Gerry Cogan has been nominated for a Nursing Home Ireland award.

Multyfarnham maintenance manager up for award

Nursing Homes Ireland (NHI) have announced that one representative from Westmeath has been shortlisted a Nursing Home Ireland Care Award.

Gerry Cogan, a maintenance manager with the Newbrook Nursing Home Group, has been selected as one of 24 finalists across a range of disciplines within the nursing home sector who are going forward to the national awards ceremony final that will take place Tuesday November 7 in the Mansion House's Round Room.

Out of more than 200 nominations submitted to the awards process, which recognises excellence in nursing home care, Gerry who has been working in Newbrook since 2014, says chatting to the residents and hearing the stories they have to tell, is a heartwarming side to his work.

"I am working in Newbrook since 2014 and every day is different. I like to see things done right, fixed properly and in working order," explains Gerry. "I enjoy conversations with the residents when doing a job in their room, from hanging a picture, fixing something or asking them to choose a paint colour for their bedroom. I hear their stories, where they are from and what they worked at. They are always amazed at how well the job turns out when I am finished. I feel I make a difference in the nursing home, and all the staff and residents know me by my name," he finsihes.

Irish television personality Mary Kennedy will MC the awards ceremony, and out from the 24 finalists, eight overall winners will be announced and honoured at the prestigious awards ceremony for their exceptional dedication to nursing home care. “Congratulations to Gerry for reaching the finals of the 2023 Nursing Homes Ireland Care Awards in association with Home Care Medical," states Tadhg Daly, NHI CEO. "It is a remarkable achievement and well-deserved, with nominations pouring in from nursing homes all over the country. The applications consistently displayed exceptional excellence; therefore, being a finalist represents outstanding recognition and is truly an honour for those going forward. The staff and residents of the nursing homes should take immense pride in the finalists' accomplishment in reaching this stage.

"The NHI Care Awards serve as a celebration of the outstanding care provided by dedicated individuals and care teams in our 382 Member nursing homes across communities in Ireland. They recognize the extraordinary commitment of staff and nursing homes in meeting and exceeding the health and social care needs of nursing home residents.”

A full list of the finalists and further information can be found here