Yvonne McCarthy won the NHI Director of Nursing / Person in Charge Award in City West Dublin last Thursday. The Nursing Homes Ireland Care Awards are the premier national celebration of the outstanding care being provided by nursing homes in communities across Ireland.
[Yvonne with compere Marty Whelan after receiving her Award from Minister Jim Daly.]
Yvonne was nominated by her colleagues for her outstanding work in Care of the Older Person. The Award recognises her hard work, dedication and inspirational leadership which has changed the lives of those in her care and the team she works with. The judging committee led by Professor Amanda Neary who selected Yvonne from a large number of entries from nursing homes across the country.
[Yvonne celebrating with residents this morning at Haven Bay. Flowers presented by nursing home owner Owen O Brien.]
Congratulations to the members of our team on being selected as Finalists at National NHI Care Awards ceremony in November
Haven Bay Care centre is committed to providing the finest dining experience for our Residents. Our Head chef leads our multi ward winning team. The team in collaboration with Award Winner RGN Karen Lordan have prepared a selection of menus to cater for the many dietary requirements of our residents.
The team design and create nutritional and balanced meals prepared in a traditional home cooked style using fresh seasonal ingredients, some grown in Haven Bay’s community garden.
Amongst the Awards won by the team are:
NHI Catering & Nutrition Award 2010, 2011 and 2013
The Hotel & Catering Review Gold Medal Award for Best Institutional Catering 2013 and Finalist 2012
Gold Medal judges voted the Haven Bay catering team as Ireland’s best healthcare caterers: ‘Innovation is the name of the game at this excellent nursing home and retirement village in Kinsale. The team’s relentless quest for excellence has inspired them to create a first-class catering service for Haven Bay residents. The formula has been so successful that the caterers are now branching out, opening a new production facility to create a range of soft and puréed meals which are high in nutrition and tailored to suit older palates. We think this business is going to grow and grow.’
Karen beat off stiff competition from other catering teams within the nursing home sector to scoop the coveted NHI Catering & Nutrition Award 2013.
Karen’s nursing and nutritional qualifications combine to formulate “Karen’s Kitchen”. Karen analysed Residents’ weight and their relationship with food. In collaboration with the residents and the catering team, 2 weight management food plans were devised and implemented to assist those who were both overweight and underweight.
The outcome from Karen’s Kitchen showed that 66% of Residents who were on a weight reduction plan lost weight. The average weight loss was 8%. In addition, 66% of Residents who were underweight gained weight, the average weight gain being 9%. In addition to better weight management, food intake was optimised resulting in improved health and well- being.
NHI Award winner 2010, 2011 Finalist 2012& 2013
Deirdre Mullins, Activity Coordinator representing Haven Bay’s community Involvement
“Residents are an integral part of our community.” This is the belief that drives Deirdre to constantly explore and maintain links within the community of Kinsale. Deirdre’s passion for her community and residents has culminated in Haven Bay Care Centre Residents being involved in a myriad of events. Community fundraisers, Positive Ageing Week and Community Art events are all attended if not hosted by our Residents. This immersion in the community promotes a feeling of fulfilment and value to all involved.
Best Catering & Nutrition Award 2010 & 2011
Hotel & Catering Gold Medal Winner 2012
Our’s chef’s vast experience in the Catering Industry leads a dedicated award winning team. The team is supported by experienced chefs and catering assistants. They work closely with the residents in developing menus and diets tailored to the residents expressed wishes. The team are currently working to recreate dishes that residents would have cooked themselves using old family recipes.
Cork Environment Forum Award 2011
Jim has been actively involved with the award winning garden at Haven Bay Care Village. Our wonderful working Organic Garden was created under the guidance of our Caretaker Jim Grennan and supported by Kinsale College of Further Education’s Permaculture Students. With Jim’s help residents of the Care Centre and the apartments selected what they wanted to grow and these range from soft flower planting to vegetables including herbs and fruit trees. Jim has encouraged residents to bring and plant plants from their former homes thus helping the transition from leaving their homes to a new life at Haven Bay Care Centre.
“We were always made feel welcome”
“The staff always most accommodating”
“always helpful and courteous”
“I was ever so grateful to the doctors, staff and particularly Yvonne for their patience..."
“She was cared for in Haven Bay as one would treat a relative”