A grieving daughter has praised a care home and its nurses for the "wonderful" care they gave her late mother.

Dr Marian Coekin died on December 14, 2019, aged 86. The widow had been cared for by the carers and nurses on Hanover Unit at Elizabeth Lodge in Enfield since February 1, 2019.

Dr Coekin had been cared for a Blake Court sheltered housing complex in Newsholme Drive, Enfield, after her husband John died in June 2018.

She had moved to Elizabeth Lodge after falling acutely ill, and too immobile to be cared for at home, in January 2019.

Her daughter Rachel Chard said: “They were always incredibly welcoming and ready to help in any way needed. The home manager, the administrative staff, the nurses and the carers were outstanding in their service to us as well as to Mum.

"And when Mum was dying and I was there a great deal, the carers and nurses on Hanover Unit, where Mum was residing, were just wonderful, making sure that I was 'fed and watered' whether day or night time. They felt like family to me. They welcomed all family members kindly and never made us feel in the way when they needed to attend to Mum.

“The Hanover nurses and carers were the main source of day by day care. They should be paid much more and be appreciated much more for what they do for society! The care that Mum received at Elizabeth Lodge Care Home was wonderful and as a family we are deeply thankful for all those who worked incredibly hard to look after her and to enable her last days to be full of love and dignity.”

Ms Chard said Elizabeth Lodge provided her mother with everything she needed, including personal care, medical care, entertainment, company, kindness and spiritual care through regular small church services.

Elizabeth Lodge provides personalised residential, nursing and respite care for older people, as well as dementia care and compassionate end of life care. It is part of the organisation CareUK, one of the largest providers of residential care for older people in the UK.