The NHI Nursing Home Excellence in Dementia Care Award
This award is open to all NHI registered nursing homes. The award is established to acknowledge and celebrate persons living with dementia and the excellent care that they receive in Irish nursing homes. Person-centred dementia care has become the accepted norm for excellence in dementia care internationally. However how this happens in reality is a major challenge as in order to deliver person-centred dementia care, there is a need to create person-centred cultures that are innovative, collaborative, inclusive and participative. There are many ways of achieving this, but the outcome is always the same – the resident, their family and staff who work in the nursing home being treated with dignity and respect and feeling good as ‘persons’. Many nursing homes are leading the way in developing new models of practice, challenging existing practices and eroding dominant stereotypes in dementia care. We want to celebrate these.
Candidates for this award should be selected on the basis that they have achieved significant success in introducing a new initiative in person-centred dementia care. The initiative can be of any kind, as long as it demonstrates the ‘breaking away’ from established and accepted ways of practicing and delivering services to people who have a dementia and their families.
How to Apply
Fill out the application form and complete the award proforma. Examples could include, establishing a new service model; spearheading new design features of the built environment; implementing evidence from research that challenges existing practices/services; reducing the use of prescription medicines or restraint/ restrictive practices; collaboration with the community or other organisations/services or a totally new approach to how the nursing home operates day to day in order to deliver more person-centred dementia care.
To be eligible for this award, the candidate needs to:
1. Be nominated by a family member, friend, member of the local community, member of the nursing home team, Person in Charge or Registered Provider
2. Nomination to be supported by Person in Charge or Registered Provider
Note: This Award is only open to NHI registered Nursing Homes