Double Celebrations As Orwell House Wins Nursing Homes Ireland Care Awards


Orwell House Nursing Home in Rathgar paid tribute to two of its staff who were singled out at the Nursing Homes Ireland Care Awards for their outstanding commitment to their residents.

Gerard Griffin has worked at Orwell House for the past 12 years and was the overall winner in the Carers category. Sandra Carey joined Orwell House three years ago and was a nominated finalist in the Catering and Nutrition category. The awards were presented to the winners by President Mary McAleese in December 2010 at a gala dinner attended by over 450 people in City West Hotel, Dublin. The NHI Care Awards are designed to recognise and reward the contributions made by those living and working in nursing homes nationwide.

Both Gerard and Sandra said they were delighted and humbled by receiving national recognition for their work at Orwell House. The awards, they said, were a resounding endorsement of the commitment they show on a daily basis to residents at Orwell House in a profession that rarely gets the recognition it deserves.

Gerard Griffin Winner of Nursing Homes of Ireland Carer of the Year Award 2010


There are times in this life when it’s nice to be recognized for what you do. It’s not that you should be singled out as being better than anybody else – it’s just to know that what you do does make a meaningful difference to people’s lives.

Winning the overall Carer of the Year award means a lot to me. It was a truly proud moment; not just for me, but for my family and colleagues at Orwell House and all those who give everything to caring for those in nursing home care throughout the country.

The award meant something to a lot of people – people who have always supported me in what I do and why I do it. In a way, it was a means of saying thanks to those closest to me; my wife Helfra, my mum Frances, my sister Michelle, my bosses Peter and Dr Mary Jones an all my colleagues at Orwell House. And I know too that my late father Thomas would have been so proud of me. I’ve no doubt he was there in spirit to see it happen.

For some, awards may seem little more than honouring one individual in some particular sector. But it is much more than that. Because what these awards do is give recognition to the work we do as health care assistants. We are, very often, the unsung heroes.

How true it is that a little praise goes along way. It’s all about teamwork throughout Orwell House and our goal always has been and still remains to promote person-centered care for our residents. Senior citizens in nursing home care are not statistics. Each and every one of them are individuals whose dignity must be respected every single day, every single moment and as much as is humanly possible.

I have worked for over twelve years caring for the residents of Orwell House predominately in the High Dependency Unit. We like to promote a homely feeling in the unit, whilst simultaneously providing top-class clinical and personal care. We are always open to fresh and new ideas and the development of our skills. But I am only one of a team of care assistants in Orwell House and I feel very honoured and privileged to be the person proposed by the management for this prestigious award.

It has always been my view that in order to promote person-centered care, it is vital that whatever the resident is able to do, let them do it for themselves. This gives them self-worth and independence. Every single day I see how little extra things – a smile, a hand held, a softly-spoken word, a little bit of encouragement – can give a resident and a family member a feeling of support and security that helps them through their day. In turn, I go home feeling fulfilled and happy.

Caring for those who cannot care for themselves is more than a job. As carers, we try to put ourselves in their shoes. There is a huge and proper onus on each of us to treat residents the way we would like to be treated ourselves. It is no more than they deserve. In other words, I Gerard, really do care.’

– Gerard Griffin, Orwell House, January 2011

Nursing Homes Ireland Carer of the Year Awards


Orwell House Healthcare Assistant, Agnese Liepina who was one of 3 finalists in Nursing Homes Ireland Carer of the Year Award 2013. (4th on the right).

Presentation Ceremony at Orwell Healthcare

Pictured at a recent Presentation Ceremony at Orwell Healthcare were Edit (7 years), Lizzie (23 years) and Philomena (26 years) some of the recipients of longtime service awards.

Edit Award
Lizzie 2

Awards Night

See what some of our current staff think about working at Orwell

‘Having qualified in Romania I came to Dublin to advance my career opportunities over 3 years ago.  Initially I worked at Orwell for 6 months as a HCA while improving my English, I then acquired my Irish Nurse Registration and began as a Staff Nurse in the Acquired Brain Injury Unit.  I have since been promoted to a Clinical Nurse Manager.  Orwell Healthcare has given me every opportunity of advancement and I’m grateful for that’.

-Luta, Clinical Nurse Manager, June 2019.

‘I’ve been at Orwell Healthcare for the last 3 years. I would recommend Orwell Healthcare to anyone considering a career as a Nurse or Health Care Assistant  in Ireland.  The management have always been very supportive and encouraging’.

-George, Staff Nurse, June 2019.

“My experience in Ireland is wonderful. I’ve been here for eight months. Dublin is a multicultural city. I have met many people of different nationalities. My work experience at Orwell Healthcare is certainly positive. I was given the chance to start working as a Health Care Assistant and then, when I was ready, I started working as a nurse. This obviously increased my responsibilities, my duties and my salary. I’m really happy about this experience and would recommend Orwell Healthcare to all my Italian colleagues.”

-L. Crisetti, Staff Nurse, Dublin. October 2015.

“I would like to invite every single student for an experience in Ireland to see this fabulous place with their eyes. The Irish people are very kind and available whenever you need something. I’m very happy to have this amazing experience in Orwell Healthcare. The staff are incredible and they help us with everything. I haven’t words to describe how much kindness my colleagues have with me. Sometimes I think that I’m very lucky to decide to come here.”

– F. Santini, Staff Nurse, Dublin. October 2015.

“I currently live in Dublin, which is a perfect place to live and work. The rest of Ireland is very similar. It is a cosmopolitan, quiet and welcoming city.  The people are very friendly, respectful and always willing to help you. In relation to work, the salary is better in Ireland and employers look after their employees. They provide a lot of training to do the job and improve your skills. At the beginning, when you start a new life in another country it is hard, but it becomes an amazing experience.”

– M. Belinchon Tajeiro, Staff Nurse, Dublin.  October 2015.

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