Annie Sinnott: the embodiment of all that is best in social care
By Caring Times editor Geoff Hodgson
Every so often we come across somebody who personifies what they do – the perfect teacher, the archetypal minister of religion, the unmistakeable man, or woman, of the land, even (stretching a point for the sake of alliteration) the quintessential quantity surveyor.
To my mind Annie Sinnott, who sadly died last week, was the embodiment of all that is desirable in a care home operator. A former district nurse and midwife, Annie and her husband Ian opened the Old Vicarage care home in Leigh, Dorset in 1984 and Annie quickly became one of the social care community’s leading lights.
Annie was the exemplar of all a care home operator should be: totally committed to and engaged with her residents, a natural leader and example to her staff (she had a real bee in her bonnet about staff development and training) and an articulate ambassador to the wider community. The award of an MBE in 2007 was a well-deserved recognition of her contribution to social care.
Annie had a knack of looking for and bringing out the best in everyone she came into contact with. She also had a great sense of fun. A consummate communicator, I’m sure Annie would have excelled in whatever walk of life she had chosen. We are lucky that Annie chose social care.
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