Sarah Vincent: finalist in the Homecare Manager of the Year category
Care at Home’s role as a leading provider of live-in care for the elderly has been recognised at the 2013 Great British Care Awards. The award ceremony for the Eastern Region was held at the Peterborough Arena on 25th October. We are delighted to report that Care at Home’s Registered Manager, Sarah Vincent, was runner-up for the Home Care Manager of the Year Award. Sarah was one of 5 finalists from a field of several hundred eligible homecare managers and Care at Home were the only live-in care specialists to qualify for the final.
Among Sarah’s other qualities, the judging panel were impressed that she had passed her City & Guilds Diploma in Leadership and Management (which normally takes students a minimum of 3 years) in just 18 months, whilst working full-time as Registered Manager for a busy care provider. Prior to joining Care at Home in 2009, Sarah had previously worked as a senior carer for a local visiting care agency and before that as a care assistant in a care home.
Live-in care at home – the preferred option for most elderly people
With her first-hand experience of all the main branches of social care, Sarah has the experience to judge which type of care is the most popular with the elderly themselves. “Having seen at first hand all types of care for the elderly, I can safely say that most people are happiest if they can stay in their own home. When it comes to care options for the elderly, care at home generally works best.”
A gifted and committed Care Manager
Her manager, John Towers, said: “From the first day that Sarah joined us as a Care Assessor in September, 2009, we knew she was destined for management. As well as being dynamic and organised, Sarah is a great listener and possesses maturity and insight well beyond her years. Most importantly of all she has a genuine passion for what she does and we count ourselves lucky that she has chosen to build her career with Care at Home.”
A care home is not the only option
“Care for the elderly has never been seen as a glamorous sector to work in, so we are delighted that trailblazers such as Sarah are finally receiving the public recognition they deserve. Furthermore, in a society where most older people believe their only option in their later years will be to move to a residential care home, it is important we educate people to realise that a care home is just one option.
Spreading the message of live-in care
Given the opportunity, we believe that many older people would prefer to continue living in their own home. We at Care at Home enjoy enabling people to have their wishes respected. Nevertheless, with so many people not even aware that they can receive full-time care in their own home, we need to work even harder to get our message across to a wider audience.