A County Tipperary woman was honoured this week when she received the prestigious Nursing Homes Ireland Lifetime Achievement Award. Marie Carey, provider of care at Ashlawn House Nursing Home, Nenagh, received the award in recognition of her significant contribution to the nursing home sector.
Nursing home care in Co Tipperary was recognised at the Nursing Homes Ireland Care Awards 2016, in association with Homecare Medical Supplies.
The awards ceremony, which was attended by 500 persons from the nursing home and older person care and health sectors, was hosted at Citywest Hotel, Dublin, this week. RTE presenter Marty Whelan was the MC. Minister with Responsibility for Older Persons Helen McEntee TD presented the awards.
Marie Carey, provider of care at Ashlawn House Nursing Home, Nenagh, was the recipient of the Nursing Homes Ireland Lifetime Achievement Award. The award recognises a person who has made a significant contribution to the nursing home sector and has worked consistently and steadfastly to promote, protect and advance care of the older person in Ireland. The award was accepted on Marie’s behalf by her daughter Aileen Curtin.
The winner of the Nursing Home End of Life Care Award was also from Co Tipperary. Linda Carew of Millbrae Lodge Nursing Home, Newport was the award winner.
Two further Premier County representatives were finalists within two of the 11 award categories. Roisin Quinn of Millbrae Lodge Nursing Home, Newport, was a finalist in the Nursing Home Community Initiative Award. And Margot Kelly of Rathkeevan Nursing Home was a finalist in the Nursing Home Catering and Nutrition Award category.
27 finalists from counties and communities across Ireland went forward for nine award categories that recognised nurses, carers, catering & nutrition, ancillary workers, social & recreational activities, dementia care, and end of life care. A further two categories had no finalists but winners announced on the night – the Nursing Homes Ireland Lifetime Achievement Award that Marie won and the Resident Achievement Award.
Tadhg Daly, Nursing Homes Ireland CEO extended his congratulations Marie, Linda and Roisin and Margot.
Commenting on Marie’s win, he said: “There was enormous pride amongst the 500 in attendance and the wider NHI Membership for Marie to be honoured with our Lifetime Achievement Award. Her contribution towards the nursing home sector has been immense, with her tremendous energy and passion over the years playing an extremely important role in advancing nursing home care in Ireland. She has proven very generous in advising fellow Members and has diligently worked within NHI and its predecessor the Irish Nursing Homes Organisation to improve the environment in which nursing homes can provide the best care possible to persons in their care.”
Regarding Linda, he said: “Congratulations to Linda for her magnificent achievement in winning the Nursing Home End of Life Care Award. The standard of entry for all the award categories was of an exceptional level and to receive this national recognition is a fantastic accomplishment. I’m sure residents and staff at Millbrae Lodge Nursing Home are immensely proud of Linda’s accomplishment and this should extend beyond the nursing home into the wider community. This award was established to celebrate innovative practices in end of life care in Nursing Homes. Our Awards recognise care excellence within nursing homes across the country. The fantastic dedication and commitment of staff within these homes from home are enhancing the lives of people in their care.”
Regarding Roisin and Margot’s accomplishments, he said: “To reach the final of this national awards ceremony is a tremendous achievement and one that all our finalists and their colleagues should be immensely proud of. Our independent panel of judges assessed the high standard of entries that were received from across the country and to be selected as a finalist was an excellent accomplishment. I extend my congratulations to Roisin and Margot.”
Now in their seventh year, nominations for the Care Awards were invited and submitted by NHI’s 370 Members who are based in communities across Ireland. Nominations were submitted by nursing home residents, visitors to nursing homes, staff, and the general public.