Don Conroy launches Nursing Homes Week 2019

Friday June 7, 2019

Artworks by 1,000+ nursing home residents to go on display across the country




Nursing Home Residents across Ireland are preparing for a week of celebrations as part of Nursing Homes Week 2019, which takes place from Monday 10th to Sunday June 16th, with nursing home residents, as well as their families, friends, staff and many others, set to participate in a host of fun activities.

With art is a central theme of this year’s celebrations, Irish artist Don Conroy was on hand at the Nursing Homes Week launch, which took place at Knockrobin Hill Nursing Home, Wicklow Town. ‘In Residence’ is an exhibition of artworks by nursing home residents that will be on display in over 130 nursing homes around Ireland throughout the week.

Tadhg Daly, Nursing Homes Ireland CEO said: “Nursing Homes Week 2019 will bring together an exceptional series of exhibitions across Ireland to mark Nursing Homes Week 2019.  In Residence will see over one hundred nursing homes displaying over 1,000 artworks created by nursing home residents. Art fulfils an essential role on a day-to-day basis in providing nursing home residents with therapeutic care and joyous activity. We expect visitors to nursing homes to take great joy in viewing these creations.

“Nursing Homes Week celebrates the remarkable people living in our nursing homes and the people who dedicate themselves to providing them with excellent care.  Residents in our nursing homes continue to make a tremendous contribution to society. They bring to it tremendous knowledge and wisdom and wider society can learn from values they hold. Tremendous happiness, inspiration and pride is brought to the lives of the people who engage with nursing home residents.

“During Nursing Homes Week we also celebrate the thousands of people in our nursing homes who are supporting residents on a round-the-clock basis.   Staff in our nursing homes provide residents with fantastic care, support and assurance, enhancing the lives of these people entrusted in their care.”

Over 200 nursing homes are hosting celebrations during Nursing Homes Week. These vary from more ‘traditional’ celebrations such as family days, live music and dance, garden parties, culture events and celebrations with local schools. More unique celebrations include cocktail and mad hatter parties, the visit of brass and army bands, a multi-home boccia tournament, 1930s tea dance, Hawaiian themed-party, vintage car displays and yoga.