Nursing Homes Week 2018 celebrations to begin in 200+ nursing homes across the country

 

Nursing Homes Ireland ‘Reel Memories’ initiative with Irish Film Institute to bring classic films to thousands of nursing home residents

 

Over 200 nursing homes with 12,000+ residents across Ireland are to celebrate the importance of nursing home care as part of Nursing Homes Week 2018, it has been announced.

 

Running from Monday 18th to Sunday 24th June, residents, their family and friends, staff and wider communities will gather to participate in special events and celebrations to mark the week. Nursing Homes Ireland is also to partner the Irish Film Institute (IFI) for a very special and unique initiative that will bring Irish films dating as far back as the 1930s to residents in nursing homes as part of the week.

 

‘Reel Memories’ will see residents in their 80’s, 90’s and centenarians enjoy very special trips into the Ireland of old, with a selection of gems from the IFI Irish Film Archive’s Bord Fáilte, Department of Foreign Affairs, and Irish Adverts Project collections to be made available within nursing homes during Nursing Homes Week. Residents will gather to watch the films and be brought back decades to bygone eras that will hold a very special resonance for them. Nursing homes will host special screenings of the films, with cinema-style events to bring residents, their families and friends, and staff together through the powerful medium of film. Further detail re the initiative is available here.

 

Speaking regarding Nursing Homes Week, Tadhg Daly, NHI CEO, stated: “The huge qualities of nursing home care, with tremendous devotion offered by staff, deserves national celebration and recognition. Nursing Homes Week provides us with an opportunity to celebrate the positivity of nursing home care and the wonderful people within our nursing homes: residents and the very special staff. Residents are truly remarkable people who bring tremendous knowledge, wisdom, inspiration and happiness to the lives of those around them.  The dedicated staff in our nursing homes excel in meeting the care needs of residents entrusted in their care, and day-by-day enhance the lives of the thousands of people who require the round-the-clock, specialist care provided by nursing homes. We wish all those participating in the celebrations a very enjoyable time.”

 

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For further information contact Michael McGlynn, NHI Communications & Research Executive at 01 4699806 or 087 9082970. Pictures from the launch of the Reel Memories Initiative by Declan Monaghan Photography will be issued to picture desks.

 

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