Carer and resident, gentleman and lady sat facing holding hands

A care worker who runs activities at a Coupar Angus care home has reached the finals of the Perthshire Chamber Business Star Awards, in the latest in a stream of nominations for Balhousie Care Group.

Patrycja Dwojak, Activities Coordinator at Balhousie Coupar Angus, has been nominated as Employee of the Year for her work providing meaningful and stimulating activities to residents.

Popular in the Perthshire home and a strong advocate for person-centred care, Patrycja is the second staff member from the home to receive an award nomination in the last week. Home Administrator Lorna Menzies is a finalist in the Scottish Care Awards in the Ancillary Worker category.

Balhousie Care Group has two finalists in the prestigious Scottish Care Awards, both of them from Perthshire. Orlando Aguilon, Deputy Home Manager at Balhousie Ruthven Towers in Auchterarder, is a finalist in the Nurse of the Year category. The leading care provider, with 26 facilities across six regions of Scotland, is also a finalist in two categories of the Courier Business Awards which take place this Saturday.

Balhousie Coupar Angus enjoyed national recognition earlier this year when it was voted as a Top 20 care home in Scotland by, a reviews-based website that scores care facilities on testimonials from relatives and residents.

Morag Shea, Home Manager at Balhousie Coupar Angus, said: “The whole home is thrilled to be recognised twice in a week for our amazing employees. Patrycja is so loved by our residents and appreciated by the care home team here, and Lorna is the backbone of the home. I honestly couldn’t do my job without them. We’re rooting for both of them.”

Both the Business Star Awards and Scottish Care Awards takes place next month.