A Bristol based, family run care home business has been shortlisted for six awards, at the Care & Support West Awards, a regional award programme celebrating achievement in the local care industry.

AbleCare was set up in 1983 and now has six professionally-run care homes in Bristol and the local area. All of AbleCare’s units receive consistently good ratings from the Care Quality Commission and other inspectorate bodies such as Environmental Health.

The business is celebrating another award win earlier this month, as 2014 Care & Support West Awards winner, Teresa Silverthorne, was named a finalist in the Care Home Manager category at the Great British Care Awards after winning the South West Regional Final. Teresa from Hengrove has worked at Hengrove Lodge Care Home for over 20 years where she has been Manager for the last 8 years, she was praised for her dedicated, passion and commitment to her staff, service users and their families, ensuring an excellent quality of life is outstanding.

There are over 500 home care and care home providers in the four ex-Avon local authorities (Bath, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire) providing support to thousands people a year. Care and Support West is the leading membership organisation providing business advice and support in partnership with a wide range of statutory agencies who share the same commitment to quality, choice and value.

Sam Hawker, owner of AbleCare and member of Care & Support West said; “We are so pleased to have received this recognition for the work we do. There is so much negative publicity in our sector but all this fantastic work being done by people every day we’re delighted to play a little part in it.”

AbleCare has two finalists in the Care Home Registered Manager category Kim Thomas and Maxine Cope, Susan Grace has been nominated for Ancillary Support Frontline, Gabrielle Sheard for Care Home Frontline, Gabrielle and Joanne Sheard for Quality Dementia Care and the whole Frenchay House Team – Outstanding Contribution to Health & Social Care.

David Smallacombe, chief executive of Care & Support West, “In a highly regulated sector too much emphasis is placed on what goes wrong rather than what goes right. Every day there are people like Teresa making a huge difference to the quality of life of older and more vulnerable people. It was wonderful to see one of our members receive national recognition and we are excited about this year’s lineup of award finalists as we seek to recognise, reward and celebrate the outstanding work and contributions people make.”

The awards ceremony takes place on July 9th at Bath Racecourse. Some sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information please visit www.careandsupportwest.com