Offaly public called upon to honour outstanding care in local nursing homes

Damian Moran

Reporter:

Damian Moran

The closing date for nominations for the Nursing Homes Ireland (NHI) Care Awards 2013, in association with Homecare Medical Supplies, is Friday July 19th. NHI is now calling upon you to recognise and honour excellent care being provided in your local nursing homes.

The closing date for nominations for the Nursing Homes Ireland (NHI) Care Awards 2013, in association with Homecare Medical Supplies, is Friday July 19th. NHI is now calling upon you to recognise and honour excellent care being provided in your local nursing homes.

The Awards, now running in their fourth year, will once again honour nursing home staff, residents and home themselves. Those interested in putting forward nominees are asked to visit www.nhicareawards.ie. This year’s awards ceremony will take place 7th November at Citywest Hotel, Co Dublin.

There are six private & voluntary nursing homes in Offaly providing essential care for 273 residents.

Nurses, carers, caterers and ancillary workers working in NHI member homes are honoured at the prestigious awards ceremony. Nursing homes are also recognised for community initiative and innovative practice in dementia care. The very special Resident Achievement Award recognises the contribution of residents to nursing home life.

The nine award categories are as follows:

* Director of Nursing/Person in Charge Award

* Registered Nurse of the Year Award

* Carer of the Year Award

* Social and Recreational Programme Award

* Catering and Nutrition Award

* Ancillary Worker Award

* Community Initiative Award

* Innovations in Dementia Care Award

* Resident Achievement Award

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Brendan McCormack, Chair of the All Ireland Gerontological Nurses Association and Professor of Nursing Research and Practice Development at the University of Ulster, is Chair of the Awards Judging Panel.

“The NHI Care Awards provide persons with an excellent opportunity to honour and recognise the outstanding care that is a daily feature of nursing homes in our local communities. This is my fourth year to lead the judging panel in the selection of the award winners and the experience is truly one to celebrate and make one proud of those working with older people in long-term residential care. The awards critically recognise innovation in nursing home care and nursing homes interaction with their local communities. They also honour those integral to nursing home life: the residents. I encourage persons who interact with staff of nursing homes, residents and homes themselves to embrace these awards and recognise excellence in nursing home life.”