Barrow Residential Home Named Best in Britain for Dementia Care

A Barrow residential home has been named the top dementia care home in Britain.

Walney Island’s Combe House, a 40-bed dementia gold standard home – owned by Cumbria County Council – scooped the much-heralded prize at the National Dementia Care Awards held on Thursday night in Nottingham.

Combe House manager Hazel Whiteoak said: “I’m so proud of everyone at the home – they deserve every bit of praise. This is a brilliant achievement.

“We have a great team who give so much of their own time and effort to provide a quality service to people who deserve the best. The house itself is an environment designed to maintain as much independence for as long as possible.”

Cllr Beth Furneaux, Cumbria County Council’s Cabinet member for Adults and Local Services, said: “This is a real coup for Combe House and a reward for the tremendous work that goes at the home and I’m delighted for everyone there. This award is thoroughly deserved.”

“The quality of care flows throughout the home and starts and stops with the manager, Hazel – she’s a great influence on her team.”