DHHS Announces Nursing Home 'Quality of Life' Award Winners

Concord, NH - The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is recognizing nursing homes around New Hampshire for quality of life initiatives through the Quality of Life Awards Program. This is the second annual Quality of Life Awards Celebration; the goal of the program is to celebrate innovative quality of life initiatives.

The Quality of Life Council, which was formed in 2006, is once again organizing the awards celebration. "The Council has been instrumental in recognizing the ways nursing homes around New Hampshire have been changing their facilities to help give their residents a better quality of life," stated DHHS Commissioner Nicholas Toumpas. "Although we're recognizing your efforts with this program, we know this is a year long effort, and that you are doing things everyday to enhance the lives of your residents. We applaud the work nursing homes are doing to implement programs that give people better choices, more flexible schedules, better access to their communities, and opportunities to try new activities."

The Quality of Life Council is awarding four nursing homes this year with a Quality of Life Award. The nursing homes are: The Edgewood Centre (Portsmouth), Grafton County Nursing Home (North Haverhill), Havenwood-Heritage Heights (Concord) and Mount Carmel and Rehabilitation Center (Manchester).

Out of the 89 nursing homes across the State, thirty-eight homes applied for the Quality of Life Award through an application process. The application process focuses on four domains: Resident Care and Choice, Staff Empowerment, Home Environment and Community Involvement. Eight finalists were identified. The Quality of Life Travel Team, an independent review panel, then conducted site visits at each of the eight nursing homes. These site visits included a meeting with the nursing home's leadership team, a tour, dining with residents, and confidential interviews with staff, residents and family members. After the site visits, the winners were then selected.

Through this program nursing homes have been able to share their ideas with each other. DHHS encourages each organization to continue on their mission to make a difference in the lives of the seniors they serve.

This year's award winners will be recognized at a luncheon celebration Friday April 18, 2008 at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord, New Hampshire.