Friday, 15th December 2017
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A Co Waterford Nursing Home received national recognition for its end-of-life-care at the NHI Care Awards 2017, in association with Homecare Medical Supplies.

Maypark House Nursing Home Team was honoured with the Nursing Home End of Life Care Award, sponsored by the Irish Hospice Foundation. Maypark was further represented at the awards ceremony through Franco Duggan, who was an employee in the Nursing Home Catering and Nutrition Award category.

The Nursing Home Team were presented with their award at the awards ceremony that took place at Citywest Hotel, Co Dublin, on Thursday 16th November. 400+ representatives from the nursing home, older person care and health sectors attended the awards ceremony that was hosted by RTE presenter Marty Whelan.

Maypark's core team devoted to end of life care consists of the Operations Manager, the Director of Nursing, the Senior Nurse Manager and the lead nursing and care staff. The team becomes part of the residents extended family. They live through one of the most significant parts of the resident's life, their death. Many staff are trained in palliative care including the Director of Nursing who has a European Certificate in Essential Palliative Care. The team act as role models for new staff members, dedicated to enhancing their confidence and skills. They strive to provide that little extra care to be a part of the home, not just to work there.

27 finalists from counties and communities across Ireland went forward for nine award categories. They recognise nurses, carers, ancillary workers, activity coordinators, catering in nursing homes, innovation in dementia care, community initiative, and end of life care within the nursing home sector. A Resident Achievement Award, recognising the positive contribution of residents towards nursing home life, and Nursing Homes Ireland Lifetime Achievement Award were also presented at the Awards ceremony.

Tadhg Daly, Nursing Homes Ireland CEO extended his congratulations to Maypark. "Congratulations to the team in Maypark for their magnificent achievement in winning the Nursing Home End of Life Care Award. Our end of life care award was established to celebrate innovative practices in end of life care that are happening in our nursing homes. Excellent end of life care is person-centred, flexible and is built around the needs of the individual, with the resident always at the heart of every decision. It is a holistic approach to care that responds to the person's physical, social, spiritual and psychological strengths and needs, and also considers the needs of the person's family/friends. The standard of entry for this year's awards was exceptional. Entries were received from across Ireland for outstanding staff within our nursing homes. I'm sure the residents and the staff of Maypark are immensely proud of the team for winning this award and this pride should extend beyond the nursing home into the wider community and county. I also extend my congratulations to Franco for reaching the final of the Nursing Home Catering and Nutrition Award category, an excellent honour.

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