Honour inspirational nursing home residents & staff


Nursing Homes Week 2014 concludes with call to wider public to recognise excellent care & inspiring residents via NHI Care Awards 2014

22nd June 2014

Nursing Homes Week 2014 celebrations are concluding across the country today and Nursing Homes Ireland (NHI) finished the week by issuing a rallying call for families, visitors to nursing homes and the wider public to recognise and celebrate nursing home residents and those providing care within such settings.


NHI is concluding Nursing Homes Week 2014 – celebrating the positivity of nursing home care – by launching the NHI Care Awards 2014 in association with Homecare Medical Supplies. Now in their fifth year, the NHI Care Awards are the premier national celebration of nursing home care and recognise and honour outstanding care and excellence.


The award categories, which can be viewed at www.nhicareawards.ie, reflect the diversity and many facets of nursing home life, honouring not only outstanding staff, but also significantly resident contribution to nursing home life, integration with community and dementia care.


The 2013 Resident Achievement Award Winner, Mr Tommy Mulvaney, a resident of Millbury Nursing Home, Co Meath, serves as an inspiration to people associated with the sector and wider beyond. Tommy suffered a stroke that left him with severe right side body weakness and unable to express himself verbally. During his four years living in Millbury, Tommy has shown remarkable fortitude and taken charge of his disability. A remarkable previously undiscovered and unbeknownst talent for art has emerged and Tommy staged his second public exhibition of paintings in April. “Of course moving into a nursing home is not an easy decision and can be quite worrying for people,” Lucy Flynn-Grillet, Provider of Care at Millbury explains. “Tommy took charge of his disability and discovered a new passion which allows him have a new joy in his life once more. Tommy’s story shows how a person who is physically impaired can create a whole new life in the comfort of a safe, secure and caring environment. His story can inspire others and encourages people to not only see the potential in others but to see their own potential.” Tommy’s inspirational story can be read at www.nhicareawards.ie


Tadhg Daly, NHI CEO stated: “This past week nursing homes across the country have held a fantastic array of events and activities to celebrate the positivity of nursing home life and care. The inspirational people who live in nursing homes and the people working within them who provide excellent, dedicated care that enhances quality of life of older persons deserve a national platform for celebration, recognition and honour. These awards provide such a platform and I’d encourage people who observe, appreciate and valuethe excellent care that is a daily feature of nursing homes to nominate for the NHI Care Awards 2014.”  


A series of novel and traditional celebrations were staged by nursing homes as part of Nursing Homes Week 2014 celebrations. Celebrations included a Rio Beach Party, X Factor Competition, Mad Hatter Tea Party, Phantom of the Opera Ball, Casino Day, Fashion Show, family days, garden parties, barbeques, music and dance, arts and crafts, reminiscence sessions, poetry, activity days.


Tadhg added: “Thank you to all residents, staff and visitors to nursing homes who participated. It was a resounding success. It is important we celebrate the very positive role our sector is playing in providing care in a ‘home from home’ to over 20,000 people in Irish communities. The NHI Care Awards provide excellent opportunity in this respect.”


Tadhg Daly, NHI CEO, is available for further interview. Pictures of Resident Achievement Award Winner Tommy Mulvaney & Nursing Homes Week 2014 celebrations are available. Contact Glen McGahern, Q4 PR, at 086 1940057. 


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