NHI Care Awards 2013 Launch Images
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Celebrating Excellence in Care
Citywest Hotel, Dublin
Thursday 7th November 2013, 7.30pm

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

The NHI 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.
Sheilah Climaco
Ashborough Lodge
Sheilah began her career as a registered general nurse in the Philippines, and moved to Ireland in 2002. She has worked in Ashborough Lodge as a senior nurse, and then became the Director of Nursing in 2009. She is running a 58 bedroom facility, which employs 70 staff members. Her focus is that the residents receive the highest standard of care in their home. She insists that the staff are encouraged to train and educated in caring for the elderly, thus providing excellent care for her residents. She is very proud this year to celebrate the 10th Anniversary with the many of the staff still employed since its opening.
Valerie Joy
Lisheen Nursing Home
Valerie Joy is an RGN working as the Director of Nursing in Lisheen Nursing Home. Valerie received her undergraduate BSc in Nursing from Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College, has completed a Higher Certificate in Health Services Management in U.L and a Clinical Governance and Quality Management course. She is a qualified Moving and Handling and CPR instructor and recently completed a Masters in Nursing Practice specialising in Dementia Care with DCU.

Valerie believes in supporting staff in the provision of person centred care through good teamwork, continuous staff development and training. She endeavours to create a dynamic evidence based learning environment and believes in taking proactive approaches by empowering and enabling both the residents and staff while striving for good quality person centred care.
The Nursing Home Registered Nurse of the Year Award
- Sponsored by First Choice Purchasing
Siby Joseph
Ashford House Nursing Home
Siby qualified with a BSc in Nursing in 2004 and went on to complete his Diploma in Management in 2007. Having worked in both acute and psychiatric hospitals he joined Ashford House in 2008 and was subsequently promoted to CNM in 2009. Siby has an open, calm personality and maintains excellent relationships with residents, family members and staff. He is a great team leader who proactively manages the environment in Ashford House to provide holistic person-centred care for our residents. Siby is very innovative and continually introduces new ideas to enhance quality of care.
Mairead McGuinness
St. Peters Nursing Home (Trinity Care)
Mairead has worked in Older Persons Services for most of her nursing career. She was involved in developing new and innovative aspects of care and has encouraged culture change in older person services. She passionately believes that the quality of care delivered to nursing home residents should be research based, individualized and person centered. She has keep up to date with new developments and best practice. She recognises that key components to providing quality care are effective leadership and ongoing education.
Kiri Mulqueen
Beechlodge Care Facility
In her role as senior staff nurse, Kiri is exemplary, known for her extraordinary dedication and inspirational in her care for residents. Kiri's great strength is her ability to positively impact on others. She truly leads by example and demonstrates to all the team the true meaning of professionalism. Her decisions and actions are always guided by what she believes is best for the resident.

Kiri qualified as a general nurse in 2010 from the University of Limerick. Her further education includes FETAC Level 6 Gerontology for which she received a Distinction grade, and FETAC Level 6 Supervisory Management Skills. She is currently undertaking the "European Certificate in Essential Palliative Care" and begins her Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing (Gerontological Nursing) in University College Cork September 2013.
The Nursing Home Carer of the Year
- Sponsored by Abbey Healthcare
Chrissy Barron
Moorehall Lodge Ardee
Chrissy Barron lives in Collon, Co. Meath with her husband Ronan and son Tiernan. She has worked in Moorehall Lodge since 1999 where her primary role is caring for her residents and giving “Person First Training” to other members of the Moorehall Lodge team.

Chrissy feels very privileged to be in a position to help residents to live a more meaningful and fulfilled life within the nursing home. She is passionate about what she does and is privileged to be part of the team that work and live in Moorehall Lodge
Agnese Liepina
Orwell House Nursing Home
Agnese was born in Latvia, and has lived in Ireland since 2005. She has been working in Orwell House since 2010. From an early age, her family instilled in her the importance of taking responsibility, always treating others with respect, to “put love and heart” into her work.

