Alone’s COVID-19 support line and services for older people

ALONE have launched a COVID-19 support line, which is available to all older people including those that have never used their services before. Supporting the clinical advice and information being provided by the HSE, ALONE’s support line is available at 0818 222 024 from 8am-8pm, seven days a week.


The ALONE helpline offers advice and support for COVID-19 and other issues that are arising for older people at this time, including difficulties in relation to physical and mental health, loneliness, isolation, finance, safety, and housing. As well as ongoing telephone support, volunteers are also collecting and delivering prescriptions, groceries or other necessary items for the older people. ALONE’s network of support is constantly expanding and evolving to meet the needs of older people throughout Ireland.

They are working in collaboration with Local Authorities and the Local Authority Community Response Forum providing practical supports to older and medically vulnerable people. ALONE’s support line has become the leading national number for ‘Community Call’, an initiative that links local and national Government with the community and voluntary sectors to provide support to older people and those who are at risk at this time. The partnership is crucial in mobilising a rapid response in every county to make sure everyone is looked after.

ALONE have since launched a dedicated referral line for professionals including Home Care Providers, Local Authorities, Local Development Companies, Hospitals, Primary Care, the HSE, GP’s, members of PPN’s and other community services, including pharmacy staff. This referral pathway is operational seven days a week, Monday – Friday 8am – 8pm, Saturday – Sunday 9am – 5pm by calling 01 223 3632. This number is specifically for professionals who wish to make a referral including your own staff, and all older people should continue to phone ALONE’s national support line number at 0818 222 024.

As family members, neighbours and communities return to work, there may be a reduction in supports available to those who are at risk. ALONE has highlighted that physical and mental health difficulties are causing increased challenges for older people, with many calling ALONE’s helpline to say they have fallen or are experiencing illness or pain, but do not want to go to GP surgeries or A&E due to anxiety around contracting COVID-19. Lack of access to chiropody and other services are having a direct impact on people’s ability to leave their home for exercise safely, and many callers indicate deconditioning and point to increasing frailty as a result of cocooning. ALONE have also noted a continuing increase in the number of older people expressing very low mood due to cocooning.

It is not yet know what the full impact of cocooning will have on our older people of Ireland, who are medically and socially vulnerable. So we are encouraging all older people experiencing difficulties to please seek help and for younger people to seek supports for older relatives and neighbours that Alone are offering. For more information visit https://alone.ie/

Carer of the Quarter – August 2019

Huge Congratulations to our ‘Carer of the Quarter’ Jennifer Twum!

Here at myhomecare.ie we believe that hard work deserves recognition. We have an exceptional team that works with us both internally and externally. They are hard working, reliable and willing to go above and beyond to ensure our care recipients and families receive the best quality of care.

As always, our homecare team had a difficult decision in choosing just one! Jennifer stood out because of her dedication towards her work and her caring nature towards her clients. Well done Jennifer. Thank you from everyone at Myhomecare.ie.

Pictured: Jennifer being presented with flowers as a token of our appreciation.

National Carers Week 2018

National Carers Week 2018 

National Carers Week 2018

Monday 11th June – Sunday 17th June 

National Carers Week 2018 was established to highlight and recognise all the selfless carers.  In Ireland, we have a whopping 360,000 family carers. This years National Carers Week is in partnership with The Alzheimer Society of Ireland, The Irish Cancer Society, The Irish Hospice Foundation, MS Ireland, Care Allianz Ireland, Central Remedial Clinic, Acquired Brain Injury Ireland, Disability Federation of Ireland, Family Carers Ireland, St Michael’s House, Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Ireland and Special Needs Parents Association.

Who is a carer?

A carer is an angel without wings. The term ‘carer’ can be used to describe both a paid care worker or a family member providing unpaid personal help and support to an older, disabled person or someone with a long-term illness or health problem. Personal help includes help with basic tasks such as feeding, washing and dressing. A carer could be a man or woman looking after an elderly parent as they feel that it is the right thing to do. It could be a sibling looking after a younger, disabled sibling. It could be someone caring for a terminally-ill friend. Carers come in all different shapes and sizes. There are four types of people – those who have been caregivers, those who currently are caregivers, those who will be caregivers and those who will need caregivers.

What can you do?

The most important thing that you can do is to help a carer you know. If there is a carer in your family let them know that they are doing a wonderful job and that they are appreciated. Caring can have an impact on the carers social life, cause financial strain and can be mentally and physically exhausting. Take the workload off them by sharing the responsibilities between other family members, friends and neighbours. Help them and expect nothing back in return. A happy life is about giving more than you can take. Share blog posts, carer events or information that you see on social media to raise awareness about National Carers Week 2018.

Recognising our carers

Myhomecare would like to say a very special thanks to our dedicated and hard-working carers. We have such an exceptional team of the highest standards that work with us both internally and externally that are always willing to go above and beyond to ensure that only the best quality of care is provided. We would also like to acknowledge all carers across Ireland for their continuous hard-work. This week should encourage others to support carers who they know and give them the well-deserved break that they deserve.

Looking after the carer

The demand for care is increasing as people are living longer and family carers are looking for more support services like help from paid carers. Due to their dedication and nature, carers tend to neglect their own needs as they focus on the patient. This often leads to burnout or stress. The exhaustion from this stress can result in the reduction in the quality of care being delivered by the carer. To be able to care for someone else you need to look after yourself too.

Get help

It is important that if you feel you are experiencing signs of stress that you identify it and use techniques that help you unwind. If you are experiencing long-term stress that is affecting your health you should visit your doctor. Talk to someone and ask for help. People don’t like to burden others with their problems but speaking to someone can relieve tension and they might even be able to offer a solution to help.

