Clara Hutchinson and Brian Fisher
Two Carlow nursing home staff - Clara Hutchinson and Brian Fisher - are finalists at this year's Nursing Homes Ireland Care Awards 2018.
Brian Fisher is shortlisted in the Nursing Home Ancillary Worker Award category and works in Sonas Nursing Home Tullow.
He started working in the home from grass roots stage in 2006.
He had huge responsibility from the very start of his career and embraced his role in making their home to the state of the art facility it is today.
Brian used his knowledge of carpentry and building experience to transform the home to the highest of specification.
In the twelve years of working with Sonas (formerly Glendale) Nursing Home Brian has always ensured that the health and safety of our residents came first.
Clara Hutchinson of Signature Care Killerig is a finalist in the Nursing Home Community Initiative Award.
She is employed as Activities Co-Ordinator with Signature Care Killerig since 2017. Having obtained a MA in Music Therapy from the University of Limerick, Clara believes in the power of music in bringing people together.
Clara set up a weekly community choir for residents of the nursing home, children from the local primary school and members of the wider community.
She approaches her work with creativity and enthusiasm and has been teaching and lecturing in the uses of music in healthcare for many years.
Clara is currently developing a performance space within the nursing home for community events and concerts.
The awards take place this Thursday at the Citywest Hotel, Dublin and Clara and Brian are two of 27 finalists in all across a range of disciplines.