NHI Care Awards 2019 Winners
The NHI Nursing Home Director of Nursing / Person in Charge Award
Sponsored by Homecare Medical Supplies
Foxrock Nursing Home
Anna trained in Scotland as a R.G.N., D.N. and has a B.Sc. in Health Studies.
Anna has worked with Older Peoples Services in Scotland over the years both in an operational and Strategic capacity, she collaborated with Dementia Services Stirling, Commissioning Dementia Services for NHS Health Boards before moving to Ireland in 2007.
Anna continued her work with Older Peoples services in Leopardstown Park Hospital as Director of Nursing and Operations, and moved to Foxrock Nursing Home in 2010 as Director of Nursing.
In Foxrock Nursing Home Anna is passionate about her residents and staff and cultivates an environment of Person Centred Care, ensuring “one size doesn’t fit all”. Anna supports and encourages her dynamic team to go above and beyond normal boundaries to deliver high quality services, collaboratively, clinically and socially.
The NHI Nursing Home Registered Nurse of the Year Award
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Hamilton Park Care Facility
Susan previously worked as a CNM in The Mater Hospital in a busy AMSSU after completing her Nursing studies in Kingston University in 2002 with Distinction, she then completed an AMP in acute medicine with honors. She moved roles to ADON in Hamilton Park in 2016 into the busy Acquired Brain Injury Unit where she works tirelessly to ensure her residents get the full entitlements and benefits they so richly deserve. She developed the Care Mapping system to keep the disability services up to-speed on the residents care. Susan consistently gives up her free time to ensure her residents get to fulfill life goals. Susan is also the Complaints Officer and Infection Control Officer of Hamilton Park
The NHI Nursing Home Carer of the Year Award
Sponsored by AIB
Sunhill Nursing Home
Located in the village of Termonfeckin, Sunhill Nursing Home is a warm and friendly place not only to work but especially for our Residents. Team Lead Pauline Conlon is an exceptional Carer, ensuring that the ‘Baltray Unit’ is family and resident orientated. A calm and social atmosphere is evident on a daily basis.
Pauline advocates a person in centred care approach and has a pleasant and helpful manner. This is Pauline’s second year to be nominated for Carer of the Year. A testament to her exemplary care and dedication she has shown to her role in sunhill Nursing Home.
The NHI Nursing Home Social & Recreational Programme Award
Sponsored by Median Healthcare Services
Central Park Nursing Home
Rois is a caring and keen observer of life. Rois has studied CBT, NLP, SLP, Diplomas: Dementia Awareness, Counselling Skills Advanced, Activity Cert, and she continues to study all aspects of healthcare.
Rois believes that a nursing home is central to the community and promotes the core values of family and unity.
Rois encourages residents to maintain their independence and develops social inclusion programs that promotes wellbeing.
Rois took up the post of Activity Co Coordinator with Central Park in 2014 where she was promoted to Recreation Director in 2018. Rois leads a team of dedicated Activity Co Coordinators.
The NHI Nursing Home Excellence in Dining & Nutrition Award
Sponsored by Fresenius Kabi
Caroline has been employed as Head Chef at SignaCare Killerig since it opened in 2016. Caroline holds a Diploma in professional cookery which she obtained in Waterford institute of technology in 1999 and has worked in Nursing homes for the past 13 years. She has a great passion for Desserts and home baking.
Caroline has also completed level 5 Nutrition and Allergens Course, and continues to engage in professional development providing Residents and staff with Nutritious food suited to their dietary requirements, she also updates menus regularly with the residents input.
The NHI Nursing Home Ancillary Worker Award
Sponsored by JPA Brenson Lawlor
Portiuncula Nursing Home
Starting with the company nineteen years ago, Geraldine moved to Portiuncula Nursing Home in 2012 and continues to be the ‘go to’ person today. As Administrator, she is the backbone of the home, the welcoming face and everyone’s support – residents, relatives and staff.
For residents, Geraldine coordinates a seamless admission with the personal touch. Advocate and friend, she instinctively knows when tea and a comforting chat is required. For families, Geraldine answers any question and is a calming influence in difficult times. And for staff, she supports and encourages, giving them confidence and motivation to be the best they can.
The NHI Nursing Home Community Initiative Award
Sponsored by Bank of Ireland
David Wallace & Grandpal Team
Elm Hall Nursing Home
The Grandpal Team at Elm Hall Nursing Home is made up of our amazing volunteers Ellen, Marie, Marian, Yvonne, Colette, Avril, Vincent, Cathy, Eilish, Lynne and Aileen supported and co-ordinated by David (our Director of Nursing) and Brian from Grandpal. The team have so far delivered over 300 hours of 1 to 1 social visits with a range of activities from football to aromatherapy to the residents at Elm Hall. Grandpal has mobilised and supported our team of community volunteers to enhance the lives of residents and in turn they have made lasting inter-generational friendships. We’re now continuing on to recruit more Grandpals and change more lives together.
The NHI Nursing Home Excellence in Dementia Care Award
Sponsored by BDO
Sinead Gilligan, Gordon & Derek Glynn
Kiltormer Nursing Home
Sinead Gilligan is employed with Kiltormer Nursing Home and has 9 years experience as a Care Assistant. Sinead is the Activities Co Ordinator and is qualified as a Sonas Practitioner , Manual/Patient Handling Instructor and also a fire safety trainer.
Gordon Glynn is the manager of the family run Centre for the last 13 years. Gordon previously worked in banking for 10 years and finished up to help run the family business with his brother Derek.
Derek Glynn is the Director of Nursing and staff nurse of the family run Centre for the last 13 years. Derek previously worked as a psychiatric nurse in Dublin for 15 years.
The NHI Nursing Home End of Life Care Award
Sponsored by The Irish Hospice Foundation
Siobhan Carroll & Ceol Team
Sunhill Nursing Home
Led by Siobhan Carroll clinical nurse manager who joined sunhill as staff nurse since 2010 and members of the care, activity and household team we strive to achieve excellence in EOL to our residents as they near the end of their journey in this life.
To ensuring our residents EOL wishes are respected, we support them and their families in this journey. Siobhan liaises with the GP and palliative team to ensure a peaceful passage from this life happens.
Sunhill joined A journey of change in 2015 and now has 12 members in our CEOL team who hold regular meetings and review meetings following the passing of a resident.
The NHI Nursing Home Resident Achievement Award
Portiuncula Nursing Home
Local man, Sean Cassidy, moved into Portiuncula Nursing Home, Multyfarnham, Westmeath in 2013. In his own words ‘it saved my life coming here’. Physically and mentally, Sean has overcome his demons with the help of nursing home staff who he can’t praise enough.
Sean has made his own community in the nursing home and he involves himself as much as he can. He is involved in making and selling crafts, he is an advocate for the other residents, helps new residents adapt, and organises events and trips out. He has made a real success of life in the nursing home.