Home Instead Senior Care claims top service Franchise Award

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On Friday, October 11th at the Clyde Court Hotel in Dublin, the winners of the Ulster Bank Irish Franchise Association Awards 2013 were announced. 
The awards recognise excellence in franchising and reward the outstanding achievements of businesses and individuals in the franchise industry.  Established over 20 years ago, the franchise awards are one of the longest standing and most prestigious business events in Ireland.  Over 230 guests attended the black-tie gala event hosted by Newstalk’s Jonathan Healy and officiated by John Perry, TD, Minister for Small Business. 
The Franchise of the Year (Service) accolade went to Home Instead Senior Care, which is the world’s leading provider of non-medical, in-home services to seniors, with over 1,000 branches throughout the world. 
Danette Connolly brought the successful franchise operation to Waterford in 2009 and today the Waterford office has cared for over 800 clients, employs 70 CAREGivers along with an office support team of 7, including 3 nurses.
Danette Connolly, Director of Care, Home Instead Senior Care, was delighted with the national franchise award.  “The Home Instead Senior Care is now a nationally recognised award-winning franchise.  That is simply down to the hard work and commitment of the Home Instead teams across the country.”
“Speaking from my own experience in Waterford our philosophy is to give seniors the chance to lead a full, independent life in their own homes.  Our CAREGivers have shown time and time again that caring is not just a job, but a vocation and they have all gone above and beyond the call of duty to ensure our clients reach and maintain independence.  We are lucky to have such a wonderful team of CAREGivers in Waterford and this award is testament to their dedication.”
“By simply being with a senior who needs help getting to the shops, preparing meals or just by providing companionship, the work of the CAREGiver is invaluable and really does enhance the lives of those in our care.”
The judging panel for the 2013 Ulster Bank Irish Franchise Association Awards included Irish Dragon and Newstalk Presenter Bobby Kerr; Orna Stokes, Senior Manager, SME Propositions, Ulster Bank; Orla Nugent, Director Executive MBA, UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School; Greg Swift of Dublin County Enterprise Board, Michael Bradley, former CEO of the Irish Franchise Association and Siobhan Lennon, Commercial Director of the Sunday Business Post. 
To find out more about the services provided by Home Instead Senior Care Waterford you can visit www.homeinstead.ieor call 051 333966.