ery­one liv­ing, work­ing or vol­un­teer­ing at MHA the chance to ac­knowl­edge and cel­e­brate ex­cep­tional con­tri­bu­tions made by in­di­vid­u­als and teams to MHA’s on­go­ing suc­cess and the care of older peo­ple.

Aughton Park care home in Orm­skirk was ac­quired by MHA in 2002 and pro­vides residential and spe­cial­ist de­men­tia care for up to 45 older peo­ple.

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