Clare finalist celebrates success at National Care Awards!
DATE December 29th 2012
A Co Clare finalist is celebrating after enjoying success at the Nursing Homes Ireland Care Awards 2012, in association with Homecare Medical Supplies. Frances Neilan of Carrigoran House Nursing Home, Newmarket-on-Fergus, accepted the award on behalf of Carrigoran House in the Nursing Homes Ireland Community Initiative Award.
Carrigoran House was one of three Co Clare Finalists to go forward to the prestigious national awards ceremony that took place in Citywest Hotel, Co Dublin, last Thursday, 15th November. Jackie Flynn, Lakes Nursing Home, and Carmel O’Flaherty, Kilrush Nursing Home, proudly represented Co Clare and their respective nursing homes in the NHI Care Awards 2012 Social and Recreational Award Category.
‘On behalf of all at Carrigoran House I wish to express our deep gratitude to NHI and the judging panel for recognizing the significant contribution Carrigoran House has made to the community of Newmarket on Fergus and surrounding communities over the past 38 years.
Carrigoran House has a long tradition of working with the local community and responding to the needs of local groups requiring space and access for their group activities. Carrigoran House will continue this flourishing relationship into the future and this award is gratefully appreciated’.
Carrigoran House was one of eight award winners on the night and the Co Clare representatives were three of 24 finalists. To reach the final 24 was a magnificent achievement, as 300+ nominations were submitted from communities across Ireland for the NHI Care Awards 2012.
Frances Neilan was presented with the award on behalf of Carrigoran House in front of a crowd of 400+ nursing home and healthcare representatives. RTE presenter Marty Whelan hosted the event and those attending travelled from communities across Ireland.
Tadhg Daly, Nursing Homes Ireland Chief Executive Officer extended his congratulations to Frances: “I want to take this opportunity to congratulate Carrigoran House on the excellent achievement in winning the NHI Care Awards 2012 Nursing Home Community Initiative Award. Nursing homes don’t exist in isolation, but instead are a part of local communities. This award is established to celebrate the contribution that nursing homes make to the local community. Nursing homes from across Ireland were nominated for the award so the achievement of all at Carrigoran House is one to be immensely proud of. Nursing homes will continue to grow and develop with their local communities and Carrigoran House is leading the way in integrating with their local community.”
The Nursing Home Community Initiative Award is open to all NHI registered nursing homes. The award is established to celebrate the contribution that nursing homes make to the local community. Nursing homes don’t exist in isolation, but instead are a part of local communities. Many nursing homes play a significant role in their local communities and indeed, enable many older people/people with disabilities to remain connected with their local community. In addition many Nursing Homes have active volunteers from their local community.
Nominees were sought for nine award categories (listed below). The winner of the Nursing Home Resident Achievement Award was named prior to the awards ceremony.
- · Nursing Home Director of Nursing/Person in Charge Award
- · Nursing Home Registered Nurse of the Year Award
- · Nursing Home Carer of the Year Award
- · Nursing Home Social & Recreational Award
- · Nursing Home Catering and Nutrition Award
- · Nursing Home Ancillary Worker Award
- · Nursing Home Community Initiative Award
- · Nursing Home Innovation Award
- · Nursing Home Resident Achievement Award
The plaque is displayed at the entrance with the following notice;
This award belongs to; staff, residents, volunteers, families and visitors who contribute on a daily basis to enabling Carrigoran House to maintain a flourishing and nurturing relationship with the local community.
Carrigoran House was honoured to achieve the 2012 Nursing Home Community Initiative Award at the National NHI Care Awards. Nursing homes don’t exist in isolation, but instead are a part of local community. The award is recognition of the long tradition Carrigoran House has of working with the local community and the continuous support received from the people in the local community and the ability of Carrigoran House to respond to the needs of local groups requiring space and access for their group activities. This tradition of community integration has spanned the past 38 years and Carrigoran House will continue this flourishing relationship into the future.
There were twelve staff from ‘Employee of the Month’ category representing Carrigoran House entered for the category ‘Employee of the Year 2012’ . The winner ‘Pat McGuinness’ the maintenance supervisor is a long standing member of staff in Carriogoran House for the past 28years.