The NHI Care Awards 2012,
in Association with Homecare Medical Supplies,
Celebrating Excellence in Care

Congratulations to the Finalists in the 2012 NHI Care Awards

Please note that finalists are listed in no particular order and have been sorted alphabetically by surname.

Director of Nursing/Person in Charge Award - Sponsored by Homecare Medical Supplies
Sinead Beirne
Annabeg Nursing Home
Sinead qualified as a registered general Nurse in 1995 from St. Vincent’s Hospital, Dublin and was one of a select few re-employed by St. Vincent’s to work in the Oncology Unit where she spent four years. Having completed a Diploma in Management Studies Sinead went on to take up Director of Nursing roles in Cork and Dublin and became Director of Nursing in Annabeg Nursing Home in 2006. Sinead has been instrumental in creating a centre of excellence at Annabeg and placing person centred care at the core of the home’s approach.
Yvonne Carpenter
St. Mary's Residential Care Centre
Yvonne started her career in the NHS, it was there that her passion for care of the older person was nutured and developed. Yvonne is now the DON of St Marys Residential Care Centre in Galway, a new 60 bedded facility that has gone from strength to strength, She is also a Registered Nurse Prescriber one of very few that are working in the private nursing home sector. Yvonne believes that this qualification is one of the most exciting and progressive steps that has been embraced by nursing in Ireland in years.
Deborrah Lynch
Hamilton Park Care Facility
Director of Nursing of Hamilton Park Care Facility since 2007. I strive to be resident focused putting the needs of the resident and families first. I am completing the course “Leadership matters in dementia care” where I’m focused on motivating staff to improve the lived experience of residents with dementia.


Registered Nurse of the Year Award - Sponsored by Ecclesiastical Insurance
Karen Lordan
Haven Bay care Centre
Karen’s nursing and nutritional qualifications combined to formulate “Karen’s Kitchen”. Weight management and healthier food plans including health promoting food tastings are enjoyed by both Residents and staff. Person centred care was enhanced by Karen’s active involvement in Wound Care and Care Planning. Karen is known to be positive, professional and compassionate.

Brían McNamara
Greenpark Nursing Home
I am a director of Greenpark Nursing Home Limited. I qualified as a nurse with 1st class honours in 2011 at age 33. My passion is to provide holistic care, covering the medical and social needs that ensure the best possible quality of life for all our residents.

Caroline O’Reilly
Innis Ree Lodge
Qualified as RN in 1982 in UK. Worked as SN & then Ward / Unit Manager for next 10 Years. Returned to Ireland in 96 and worked in Care of Elderly. Assistant Manager at Innis Ree Lodge since 2004 and mother of six children.


Carer of the Year Award - Sponsored by Epic Solutions
Ann Cahill
Castlemanor Nursing Home
I am working in the caring profession since 1984 and am presently employed in Castlemanor Nursing Home where my primary role is caring for the residents, along with co-ordinating the activities. I am also the chairperson of the residents committee and I enjoy my work and feel privileged to be in a position to enhance the wellbeing of others.

Geraldine Clinton
Moorehall Lodge
My Name is Geraldine Clinton. I live in Ardee, County Louth with my husband Nicky and my son Ryan. I started my career as a care assistant in Moorehall Lodge, Ardee, in February 1999. I experience a great sense of pride and satisfaction in doing a job which I am very passionate about, and hope to continue for many years to come.

Tano Dorag
Annabeg Nursing Home
I’ve worked at Annabeg for nearly six years and during that time I’ve developed my elder care qualifications and experience. I have completed Fetac Level 5 Care for the Older Person, Management of Challenging Behaviour, Dementia Care, Infection Control, Elder Abuse, Food Hygiene/HACCP and fire training. I believe that attentiveness, kindness and constantly reassuring residents are some of the key elements to excellent care and they remain my constant focus.

Social & Recreational Programme Award - Sponsored by AON and RSA
Sandra de Brú
Glendale Nursing Home
The recreation department is led by Sandra and her team; Theresa and Louise (a qualified and experienced team), who are dedicated to providing a person centred recreation programme which takes a holistic view of residents, and is an integral part of the life of the residents in Glendale Nursing Home.

Jackie Flynn
Lakes Nursing Home
Employed as a Care Assistant from 2002; in 2011 was given the opportunity lead on activities to facilitate residents to live a more meaningful and fulfilled life within the nursing home. I am passionate about what I do and my reward is sharing resident’s achievements and being part of the fun and laughter.

Carmel O’Flaherty
Kilrush Nursing Home
My name is Carmel O’ Flaherty. I was born and raised on a farm in Co. Limerick with my two brothers and four sisters. In 1988 I married my husband and settled in Kilmihil Co. Clare. While raising our three children I volunteered with the Local Retirement group, Youth Club and Disability Group. In 2004 I went back to college and studied Homeopathy. After graduation I continued to volunteer and trained as a ‘Go for Life’ leader. This training and experience led to my current role at Kilrush Nursing Home.

