Name: Sister Josephine and the staff at St Annes Nursing Home
Where: London, UK
What she does: Elderly care home worker
Impact: Improves the lives of elderly people, treating them with dignity and kindness
Nominated by: Maire Messenger Davies
I would like to nominate the Little Sisters of the Poor and their staff, who run the St Annes Nursing Home for the elderly, in Stoke Newington, London N16.
At a time when care homes for the elderly are seen as a source of scandal and neglect, this place shines like a beacon. My 92 year old mother, who suffers from dementia, is looked after there. The place is new, beautiful, clean and calm; the food is excellent and beautifully served. My mother always looks attractive and well cared for. The particular carers who look after her, Sister Jacinta, and the lay staff Geraldine and Agnieszka, could not be kinder. The people who prepare and serve the meals are dedicated – the chef always comes round at lunchtime to see how people are enjoying their food. The cleaners, too, share the same kind spirit as do the volunteers in the reception area and in the little shops. Mum has been there for two years and is in a better state now than she has been for a while, despite her memory loss and immobility. These people have obviously found the secret of treating the elderly with dignity and kindness – it should be more widely acknowledged and copied.