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 Caherass Nursing Home wins excellence in End-Of-Life care award

Caherass Nursing Home wins excellence in End-Of-Life care award. Pictured here is, Jim Daly TD, Minister for Mental Health and Older People, Georgina Buffini (CEOL), Kate Steele (CEOL), Mary Carey (Director of Nursing, Caherass),  Sinéad O’Donoghue (Clinical Nurse Manager, Caherass), Tadgh Daly (CEO, Nursing Homes Ireland) and RTÉ Personality Marty Whelan. 

 Caherass Nursing Home wins excellence in End-Of-Life care award

Caherass Nursing Home in Limerick scooped a prestigious end-of-life care award at the Nursing Homes Ireland (NHI) Annual Awards recently.

The Compassionate End-of-Life (CEOL) group at the purpose built home in Croom was presented with the Excellence in End-of-Life Care award at the NHI Celebrating Excellence in Care ceremony at Citywest Hotel in Dublin.

The group at Caherass, which forms part of Mowlam Healthcare, was commenced in 2015 by participating in a pilot programme called “A Journey of Change” with the Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF).  Since then, the group has developed and grown into a consistently performing team, passionate about improving end-of life care standards.

The group is now comprised of ten members of staff across all disciplines and its philosophy is to facilitate an environment of openness around end of life so that staff can deliver individualised end-of-life care as per the resident’s wishes. 

Speaking at the Awards Ceremony, Clinical Nurse Manager and Caherass CEOL Co-ordinator, Sinéad O’Donoghue, said: “Winning the NHI award has meant the world to me. I feel we are such a solid group each with an equal amount of passion and dedication, constantly working towards improving end-of-life care standards for our residents and their loved ones. We have worked hard for three years to improve our end-of-life care delivery and to have won the award is a huge achievement.”

“I am immensely proud of each member of the group and the work that they have individually put into it. CEOL is now ingrained in our practice here at Caherass and we are all better for it.”

The Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) developed the CEOL Programme to enable nursing homes (where 25% of people die each year) to continually review and reflect on the care they provide at end of life. 

Providing compassionate care for residents approaching the end of their life is a fundamental component of person-centred care.  CEOL embeds a continuous quality improvement approach and is built around the needs of the individual, with the resident always at the heart of every decision. 

CEOL National Development Manager, Kate Steele: “Good end-of-life care is about being supported to live well until you die. Congratulations to Sinéad, Mary Carey and the extended CEOL group at Caherass Nursing Home and Mowlam Healthcare for their commitment to providing holistic, person-centred end-of-life care and for their dedication to the CEOL Programme. We look forward to working more closely with them in 2019.”



For more information about the CEOL programme, go here.

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