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Blakeney Lodge a community award finalist

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Tumut’s Blakeney Lodge has been recognized as one of the state’s high achievers at the annual NSW/ACT Regional Achievement and Community Awards Presentation Gala in Orange on Friday November 16.

Blakeney Lodge was a strong contender for the prestigious Prime Super Employer Excellence in Aged Care for the second year in a row, coming in a close finalist. Though Mackellar Care Services of Gunnedah took out the title, the contributions of Blakeney Lodge were celebrated as the Hon. Paul Toole MP presented the local provider as a worthy nominee. Sharon Hesse, manager of a Catholic Healthcare sister facility in Orange, received the award on Blakeney Lodge’s behalf.

The award is one of the annual NSW/ ACT Regional Achievement and Community Awards that encourage, acknowledge and reward the valuable contributions of individuals, communities and businesses throughout regional and rural NSW and the ACT. Residential Care Manager of Blakeney Lodge Kerry Kelly said that the facility is a very healthy workplace and that is reflected in the care given to residents.

“We’re very lucky in the uniqueness of our staff, they are truly compassionate and focused on people,” Ms Kelly said. “I also think the support of Catholic Healthcare really makes a difference. They are a company that really work their values, their staff are definitely a priority and it shows in the community.”

The not-for-profit aged care facility boasts a caring and patient team of expert staff, and offers residents opportunities to develop a garden, grow vegetables and care for the Lodge’s animals.
Blakeney Lodge prides itself on attention to detail, rapport between staff and residents and quality of service as they strive to assist residents while maintaining their independence.

With Australia’s aging population the care and services provided by Blakeney Lodge are increasingly important. In being nominated for this award, the positive difference they make in the aged care industry, their provision of quality services, and their focus on engagement, wellbeing, learning opportunities and development was recognized and rewarded.

“We just go from day to day caring for our residents, we don’t really go looking for accolades but it is nice to know that people see what you do,” Ms Kelly said.