AN 88-YEAR- OLD nursing home resident from Carlow will pick up a national achievement award on Thursday.
Merrial Davis, a resident of Glendale Nursing Home, will be presented with the Achievement Award at the Nursing Homes Ireland Care Awards 2012 in Dublin. She was chosen from more than 400 entries for the many accomplishments and activities that she has been involved in since relocationg to Glendale Nursing Home in Tullow in 2010.
Since she has moved to the home, Merrial has kept herself active and has developed the home's monthly newsletter, organised quizzes, designed a mini-garden within the home and is an active member of the resident's committee. Merrial counts reading and painting as two of her favorite pastimes and has learned to use computer since she moved to the home.
The nursing home hopes there will be two reasons to celebrate on the night as employee Sandra DeBrú is one of three national finalists in the Nursing Home Social and Recreational Award category. This award was open to all NHI nursing homes that have an activities programme in place and was established to celebrate the work that helps maximise the potential of residents to participate in meaningful and person-centred programmes.
Sandra is one of three finalists for the Nursing Home Social and Recreational Programme Award and one of 24 finalists from across Ireland for eight award categories. Over 300 nominations were put forward from people in communities across Ireland for the NHI Care Awards nine award categories and Merrial is the sole winner of the Resident Achievement Award.
RTE presenter Marty Whelan will MC the national awards ceremony and over 400 people will attend it including staff from nursing homes across Ireland, nursing home residents, representatives from the health sector and organisations representing older persons.