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Local retirement homes on the medal podium

"We are thrilled to have won these awards as it means that residents and visitors are as happy with their homes as we are."

Christine Ashton, Executive Director of Housing

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Five older people’s housing schemes managed by emh homes and emh care & support have won medals at the East Midlands regional Elderly Accommodation Counsel (EAC) Awards 2019.

Prior Park in Ashby-de-la-Zouch and Oak Court in Blaby won Gold medals in their respective categories, while Vrudha Nivas in Loughborough won Silver, and Abington Lodge in Northampton and St Michael’s Court in Sutton-in-Ashfield won Bronze.

Now in their eighth year, the awards celebrate the best specialist housing for older people and aim to help shape the future of housing in later life. In the East Midlands, over 1500 residents, visitors, volunteers, and staff cast their votes between November and February for their favourite scheme. In total, 78 schemes managed by 23 providers were nominated.

Christine Ashton, Executive Director of Housing at emh homes, said: "We are thrilled to have won these awards as it means that residents and visitors are as happy with their homes as we are. With an ageing population it is now more important than ever that we get it right in providing specialist housing for later life."

John Galvin, Chief Executive of EAC, explained the importance of the awards: "Specialist housing for older people plays an enormously significant role in helping them stay independent for longer. The security, support and great communities have a positive impact on individuals and reduce the need for NHS services."

Doreen Makin, a resident of a Gold medal winning scheme, echoed the thoughts of many of the residents: "I feel very lucky to live here. Even if I won the Lottery I wouldn’t leave Prior Park."

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