NHI Care Awards 2011 Finalists

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

 Nursing Home Director of Nursing/Person in Charge Award
Eileen Burke
Innis Ree Lodge, Ballyleague, Lanesboro, Co. Roscommon
Qualified as an RN in Cork, spent next decade in the USA as an A&E Nurse & then in an Aged Facility. Built and ran my own Nursing Home in Cork until I sold it in 2001. Nurse Manager at Innis Ree Lodge since October 2002.

Deborah Lynch,
Hamilton Park Care Facility, Balrothery, Co. Dublin
My name is Deborrah Lynch, presently Director of Nursing at Hamilton Park Care Facility. I qualified in 1989, achieved Higher Diplomas in Oncology and Palliative Care. I've worked in Care of the Elderly since 1993 and obtained a Post Grad in Gerontology (focusing on hypersexuality in dementia). In 2010, I registered as a Nurse Prescriber. All this and my extensive clinical experience has shaped myself, my career and the development of Hamilton Park.
Sheila O’Reilly,
Bishopscourt Residential Care Home Ltd., Liskillea, Waterfall, Co. Cork
I joined Bishopscourt in September 2010 as Director of Nursing. Before this I worked as Assistant Director of Public Health Nursing and have completed the H.Dip. in Health Care Management and the MA in Gerontology. I have a special interest in the complex needs of residents thus promoting quality of life and best practices.


 Nursing Home Registered Nurse of the Year Award
Barbara Murphy,
Craddock House Nursing Home, Craddockstown Road, Naas, Co. Kildare
I have been working as a staff nurse since I qualified in 1986. Since 2002 I have been working in Craddock House Nursing Home and I really love my work there. I am passionate about a person-centred care for each resident. My area of expertise is in wound management. I am also very involved with Special Olympics Ireland and Scouting Ireland.

Caroline O’Reilly,
Innis Ree Lodge, Ballyleague, Lanesboro, Co. Roscommon
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

Malgorzata Sucharewska,
Nenagh Manor Nursing Home, Yewstown, Co. Tipperary
My name is Malgorzata Sucharzewska; I received my diploma in nursing in 1988 and in 2003 my diploma in Sociology. I have experience working on medical wards, cardiology, with General Practitioner’s in their surgery’s and in the emergency services. I travelled from Poland to work in Ireland in 2006, and the same year I joined Silverstream Healthcare and have worked proudly as a nurse in the in Nenagh Manor Nursing Home ever since.

 Nursing Home Carer of the Year Award
Trudy Gillespie,
Moorehall Lodge, Hale St., Ardee, Co. Louth
My name is Trudy Gillespie. I commenced employment with Moorehall Lodge Ardee in 2007 as a carer. I was offered the position as co-ordinator to implement and establish a household system which is now in place and has been very successful. We now have happier and more independent residents.

Shelagh Healy,
Craddock House Nursing Home, Craddockstown Road, Naas, Co. Kildare
“A lifetime of caring for family and friends, extended to Craddock House when I joined their team in 2000. By assisting residents in daily living, sharing stories, arranging excursions and simply brightening their day with festive decorations, all just to see a smile, makes my job as a carer so worthwhile.”

Mary Moran,
St. Peter’s Nursing Home, Sea Road, Castlebellingham, Co. Louth
I hail from County Mayo but I have lived in Ardee, Co Louth for over twenty years. Mayo still feels like home to me not least because my Mam and Dad still live there. I have two daughters. Eleanor, my youngest, is training to be a nurse in Manchester. I’ve worked at St Peter’s Nursing Home in Castlebellingham almost since it opened about ten years ago. I’ve been the senior care assistant for the last four years. I’ve seen many changes over those years. Especially since 2009, standards have improved with the advent of HIQA. But I still feel that the residents respond positively to the carer who works from the heart.

