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Two Nursing Home Ireland Awards for Sunhill Nursing Home

Posted on: December 6th, 2019

In the photo left to right: Jan Wilson, Household Staff Sunhill Nursing Home; Georgina Buffini, Regional Development Coordinator CEOL Programme; Kate Steele, National Development Manager Residential Care Settings; Rachel Malone, Activities Sunhill Nursing Home; Siobhan Carroll, Clinical Nurse Manager Sunhill Nursing Home; Tadhg Daly, CEO Nursing Homes Ireland, Marty Whelan.

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.

Learn more about our CEOL programme here. 

Pauline Conlon

L to R: Siobhan Carroll, Clinical Nurse Manager Sunhill Nursing Home; Georgina Buffini Regional Development Coordinator CEOL Programme; Pauline Conlon Healthcare Assistant Team Lead

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.


Irish Hospice Foundation welcome more nursing home beds

Posted on: January 10th, 2014

The Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF)  today (9th January) welcomed the announcement from the Health Service Executive that new nursing home beds are to open  from next week and home care support options are to be introduced.  However  it expressed concern that the decision to change the eligibility for housing grants could have an impact on whether people can fulfil their wish to live and die at home. 

Most people want to die at home 

 While an IHF survey in 2004 found that up to two thirds of people wish to die at home, only 26% of people actually die in their own homes.  More than seven out of 10 people die outside their homes,  43% in our acute hospitals.  An IHF hospital audit in 2010 found that over 80% of people entered hospital via the A&E.  It was estimated that up to one quarter of people could have died at home if the community supports were in place. 

Access should be based on need  

Sharon Foley, CEO of the IHF, commented: “We would be concerned at changes being made to any community support on the basis of age alone.  Access to State supports should be based on need. At the very least there is now a lot of confusion around eligibility for housing grants for older people and people with disabilities who live at home. This can cause a lot of stress for vulnerable people.  The Government must clarify what changes are being made to the three national schemes and particularly any safeguards there will be for people adversely affected by the changes.”   Download Full Press Release >>>