Press Release

Minister Hoctor Presents Sonas Award to St Monica’s Nursing Home

Máire Hoctor TD, Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children with responsibility for Older People, today (10th January 2008), presented the first ever Sonas aPc award to St Monica’s Nursing Home.

Sonas aPc provides training for those who care for older people with dementia or intellectual disabilities. The training enables them to carry out therapeutic communication activities. The aim of Sonas is to activate each individual’s potential for communication whatever that potential might be.

This award is in recognition of St Monica’s commitment to implementing the Sonas aPc Programme.

Speaking at the presentation Minister Hoctor stated that “the staff of St Monica’s have shown great leadership in implementing this initiative. Their endeavours have undoubtedly had a hugely beneficial effect, not only on the lives of the residents, but also on the lives of their families and friends.”