 Nursing Home Resident Achievement Award
PJ Flood,
Esker Lodge Nursing Home, Esker Place, Cathedral Road, Co. Cavan
PJ was born on 14th May 1927. He is the eldest of 3 children. His parents were farmers. PJ attended Ballyconnell National School and finished his education at the age of 14 yrs. He went on to work with the Council for the duration of his working life. His passion in life is Music. He began learning music in the Flute band in 1949. After some time he started teaching others the Flute and Drum. PJ took over the band until it broke up in the 50’s mainly due to the emigration of its members. PJ learned to play the Uillean Pipes and played through the 60’s and 70’s. When the Youth Bands were set up PJ eventually ended up teaching in almost all his local bands and in the Vocational School in Cavan. He retired from his employment at the age of 65yrs, but continued to teach music in his home in Ballyconnell.
PJ Halligan,
Moorehall Lodge, Hale St., Ardee, Co. Louth
My name is PJ Halligan, I am 71 years old. About 18 months ago when I was in the Hospital, Carol came and asked me would I like to come and live in Moorehall Lodge. I had a Stroke and Cancer in my tummy. I look and feel much better now. Every day I am now able to go for a walk down the town to the bookies and put on the bets I collect and deliver the papers and the post to the Households. I water the flowers and I sometimes go for a pint and call into Sizzlers for a pot of tea and a scone. i enjoy life, good days and bad.
Julia Thurmann,
Hamilton Park Care Facility, Balrothery, Balbriggan, Co. Dublin
I am originally from Berlin, my parents live in Hungary. I got sick in June 2007 whilst working for Hertz, Swords. I then came to Hamilton Park in 2008, where I was introduced to kayaking by Peter Durnin. I’ve been on the water twice and the whole experience, including months of training gave my confidence a real boost.


 Nursing Home Activities Co-Ordinator Award
Geraldine Clinton,
Moorehall Lodge, Hale St., Ardee, Co. Louth
My name is Geraldine Clinton and I work in Suaimhneas, a dementia specific household in Moorehall Lodge, Ardee. We promote the Household module of care and in this setting my role is that of Homemaker/Activities promoter or in simple language – “Mammy of the House!” Our home from home environment, with myself as the main stay of the Family creates an air of love, comfort and security along with feeling need and being involved in the day to day life within our house.
Deirdre Hartman,
Kilcolgan Nursing Home, Kilcolgan, Co Galway
As Activities Coordinator, I believe our living environment is of utmost importance. I aim to reduce stress and more importantly boredom - through stimulating activities which cater to both individuals and groups. I believe it is my main responsibility to encourage and support the pursuit of residents' former and current interests,to the best of their abilities and skills.

Piotr Jokiel,
Bloomfield Care Centre (Newlodge), Stocking Lane, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16
Piotr works as Activity Co-ordinator in Bloomfield and organises the Olympics, Outings, Concerts, Exhibitions and other activities which enhance the quality of life of our residents. Piotr’s desire is to realise the dreams of our residents where possible. Piotr’s programme recognises the social and psychological needs of the residents and their desire to feel engaged and involved in the world.


 Nursing Home Catering and Nutrition Award
Ann Dillon,
Moorehall Lodge, Hale St., Ardee, Co. Louth
I joined the team in Moorehall Lodge Nursing Home, Ardee, at it’s opening in October 1998. I oversee the formulation of diets for all the residents of the households and all other kitchen operations. I am a member of the action team for the Butterfly Training Programme in Person Centred Dementia Care.

Haven Bay Catering Team,
Haven Bay Care Centre, Kinsale, Co. Cork
The Haven Bay Catering Team is on a mission: provide the finest dining experience for their residents. They aim to fulfil their mission by learning continuously, so that they can innovate the product they offer, by communicating as much as possible with the residents, by educating colleagues and the public on all aspects of care catering, by being active within the community, providing catering and participating in activities with different associations and by learning and sharing knowledge with their peers at home and abroad. They do so to gather all those details necessary to create a unique dining experience for the residents in Haven Bay Care Centre.
Sarah McDonagh,
The Village Care Centre, Ballygarriff, Craughwell, Co. Galway
Head Chef Sarah Mc Donagh has had a major impact on the lives of the Village Nursing Care Centre Residents. Sarah gets involved in helping Residents to make nutritional choices and ensures that they are getting the food that they really want, when they want it. She has provided HACCP training to carers, assisted in the development of a nutritional training programme for care assistants, introduced a plate-check system for the early identification of nutritional issues, worked closely with the gardener in utilising organic, home grown fruit and vegetables, and most importantly Sarah is a visible presence in the dining room creating a sense of occasion which can sometimes become quite theatrical and often ends in an after-dinner serenade!

