The Close Care Home, Burcot, Oxfordshire is proud to announce it has been awarded the prestigious CARE HOME OF THE YEAR category in the National Care Awards 2020 in recognition of its outstanding service of care and inspirational leadership. The award was presented virtually on 25th November.

This latest accolade follows recent ground breaking milestones for the small family operated business. Earlier this year the Close Care Home was granted an Outstanding rating across all areas by the care regulator, The Care Quality Commission, and awarded “Best Individual Care Home or Care Community” at the Care Home Awards 2020.

Sanjay Dhrona Managing Director said: “We are beyond thrilled to be recognised as Care Home of the Year for 2020. During these challenging times we have continued in our commitment to go over and above to provide our residents with a safe and comfortable environment, and to have recognition from our industry peers in this landmark category reflects the hard work and dedication of the team. The team are The Close are a tight knit family who deliver the best care for our amazing residents and I am proud to call them colleagues and thank them for their amazing work!”

The judges felt “the overall standard was very high but their winner, The Close Care Home, is a standout service because of its journey from inadequate to outstanding in just five years. It embodies what a care organisation with inspirational leadership can achieve”.

About the Close Care Home:
Owned by the Dhrona family since 1989, Sanjay as MD arrived at the helm in 2015, after a very turbulent time that saw The Close, rated as inadequate with 2 warning notices. Since his arrival the Home has been on a meteoric and unprecedented rise to becoming the best Care Home in the UK today.  The Close is renowned for its caring approach and innovative processes. Sanjay speaks regularly to the industry about Diversity and inclusion as an out and proud LGBT and BAME individual.

About the Awards:
The National Care Awards is an annual event organised by Caring Times magazine, a management magazine for the social care sector. Caring Times reflects the opinions of the social care sector, focusing on news affecting the private, public and not-for-profit providers of nursing and residential care. The Awards were devised to celebrate the very best people in the long-term care sector, by highlighting excellence and rewarding those who work tirelessly to provide consistently outstanding care. There were 18 categories to enter overall and there were four or five finalists in each category. All finalists are reviewed by two independent judges for each category. For more information and all categories, please visit this link.