Nationwide Events

Thu 14 Jun Louth Carers Support Group Exhibition
Details Louth Family Carers Support Group will mark Carers Week 2018 on June 14th from 1.45pm to 4pm.

Located in the Westcourt Hotel, Drogheda, the Louth Family Carers Support Group will present an afternoon dedicated to Carers issues.

This is a free event, and all are welcome to attend and join in recognising the valuable role carers play.

The local Redcross Community organisation will be one of the key exhibitors, and they will be showcasing their specially designed Carers App.

 

Location Westcourt Hotel, Drogheda
County Louth
Organiser Louth Family Carers Support Group
Contact Details 087 316 1323

louthfamilycarers@gmail.com

For a full list of nationwide events you can visit: http://www.carersweek.ie/events

To keep up to date with content about National Carers Week check our social pages

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/myhomecare/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/myhomecare/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/myhomecare_ie

 

 

Cycle for Brother Kevin 15th & 16th June 2018

Cycle for Brother Kevin 2018

Friday 15th & Saturday 16th June

in aid of the Capuchin Centre for homelessness

Left-right: Deirdre Doyle (Myhomecare), Brother Kevin Crowley (Capuchin Centre), Gary Moran (Cycle committee) and Shannan Carroll (Myhomecare) in the weeks before Cycle for Brother Kevin 2018 

Myhomecare sponsoring Cycle for Brother Kevin for the 3rd consecutive year

About the Cycle

Initially called ‘The Great Escape’, ‘Cycle for Brother Kevin’ was established in 2010 by cyclists Fergal Flynn and Paul Kelly. It is a 300km, 2-day charity cycle event to raise funds for The Capuchin Centre for homelessness. The cycle takes place on Friday 15th June departing from the Capuchin Centre on Bow Street, Dublin and finishes on Saturday 16th June arriving in Belmullet Co. Mayo, stopping overnight in Leitrim.

Myhomecare offices nationwide have been collecting for the fundraiser. Our Dundalk office are holding a ‘Spinathon’ in The Marshes Shopping Centre on Thursday 14th June from 10 am – 5 pm. Staff will take turns on an exercise bike to raise funds for the cycle. All funds raised will go directly towards the Capuchin Centre.

The Capuchin Centre 

Inspired by St Francis of Assisi, The Capuchin Centre is a food and day care centre for the homeless of Dublin run by the Irish Capuchin Franciscan Order. Founded by Brother Kevin Crowley 1969, the centre served soup and sandwiches to around 50 people in need. It has since become the biggest food centre providing clothes, medical, hygiene and social services to those in need. Around 300 breakfasts, 600 dinners and 1,700 food parcels are provided to men, women and children each day. The centre costs €3 million to run annually and would be impossible to run without fundraising.

Myhomecare Fundraisers

Left-right: Shannan Carroll (Myhomecare recruiter) and Grainne Ryan (Myhomecare Assessor) fundraising on Grafton St, Co. Dublin 

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Left-right: Debbie O’Flaherty (Myhomecare recruiter) and Sheena Higgins (Myhomecare Assessor) fundraising on Shop Street, Co. Galway 

Our Cork fundraiser will take place on Patrick’s Street Wednesday 13th June and our Dundalk fundraiser will take place in The Marshes Shopping Centre on Thursday 14th June. Any little donation or cheering and encouragement helps.

Meet the Cyclists 

Myhomecare staff have been training hard for the past number of months. Taking part in the cycle are – Myhomecare CEO Declan Murphy, Declan’s sons Ross and Ultan, brother-in-law James Hynes and Myhomecare recruiter from the west Debbie O’Flaherty. Originally from Belmullet in Co. Mayo this is Declan’s third year sponsoring and taking part in Cycle for Brother Kevin. Last year we raised about €100,000.

Declan Murphy (CEO) 

Fundraising page: https://www.ifundraise.ie/4223_declan-4-brother-kevin.html

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Ross Murphy 

Left-right Brother Kevin Crowley and Ross Murphy at the Cycle for Brother Kevin 2017 at The Capuchin Day Centre in Dublin, getting ready to head off on the cycle. 

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Ultan Murphy 

Left-right: Ultan after completing a 22km trail run along the North Downs Way in the Surry Hills, preparing for the upcoming cycle. 

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Debbie O’Flaherty 

Pictured: Debbie on the far right with the Galway cycling club 

Debbie is our Myhomecare recruiter from the West. Debbie has a cycling Ireland Licence and is also a part of the Galway Bay Club. The only lady on our team; Debbie is setting the pace for the men.

Cycling Ireland – Guide to cycling on the road:

http://www.cyclingireland.ie/downloads/ci%20ride%20leader%20-%20guide%20to%20cycling%20on%20the%20road.pdf

 

Pope Francis to visit The Capuchin Centre in August 

Pope Francis is planning a visit to the centre while on his trip to Ireland in August. Speaking to Newstalk Brother Kevin said: “I’m so delighted, and I think it’s absolutely fantastic, that none other than Pope Francis himself is arriving to Capuchin Day Centre. I think that’s a huge, huge honour for the people in need, and for the homeless people.”

For more information on Myhomecare, you can visit our website: www.myhomecareie.wpengine.com or Facebook Page: myhomecareie.wpengine.com  To donate, please visit our fundraising page ‘Declan 4 Brother Kevin’ on www.ifundraise.ie

 

The Cycle:

http://www.cycleforbrokevin.ie/

The Capuchin Centre:

http://www.capuchindaycentre.ie/Capuchin_Day_Centre_2013/Capuchin_Day_Centre_for_Homeless_People.html