Sunhill Nursing Home in county Louth picked up two awards at the recent Nursing Home Ireland Care Awards. The CEOL team won the End-of-Life Care Award, sponsored by the Irish Hospice Foundation, while Pauline Conlon was named the Carer of the Year.
CEOL at Sunhill
Led by Siobhán Carroll, Clinical Nurse Manager, the multi-disciplinary CEOL Team includes members of the care, activity and household team. They continually strive to achieve excellence in end-of-life care for their residents in Sunhill Nursing Home. They ensure their residents end-of-life care wishes are respected and they support them and their families on their journey towards end-of-life. Siobhan liaises with the GP and Specialist Palliative Care Team to ensure a peaceful and dignified death for every resident.
Sunhill joined Irish Hospice Foundation’s Journey of Change Programme in 2015 and now has 12 members in their CEOL Team. This dedicated, passionate CEOL Team holds regular review meetings following the death of each resident in which they remember the resident and reflect and review the care provided. This allows them to continue their excellent practices while also identifying potential areas for change.
Developed by the Irish Hospice Foundation, CEOL, which stands for Compassionate End of Life, supports staff in providing the best possible end-of-life care for people living in residential care centres and enables and empowers staff to continuously review, reflect and improve the end-of-life care they provide.
Located in the village of Termonfeckin, Sunhill Nursing Home is a warm and friendly place, not only to work but especially for residents. Team Lead, Pauline Conlon, is an exceptional carer. She ensures that the ‘Baltray Unit’ is family and resident orientated. A calm and social atmosphere is nurtured there on a daily basis.
Pauline, who is integral to the CEOL Team, advocates a person-centred care approach and goes above and beyond her role to ensure that residents have the best home-from-home experience while living in Sunhill. This was Pauline’s second year to be nominated for Carer of the Year – testament to the exemplary care and dedication she demonstrates in her role in caring for residents in Sunhill Nursing Home.