Top Award For Pembrokeshire Nursing Home Owner

A Pembrokeshire nursing home owner has won a top award for her 40-year contribution to the care of the elderly and vulnerable in south west Wales.

Maureen Ruskin has been rewarded with a Gold Award in the category for outstanding service in the Wales Care Awards. The presentation was made at City Hall, Cardiff, to which Maureen returned from her holiday home in Cyprus following her recent retirement.

She opened the 21-bed Ridgeway Residential Home for the Elderly in Llawhaden in 1983, and then the Woodfield Home in Narberth in 1987.

She was nominated for the award by Ridgeway’s administrator, Yvonne Davies, who said she had helped fulfil the lives of residents, staff and the local community.

Care Forum Wales is a not-for-profit organisation representing all independent sector providers of health and social care services for adults and children throughouot Wales.

Chief executive Mario Kerft said there was record number of nominations, and the standard was very high.

He added: “Our aim is to demonstrate that the dedicated and skilled workforce in the care sector are valued and appreciated, This awards ceremony is our opportunity to pay tribute to and celebrate the talent and commitment that is improving the quality of life for thousands and thousands of people throughout Wales.”