A Connemara care home has become the first nursing home in the west of Ireland to win a prestigious industry award for excellence. Áras Chois Fharraige, in An Spidéal, was recognised at the Irish Accommodation Services Institute (IASI) Awards on January 31 for its quality, hygiene and cleanliness.
The IASI awards recognise excellence in accommodation provision for hotels, hospital and nursing homes.
Katie Folan, social care co-ordinator at Áras Chois Fharraige, said: ‘This award is a testament to the hard work of all 40 members of our care team. It recognises their commitment to excellence and to ensuring the highest standards across all areas.’
The 42-bed care home is a previous winner of the nationwide Local Authority Managers Association award for Best Private Nursing Home, after being nominated by Galway County Council. The LAMA award was presented in recognition of outstanding design that facilitates a resident-friendly environment.
Ms Folan said: ‘It’s nice to get official recognition for the home, but our primary focus is on our residents and what they tell us. Our 2015 client satisfaction survey was conducted during the same week as the IASI Awards, so that was our main interest at the time.’
The survey measured resident satisfaction on 10 criteria, such as the overall quality of care and how appetising and nutritious the food is.
Ms Folan said: ‘The positive results of our client satisfaction survey were more important to us than winning any award. Overall our residents and their relatives gave us 97% of the total marks possible on the survey, which is a fantastic endorsement from those we care for.’