NH DHHS Announces “Quality of Life” Award Winners

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is announcing an awards celebration to recognize this year’s recipients of the “Quality of Life” Awards. The goal of this celebration is to foster and recognize quality of life initiatives and improvements at nursing homes around New Hampshire

The Quality of Life Council, which was formed in 2006, is awarding four nursing homes with a Quality of Life Award this year. The recipients are: The Edgewood Centre (Portsmouth), Glencliff Home for the Elderly (Glencliff), Hanover Hill Health Care Center (Manchester) and Peabody Home (Franklin). This is the third annual Quality of Life Awards Celebration.

“We applaud the efforts of nursing homes across our State as they work to improve the quality of care and life for their residents,” said DHHS Commissioner Nicholas Toumpas. “We know you are taking steps each and every day to enhance the lives of your residents. We are also very pleased to hear our own Glencliff home was one of this year’s recipients. The staff at Glencliff are extremely dedicated and compassionate to the residents and this award is a testament to their hard work.”

The application process focuses on several areas including: resident empowerment, resident care and choice, home environment and community involvement. An independent review panel evaluates all the applications and eight finalists were selected. Then a separate travel team visits each of the finalists to evaluate the facilities and select the winners.

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 celebration Tuesday, September 29, 2009 at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester, New Hampshire.