An­gus woman named Scot­tish carer of year

RECOG­NI­TION: Carnoustie worker scoops top award for ded­i­ca­tion to job

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - JANET THOM­SON jath­om­[email protected]­courier.co.uk

An An­gus care home worker who goes “above and be­yond” the call of duty has been named Scot­tish carer of the year.

Natalie Driscoll, 41, picked up the top award at a glit­ter­ing awards cer­e­mony at the Hil­ton Ho­tel in Glas­gow.

It recog­nised her ded­i­ca­tion to the job, her in­ter­ac­tion with the res­i­dents she cares for and her sup­port for other mem­bers of staff at Brae­hill Lodge in Carnoustie.

Natalie has worked at the pri­vate­ly­owned care home for six years.

She said: “I still can’t believe I won this award, it is the first time some­one from the east of Scot­land has been nom­i­nated.

“It’s an amaz­ing feel­ing. To be a carer is not about the money it’s about the res­i­dents.

“You have got to love your job and I see ev­ery sin­gle res­i­dent here as my sec­ond fam­ily. You get to know them and love them.

“I don’t ex­pect any awards for what I do be­cause the ap­pre­ci­a­tion is re­ward enough for me. I’ve been here for six years and wouldn’t want to be any­where else.”

Natalie, from Carnoustie, started work­ing in the care pro­fes­sion when she vol­un­teered in a care home when she was 15. She worked in nurs­ing homes and at Ninewells Hos­pi­tal in Dundee be­fore run­ning her own busi­ness, the Tea Cad­die, in Carnoustie for 12 years.

The mother of three added: “I didn’t think I was go­ing to win the award – I am still in shock. It has all been over­whelm­ing.”

Natalie was nom­i­nated by her man­ager, Eve­lyn Roche, who praised her car­ing na­ture and the com­pas­sion she shows to­wards the 24 res­i­dents.

This is the first time she has nom­i­nated a mem­ber of staff for the Na­tional Care Home Awards run by Scot­tish Care.

Eve­lyn said: “Natalie has been a carer here since 2012 and is the most car­ing in­di­vid­ual.

“When I came here two years ago she helped me change the home around and put good prac­tice in place.

“She has taken on a lot of train­ing with en­thu­si­asm and has re­layed this train­ing back to the other staff.”

Natalie’s car­ing na­ture con­tin­ues out­side the home as she in­volves her­self with the res­i­dents.

Eve­lyn con­tin­ued: “She has res­i­dents to her house in the sum­mer for cream teas, she is al­ways buy­ing them stuff and never wants money.

“When peo­ple pass away rel­a­tives al­ways men­tion her name. She is just a spe­cial in­di­vid­ual and goes above and be­yond the call of duty.

“To win the carer of the year award – you can’t get any bet­ter than that.”

As well as Eve­lyn’s sub­mis­sion, Natalie was also rec­om­mended for the award by one of the care home res­i­dent’s fam­ily who sent in a ref­er­ence to Scot­tish Care ahead of the award cer­e­mony which was hosted by Michelle Mcmanus.

“You have got to love your job and I see ev­ery sin­gle res­i­dent here as my sec­ond fam­ily. You get to know them and love them. NATALIE DRISCOLL

Natalie Driscoll, who works at Brae­hill Lodge in Carnoustie, has been named Scot­tish Carer of the Year. The 41-year-old is pic­tured with res­i­dents Mar­garet Cherry and Mar­garet Soave. Pic­ture: Mhairi Ed­wards.

Pic­ture: Mhairi Ed­wards.

Natalie Driscoll picked up her award at a glit­ter­ing cer­e­mony in Glas­gow.

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