The Irish Medical Times recently awarded the Health and Wellness Centre, Carrigoran House with the 2016 General Healthcare Centre of the Year Award. The awards ceremony was held on March 11, in Dublin, Ireland at the Royal Marine Hotel. The guest list totaled more than 370 attendees, and the host for the event was Ireland’s award-winning radio and television personality, Marty Whelan. Established in 2002, the Irish Healthcare Award serves as a prestigious honor in the Irish healthcare industry.

The Health and Wellness Centre, Carrigoran House is a center that provides day services that benefit elders from a number of defined catchment areas of County Clare, Ireland. Elderly clients of the Centre enjoy an enhanced quality of life due to the healthy activities and events provided. It is one of the sponsored ministries of the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, Houston, Texas (CCVI). Under the leadership of Sr. Christina Murphy, CCVI, the Centre was opened on April 8, 2013, for use as a day center for the elderly as the latest addition to the continuum of senior services offered at Carrigoran House.

CCVI-Carrigoran-Staff-AwardThe Health and Wellness Centre, Carrigoran House is nurse-managed by Mary O’ Dowd, who is assisted by a number of staff and volunteers. The Centre’s various programs provide seniors with many options each day that include social, creative, fitness and leisure activities. There are intergenerational programs, information technology classes, and physical fitness exercises, among others. The Centre also routinely celebrates local and national events with lively receptions and fanfare.

More than 80 seniors visit the Centre weekly, and a recent survey reported a high satisfaction rating for all aspects of the Centre’s services including transportation, catering, activities, staff and volunteers. In addition to eldercare activities, the Centre also provides work placement support for student nurses from the University of Limerick, Fetac and transition year students from local colleges.

CCVI-CarrigoranAwardandSistersHealth support organizations such as Parkinson’s, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and the Irish Wheelchair Association are facilitated to meet regularly and engage in the activities the Centre has to offer (indoor and outdoor) using a social model of care. Evening classes are also held such as Yoga, Pilates and running which engage with our wider local community.

The Centre is currently developing a Strategic Plan for the next four years that will address the local needs of the Co. Clare community. The future of the Wellness Centre, Carrigoran House is one on continuing to meet the changing needs of the elderly in the local community through care services, education and social engagement.

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