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Kingfishers Restaurant shortlisted for prestigious care award

Kingfishers Restaurant has been shortlisted for the prestigious, Great British Care Award. The restaurant, in Cross Keys Homes’ Kingfisher Court, is into the final five in the Putting People First category.

The Restaurant has been recognised for the standard of its service and the care shown to customers by the catering staff, who always have time for that personal touch, no matter how busy they are.

The Restaurant provides meals for residents of Kingfisher Court as well as being open to the community. The team are dementia trained and the facility is designed to cater for those for whom eating in a mainstream restaurant can be daunting and uncomfortable.

As a result of the personal service offered by staff, many residents have transformed since moving in.  People who were previously isolated enjoy the social aspect of the restaurant, and those residents whose eating habits may have been poor living alone, are enjoying delicious, nutritionally balanced meals again. The restaurant staff accommodate individual needs and diets, and as a result, many residents have become healthier, as their nutrition is taken care of.

The restaurant also supports local jobs for local people, recruiting Catering Assistants through the CKH Academy.

Gerardine Church, Court Manager at Kingfisher Court says, “I am immensely proud of the team at Kingfishers. The restaurant has only been up and running for a little over a year, and in that time the staff have bonded into a really close team, supporting each other and their customers. The restaurant has also become a key part of the local community, offering local people a place to eat and socialise.”