22 Sep 2015

Sonas Cloverhill Shortlisted for Nursing Homes Ireland Award

22 Sep 2015

Shirley Larkin Director of Care Sonas Cloverhill

Shirley Larkin Director of Care Sonas Cloverhill

Shirley Larkin Director of Care finalist in Innovations in Dementia Care Award

Sonas Cloverhill Shortlisted for Nursing Homes Ireland Award.  Sonas Cloverhill is set in a rural environment outside Roscommon town with 53 beds and 14 independent living homes. The nursing home operates the Tealghlach or Household Model of Care. It is one of only 54 homes, specialising in delivering care for the complex needs of persons with dementia. (DSIDC 2015)

The environment, designed to meet the needs of each resident; three distinct households; Ardkieran, Cams and Emlagh, names of local townlands chosen to reflect their locality.

Roscommon has the highest number of older people and the highest number of people with Dementia in Ireland. It has no Memory Clinic. Sonas Cloverhill offers a positive and unique approach which is inspiring.  Daily life is resident focused, with unique schedules, individual likes and dislikes catered for, meaningful activities and day trips reflecting residents’ interests. They choose their own morning and night routines, what they want to wear, to eat and their own favourite chair, just like at home.

Shirley started her career working in her family’s nursing home Manor Court in Castlerea, Co Roscommon and feels blessed to provide care for older adults with varied acute and chronic conditions. Shirley Larkin, a GMIT alumna, brings a wealth of experience to working with older people. With over 25 years of experience, her rich and varied professional career has included staff management, administrative, and nursing positions.

A native of Roscommon she is following her lifelong calling as a professional nurse and Director of Care in Sonas, Cloverhill.

She loves nursing but found true satisfaction when she implemented the Household Model of Care, improving the quality of life for all residents especially those with dementia.

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