Dedication of Joan saluted by care home managers
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.