A CARE home worker in Alveston has received royal recognition for his dedication to residents during the pandemic
Aby Joseph, who works at Alveston Leys Bupa Care Home, was awarded an honorary British Empire Medal after he voluntarily moved into the home to provide round-the-clock support.
The 35-year-old also helped residents stay connected with their families, reassuring them that their loved one was safe and well in the home.
Manager Nicola French said: “At only 35, Aby shows skill, compassion and empathy that would take people a lifetime to learn. He is a shining example of someone who genuinely has others’ best interests at heart.
“The past year has been exceptionally challenging, and I can’t imagine where we’d be without him. Aby is exceptional in the care he provides to all those around him, and we are all delighted that Aby has received royal recognition, by way of a British Empire Medal.”
Aby’s kindness also extended to colleagues. When a nurse at the home who had no family in the UK was hospitalised with Covid-19, Aby became his key contact and safely supported him with shopping and meals, and checked on his wellbeing and recovery.
The residents are also delighted he won the award.
John Bellinger commented: “The dedicated hard work Aby has put in is hugely appreciated. I was very well looked after when I had Covid-19, so many congratulations to Aby for receiving this award.”
The home will be holding a presentation ceremony for Aby in December, for the official presentation of the medal.