Christina Guy, a carer at Bluebird Care Swindon, has been named as the ‘Domiciliary Carer of the Year’ in the Swindon and Wiltshire Health and Social Care Awards.
Christina secured the award in recognition for her outstanding dedication to her customers during the COVID-19 pandemic. During the first lockdown, Christina shut down the area that she works to ensure that she was the only carer visiting her customers. This meant that those she visited were as safe as possible from the virus and, by choice, worked seven days a week for over six months to ensure they all received continual exceptional care.
During this time, Christina supported her customers with different tasks, such as shopping or picking up medication when friends or family were either unable to leave their house or unable to visit. She also took books and DVDs to customers to make sure that they were kept entertained at a time when people couldn’t visit, and libraries and other local entertainment venues were closed.
As a result of her efforts, not one of Christina’s customers were affected by COVID-19, having all received safe and industry-leading care throughout this period.
Christina was nominated for the award by two of her customers as well as the Bluebird Care Swindon office. Reflecting on her heroic efforts, a child of one of her customers said that during the last year Christina had “gone above and beyond to ensure the safety” of their 101-year-old mother.
Christina said: “It’s safe to say I was very shocked to have won the Domiciliary Carer of the Year award and feel very privileged to have done so. I couldn’t have done what I did without a fabulous support network, including my family, friends and the Bluebird Care Swindon team. All of these people supported me throughout the pandemic so I could focus on supporting my customers.
“I did what I thought was right for the people I care for, however, the customers and families also sacrificed throughout this time to allow us to bubble as we did and I would like to thank them for this. I feel so lucky to have had the chance to do my bit and help people where I could.
“I would like to congratulate all of the nominees in the Swindon and Wiltshire Health and Social Care awards – in my opinion we are all winners.”