Catering & Nutrition Award - Sponsored by Fresenius Kabi
Janice McNamee
Beechtree Nursing Home
I joined Beechtree Nursing Home in December 2004, having trained and worked in hotels and restaurants previously, finally feeling at home in the nursing home kitchen. It’s a very happy kitchen; staff are excellent and have been with me for years, which is reflected in the friendly working environment and in the food we serve. We are always reaching for higher standards by up-skilling frequently and seeking the valued opinions from our residents and families.
Donka Nusheva
Annabeg Nursing Home
In addition to being a qualified chef Donka also holds an engineering degree, quite a recipe! Perhaps it was the engineering background that prompted Donka to complete an elder care nursing foundation course so that she could have a deeper understanding of how her culinary skills could better serve her residents. Originally from Bulgaria Donka has worked at Annabeg for nearly five years and her innovative approach to catering and nutrition has been a great addition to residents at Annabeg.
Terry Tiernan
Ashford House
Terry has been employed as Head Chef in Ashford House Nursing Home since April 2007 having previously run Middays Restaurant in the Peacock Theatre for over 20 years. He has brought to the nursing home a wide range of experience and continually introduces new ideas to enhance the dining experience of the residents.


Ancillary Worker Award - Sponsored by Euron
Pat Finnegan
From the age of 15 Pat’s innovative approaches to farming enabled him to raise and educate three Children, despite the “Stony gray soil of Monaghan.” in 2005 Pat brought the same innovation and passion to his job as maintenance man for Castleross and is now known as a champion of change.

Johnny Kelly
Portumna Retirement Village
Johnny Kelly joined Portumna Retirement Village in 2008. He is a strong believer in the need for quality, and in providing a quality service to residents. He is committed to maintaining a top class facility at Portumna with a care environment that that is safe and secure for residents but also one that residents can feel comfortable in calling home.

Naoimh McMahon
Haven Bay Care Centre
Naoimh graduated with a BSc in Physiotherapy from the University of Limerick in 2010 and with an MA in Health Promotion from NUI, Galway in 2011. She has always wanted to work in the health services and has a particular interest in older adults and primary care.


Community Initiative Award - Sponsored by Bank of Ireland
Deirdre Mullins
Haven Bay Care Centre
Haven Bay Care Centre Residents have established themselves as major contributors to the community of Kinsale. Their immersion with schools, Brownies, volunteers, positive ageing week, etc. have culminated in enjoyable and beneficial events both in house and in the community. This much admired community involvement has been co-ordinated and supported by Deirdre Mullins.

Frances Neilan
Carrigoran House
Carrigoran House had its beginnings in 1974 through responding to local community needs. A nurturing relationship has grown over the subsequent years and this is very evident from the reciprocal relationship that now exists. Many community volunteers get involved in organising the annual fundraising ‘Spring Fair’. The Centre is available for community ‘club use’, bridge etc, as is the transport bus. The community have also open access to the beautiful grounds and ‘Walled Gardens’. The Centre is very much integrated into the wider community.
Tony Williams
Portumna Retirement Village
Tony founded Portumna Retirement Village in 2007 “Caring for those of yesterday so that they can enjoy an ease in their tomorrow" is the ethos upon which he founded, developed and opened a community orientated caring environment in Portumna that strives to maintain connection to the resident’s home, from the home that is now ‘nearly home’.


Innovation Award - Sponsored by BDO
Liam Deeney
Brentwood Manor
Brindley Healthcare and Amanda Torrens in conjunction with Liam Deeney have developed the “Men’s Shed Concept” which permits a means of escape to this humble sanctuary perhaps from “her indoors” for male residents who enjoy having an area to “potter” in and fits well with the male psyche through relaxation and doing odd jobs as men feel comfortable within this setting which increases their self-esteem and is an opportunity for conversation and companionship with other men.
Paul McCoy
Castleross was the brainchild of Paul McCoy who over the past 10 years has transformed both the environment and living experience for the people who live and work in Castleross. His tireless pursuit of excellence has resulted in Castleross becoming known as a centre of excellence in the provision of older persons care.

Viktoria Ptak / Szymon Fijalkowski
Newpark Care Centre
Szymon is a physiotherapist and Viktoria works as a physiotherapist and as an activities co ordination the At Newpark Care Centre.

Szymon and Viktoria. felt that residents taking part in an exercise programme in a fun way and in a way that might engage them from a social perspective as well would enhance their well being overall. They embarked on carrying out a small research project using residents and Wii technology. They proved that the concept that Wii technology can be used in many innovative ways in care of the older persons regardless of diagnosis.

The use of Wii technology engaged residents in terms of social involvement, team participation and satisfaction in their own ability.

It can also be built on, to be used in other ways by staff to engage residents in a ‘fun’ way in an activity regardless of ability. Their research can be built on to look at the Wii and falls prevention perhaps.

Resident Achievement Award Winner - Sponsored by CPL Healthcare
Merrial Davis
Glendale Nursing Home
I was born in Dundalk in 1924. I came to Glendale in April 2010. I have tried to keep myself active and have developed the monthly newsletter, organised quizzes, designed a mini-garden and I am an active member of the Residents Committee. I love reading and painting. I have also learned to use the computer.


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