Agnese brings energy, enthusiasm and a cheerful smile to her role. She is an advocate and a friend and has affected the quality of life of so many residents in such a positive way. She has implemented an arts and crafts group for the residents and is also involved in the induction & mentorship process for staff.
Hannah Mullen
TLC Maynooth
Hannah is from Allen Naas Co.Kildare. She has lived there all her life. She is married to Anthony for the last 36 years. Hannah has four children and six grand-children.She has been in the caring profession for the last 14 years, and with her present employer TLC in Straffan Co Kildare going on 5 years. Hannah is a senior carer on the Oak house which is an Alzheimers unit,her bubbly personality makes it a pleasure to be in her presence - be it resident or member of the staff.
The NHI Nursing Home Resident Achievement Award 2013 Winner
- Sponsored by CPL Healthcare
Thomas Mulvaney
Milbury Nursing Home
Tommy Mulvaney was a motor mechanic for 40 years in his home town of Navan, Co. Meath. Tommy has been a resident of Millbury Nursing Home for 3 years following his stroke which left him paralysed on his right side and with verbal communication difficulties. Tommy faced new challenges in his life but found a natural talent for art and painting. Through encouragement, Tommy was able to hold a successful art exhibition showing his beautiful art. This is remarkable as he is painting with his left hand, having previously been right handed. Tommy is a true inspiration to all staff, residents and visitors here in Millbury and makes the most of everyday with a positive attitude.
The Nursing Home Social & Recreational Award
- Sponsored by AON
Karen Brett
Glenaulin Nursing Home
Karen is passionate about working with the elderly and believes that everyone has their story to tell. She gained a B.Sc. in Social Psychology, then M.Sc., and began her career in mental health and community settings. Each day she demonstrates her caring, person-centred, compassionate approach in her work with the residents of Glenaulin. She loves to paint, play music and sing. Music and art are central to her activities programming. Karen is a self care expert who trains and motivates teams to employ self care methods, so they in turn can give fully to those in their care.
Sandra Crowe
Rockshire Care Centre
Sandra completed an honours degree in Health Promotion in Waterford institute of Technology in 2008. This lead to a post as a care assistant for older people for 3 ½ years. During this time working as a carer, she trained in the ACT Programme, Sonas apc and completed the FETAC 5 module in Working Creatively with the Older Adult on days off and annual leave.

Sandra gained a position as an Activity Co- Coordinator in Rockshire Care Centre in 2012, and went on and trained with Imagination Gym in 2013 to enhance relaxation and imagination with older people.
Gerard Ryan
Sacred Heart Nursing Home
Gerard Ryan known as Gerry had worked in Financial Services over 40 years including in that time setting up his own business.

Gerry suffered the traumatic experience when in 2007 he lost his wife Mary they had been together 31 years.

In 2010 Gerry began a new career when he obtained a Level 6 Certificate in Activity Training from Waterford Institute. He also completed a Sonas Workshop and began his employment at Sacred Heart Nursing Home.

Gerry’s daily motto is ‘to put a smile on the residents face when I arrive and have them looking forward to the next day of activities when I leave’. He attributes the honour of his selection to the wonderful residents that he says ‘it’s a privilege to share their accumulation of wisdom’
The Nursing Home Catering and Nutrition Award
- Sponsored by Fresenius Kabi
Ingrid Bula
Innis Ree Lodge Nursing Home
Ingrid Bula was born & educated in Latvia. She immigrated to Ireland aged 19 in 2002 with very little English, to work in a mushroom factory. In February 2004 Ingrid began working at Innis Ree Lodge as a kitchen assistant. As Ingrid’s English & confidence, improved it was clear that she was very creative hard working and wanted to make a difference in our resident’s lives. Ingrid grew up with a strong sense of family and respect for her elders; she is now chef and leads a team of 4 catering and serving high quality and nutritious food.
Kevin Cahill
Glenaulin Nursing Home
Through his food, Kevin shows how much he cares for the residents at Glenaulin. He trained at WIT and GMIT and has worked in top class hotels and restaurants to include Gleneagles, Killarney, Bon Appetit, and at Coq Hardi under John Howard. Working for a time as Head Chef in Pinewood Studios, he cooked for the likes of Sylvester Stallone, Richard Gere and Clint Eastwood. He now studies special dietary meals and modified diets to bring his talents to cooking for a more mature palette. His gift to Glenaulin is that good food is a celebration of life and is there to be enjoyed by all.
Karen Lordan
Haven Bay Care Centre
Karen’s nursing and nutritional qualifications combined to formulate “Karen’s Kitchen”. Karen analysed Resident’s weight and how staff used food for diversion with Residents. In collaboration with the catering team, 2 weight management food plans were devised and implemented to assist those who were both overweight and underweight.

