Winner: Clareville Centre, Dublin City
Clareville Centre promotes physical, emotional and educational needs of the elderly from Clareville Court and surrounding areas, fostering independent living in the community. Our Service is that of a hospitable community, a community, which is accessible, amenable, compassionate, friendly, favourable to life and growth, generous, kind open minded, receptive, sociable and welcoming. The entire building and grounds are wheelchair friendly with dished paths and wheelchair parking. There are nine specially built dwellings suitable for wheelchair users including a second bedroom for a personal assistant/ carer. The staff includes: manager, assistant manager, office administrator, care staff, kitchen staff and bus drivers. There are structured links to: Health Service Executive, Dublin City Council, Solas (FÁS), Community Garda, Pobal, Community Development Agency, Civil Service Benevolent Fund, National Lottery, Dublin Bus and Public representatives. Activities at Clareville are designed to involve the older person and people who are physically and mentally challenged, for example: art, computers, music therapy, crafts and jewellery making.
The winning entry having captured the hearts and minds of the judges showed an excellent caring group of highly committed people from all walks of life. It demonstrated what the judges believe is a model of best practice in caring for the elderly in their own place. Here was shown the attention to all aspects of the older person’s needs in a dignified and high quality environment. The emphasis on detail and on the provision of real opportunities for care staff to develop their skills make this project special.
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