CARE support worker Dee Keyworth has been named the Sheffcare Employee of the Year. Dee is a Care Support worker at Castelayn Residential Care Home at Gleadless. “Dee is an essential part of our team and one that we would find impossible to replace,” said Castelayn manager Jacqui Blaver “No matter what is asked of her, Dee will muck in with anything with a smile on her face.

“When our Dementia Unit was in the process of being created, Dee stripped the rooms down to the bare shell and once all the work was finished and the rooms decorated, she deep cleaned them all and then helped dress the rooms ensuring that they were all ready for when we opened. “Dee has a very bubbly personality and our residents all think that she is wonderful - she always has something to say that will put a smile on their face.”

The runner up was Kharon O’Brien, a Care Support worker at Sheffcare’s Paddock Hill home. “Kharon has dedicated her career to caring for people and has built up a wealth of knowledge, a knowledge which she shares with new and inexperienced carers to ensure that they, like her, deliver outstanding care where the needs of the resident are paramount,” said Paddock Hill manager Nick Iwanejko. “She is a powerful advocate for residents and will always champion best practices.

"Kharon is highly valued by the staff team and we all rest easily when she is working a night shift in the home. Paddock Hill wouldn't be the same without her!”

The pair received their accolades at a special lunch and presentation ceremony at the Royal Victoria Holiday Inn Hotel.

Sheffcare Chief Executive Belinda Black commented: “We know that every member of out team is special but once a year we like to spotlight those people who really do go that much further to make the lives of all our residents that bit more special.

“Dee and Kharon are shining examples of what the Sheffcare standard of care is all about.”


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