Initially 25% of Residents were overweight and 25% underweight. The outcome from Karen’s Kitchen showed that 66% of Residents who were overweight lost weight. The average weight loss was 9%. Also, 66% of those who were underweight gained weight; the average weight gain was 8%. In addition to better weight management, food intake was optimised resulting in improved health and well-being
The Nursing Home Ancillary Worker Award
- Sponsored by Euron
Jozefa Dulanska
Bishopscourt Residential Care Ltd.
Jozefa came to Bishopscourt from Poland in 2004 in charge of hygiene. Jozefa a dedicated and loyal employee not only maintains the highest standards of cleanliness but always has the resident as her main focus.

Jozefa has amazing green fingers and has turned our internal walkway for the residents into a botanical haven which they love. Her charismatic personality is loved by all the residents, families and staff alike. She is always smiling, joking and loves being involved with the banter between the residents their families and friends, which makes one very special lady for all those who have the pleasure of working with her.
Antoinette Kane
Suncroft Lodge Nursing Home (Trinity Care)
From a young age, Antoinette has had a passion for garments as she has years of experience working as a seamstress in factories in Kildare until she joined Suncroft Lodge Nursing Home in April 2002. Proudly working eleven years in the laundry department, Antoinette has been an epitome of dedication and commitment and value of work. She believes that inspired, knowledgeable and happy staff results in the delivery of an effective, efficient, quality assured and person centred care to residents.
Marie McGahey
Powdermill Nursing Home & Care Centre
Marie Mc Gahey began her career in the Powdermill on Easter Monday 2002 working in the household department. After one week at work Marie was stashing her curling tongs in her handbag as the residents were asking for her to style their hair. She rushed her household duties to give her time to do this. That was where the bond with the residents began. In 2005 she started working in the evenings organising social activities and three years later she left her household duties behind when offered the position of activities co-ordinator. Since then she has concentrated on providing meaningful activities for groups and for individuals. She trained in the Sonas programme and is still amazed at how this programme reaches people.
The Community Initiative Award
- Sponsored by Bank of Ireland
Activities Team
TLC Cara Care Centre
Then & Now

Our Then & Now project consisted of a few parts, first and foremost the children coming in to meet up with our residents on numerous occasions throughout the project enabled both generations to write and share stories about their childhood, from which we compiled a book of their stories. A CD was then produced of old songs being sung by our residents and the children. Don Elliott Baker also wrote a song especially for this project which can also be heard on the CD. Any artwork that is displayed in the book was done by our residents & children with help from our Art teacher Jordanna Baker.
Deirdre Mullins
Haven Bay Care Centre
“Resident’s in our home are an integral part of our community”
This is the belief that drives Deirdre to constantly explore and maintain links within the community of Kinsale. Deirdre’s passion for her community and residents has culminated in Haven Bay Care Centre Residents being involved in a myriad of events. Community fundraisers, Positive Ageing Week and Community Art events are all attended if not hosted by our Residents. This immersion in the community promotes a feeling of fulfillment and value to all involved.
Activities Team
Beneavin House
Beneavin House and Beneavin De La Salle College have developed a community initiative that gives our residents and students the opportunity to work together in a spirit of intergenerational strength through their participation in a paired reading programme using iPads. The group runs a successful blog on their website www.elearningatbeneavin.com that has received over 11,000 unique visitors.

The ongoing work of the group has been recently recognised by the Generations United movement in the United States. We also hope to publish a book of intergenerational stories later in the year and have started work on a ‘Grow Your Own’ greenhouse initiative.
The Nursing Home Innovations in Dementia Care Award
- Sponsored by BDO
Natasha Bloore
Moorhall Lodge Ardee
At Moorehall Lodge Ardee we have always strived to provide quality care for people living with a Dementia. Now we believe we really let our residents 'live'!

Together we work hard to implement an emotional approach to care by living life in their shoes and to understand the connection between memory and emotion. Appreciating individual life journeys and what matters most to our residents, helps us develop a busy environment together with a person-centred approach, to occupy people living with Dementia. To help re-connect with pleasant past memories, occupation and identity and to make each moment count.
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 there self – esteem and is an opportunity for conversation and companionship with other men.
Claire Healy
Kiltipper Woods Care Centre
Claire Healy has worked as part of the activities team at Kiltipper woods care centre since November 2010, and has coordinated the activities for over one year. Claire’s background is in mental health nursing, holding a nurse managers position in acute services for a number of years.

Claire’s has always had a particular interest in the social aspect of patient care, leading to the transition into activities. Claire’s work philosophy: We are never too old to have fun, make friends, or learn something new. Claire embodies this every day and in every way for the benefit of residents.

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