 Nursing Home Ancillary Worker Award
Jozefa Dulanska,
Bishopscourt Residential Care Ltd., Liskillea, Waterfall, Co. Cork
I came to Bishopscourt from Poland in 2004 as Head Cleaner. As well as the daily cleaning I love decorating the nursing home for special events during the year. I have a special interest in the residents care and will be kitchen cook when I’m called upon.

Mary Foley,
Ocean View Nursing Home, Knockglassmore, Camp, Tralee, Co. Kerry
I work as a Domestic in Ocean View Nursing Home, I take great pride in keeping the Nursing Home clean, bright and homely. I am dedicated in helping the resident to be as comfortable and happy in their surroundings. I believe in creating a homely and happy environment for all residents, family/friends and staff.

Winnet Mafati,
St. Doolagh’s Park Care Centre, Malahide Road, Balgriffin, Dublin 17
Originally Zimbabwean, I came to Ireland in 2001 and love working with people. I worked as a care assistant for 6 years but now I am an administrator. I learnt a lot about person centered care, team work and quickly adapted to the Irish culture. I enjoy my work, pursue my studies and love my environment.


 Nursing Home Community Initiative Award
Maura Horan,
Kilcolgan Nursing Home, Kilcolgan, Co. Galway
Kilcolgan Nursing home is located just 1/2mile from the village and is part of the Mowlam Healthcare group. We are committed to enhancing the quality of life for all our Residents and value our place in the local community. We consider it vital to involve the local schools and people. Resident are encouraged to participate in activities as they wish.

Deirdre Mullins,
Haven Bay Care Centre, Kinsale, Co. Cork
Haven Bay Care Centre is proud of its close association with the community in Kinsale, where we have forged links with many local groups and individuals. A committee was formed to steer Kinsale into a Positive Ageing Town. This committee is chaired by Deirdre Mullins, our Activities Co-Ordinator.

Patricia (Trish) O’Sullivan,
Bridhaven Nursing Home, Spa Glen, Mallow, Co. Cork
Brídhaven Nursing Home in Mallow, Co. Cork was established in 1989 and has now been trading continuously for over 20 years. Brídhaven is a 134 bed, award winning nursing home with multiple national awards for people management practices, accommodation standards and for Quality Management, Environmental Management and Health and Safety Standards.


 Nursing Home Innovation Award
Imelda Burke,
TLC City West, Fortunestown Lane, Cooldown Commons, City West, Co. Dublin
TLC in conjunction with IRDC has developed a new model of practice in Dental Hygiene and care. Quality Oral Health care Contributes to holistic Health, and practices and training have taken place to achieve our vision that every resident at TLC will receive a high standard of excellence when it comes to the provision of dental care and maintenance

Paul McCoy,
Castleross Nursing Home, Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan
Castleross has transformed from a Nursing Home to “Home”. The changes in the physical environment and the culture of how we do things, has empowered the people who live here to regain control of their lives. We now care for the whole Person rather than simply treating symptoms of illness.

Carol McLoughlin,
Moorehall Lodge Hale St., Ardee, Co. Louth
Moorehall Lodge Ardee cares for 81 people. We embarked on a change programme to reconfigured the physical layout and transformed our culture. Based on the principals of home, we developed 3 Households each with its own front door, door bell, private spaces & domestic style kitchen. Building on concept of this work, we are undertaking the “Butterfly” project in our specialist dementia care household. “Butterfly” aims to make the emotional connection for people with their environment, past and present essential to understand “their world”. Core to this is the transformation of our staff’s attitudes, behaviours and skills essential to putting the person first. Moorehall Lodge Ardee, a friendly, happy & fulfilling place to live and work!