Keep Well This Winter

Keep Well This Winter

Winter in Ireland is a gloomy time of year. The dark days can be lonely and it’s easy to get sick or have weather related accidents. Each winter, vulnerable people are more susceptible to hospital visits which can put pressure on emergency departments and acute hospitals.

Cold air and gloomy skies can make anyone feel less cheerful during the winter months. However, depression can have an outsized effect on seniors and their long-term mental health. Creating opportunities for socialization and finding joyful moments isn’t just for fun – it can help foster critical connection and combat loneliness. There are a variety of uplifting activities that can be enjoyed during the winter months. These include movie nights, and getting outside on a rare sunny day.

It’s important for everyone to stay safe this winter, but it is particularly important for older adults so stay safe. Older adults can lose body heat fast—faster than when they were young. Changes in your body that come with aging can make it harder for you to be aware of getting cold. A big chill can turn into a dangerous problem before an older person even knows what’s happening. Doctors call this serious problem hypothermia.

What is Hypothermia?

Hypothermia is a medical condition that occurs when your body temperature drops below 35°C. When this happens, the body’s internal organs don’t work properly. This can cause serious health problems, such as heart failure.

Older adults are especially at risk for developing hypothermia. This is because their bodies are not as efficient at regulating temperature and they may be more vulnerable to the cold due to age-related changes in body composition, such as reduced muscle mass. Older adults may also lack the awareness of how to protect themselves from the cold and may not recognize early signs of hypothermia, such as confusion or shivering.

The best way to keep older adults safe this winter is to prevent hypothermia before it starts. This means dressing warmly in layers and avoiding prolonged exposure to cold temperatures, especially when windy or wet. It’s also important to ensure that the home is adequately

5 Ways to Stay Well This Winter


1. Wrap up warm – Make sure you wrap up well when going out, as cold weather can increase the risk of illnesses such as colds and flu. Wear several layers of clothing to help keep your body temperature steady and wear a hat, scarf and gloves when necessary

2. Eat well – Eating nutritious meals is essential for maintaining a healthy immune system. Choose nutrient-dense foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins to stay energized and help ward off winter illnesses.

3. Stay active – Regular exercise can help boost your immune system, reduce stress and make you feel better in general. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity, such as walking or cycling, for five days a week.

4. Get enough sleep – Lack of sleep can make you more susceptible to illnesses. Aim for seven to nine hours of good quality sleep each night and try to stick to regular sleeping patterns throughout the winter months.

5. Stay social – Socializing with family and friends can help reduce stress and make you feel more connected. Try to arrange regular catch-ups with people, whether virtually or in person, depending on the local restrictions. Doing activities together such as online quizzes, walks or watching a movie are all great ways to pass the time and stay social during the winter months

By following these tips, older adults can stay healthy and safe during the winter months. It’s important to take care of yourself in order to avoid any illnesses or health risks caused by cold weather. Stay warm, eat nutritiously and enjoy the company of family and friends this winter!

How Myhomecare Can Help

Our goal is to provide uplifting home care that benefits those who need caring and their families. tailor-made home care services and packages cover a wide range of services from basic home help and befriending to advanced nursing care and supported hospital discharge.

Our home care service doesn’t stop at providing nurses or carers. Myhomecare can offer routine medical services such as vaccinations or pharmacy delivery in the comfort of your own home. We also work with medical practitioners and suppliers to provide a wide range of supportive solutions such as home adaptations, essential medical supplies and partnership with your primary care team.

So if you are looking for someone to assist you with shopping, 24 homecare packages or nursing care for a loved one, contact us today here.

How Isaac Care Can Help

Isaac Care’s aim is to lower hospital visits as care can be given at home instead. Isaac’s early intervention at the first sign of declining health prevents the need for hospital admissions, creates a reduction in readmission rates and reduces demand for GP visits.

Isaac Fall Alarm connects to the Isaac Care app providing real time updates to families. It ensures there is help when you need it, whenever you need it. It is also a GPS enabled fall alarm and is ideal for people of all ages who are concerned about their wellbeing and safety both at home, and while out and about. You can find out more about the Isaac Care Fall Alarm here.

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Our dedicated team are on hand to assist you in any way.

International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) 2022

International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2022

Today is International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD), a day that was proclaimed in 1992 by the United Nations General Assembly resolution. The team at Myhomecare recognise this as a very important day and how people with disabilities deserve to have their dignity, rights and general well-being met. Servisource are equal opportunities employers and welcome applicants from all backgrounds. We recognise that a diverse and inclusive workplace will better our relationships and services with our clients, our candidates, our communities and one another. We want you to Be You, Be Kind, and Be Proud.

The theme this year is “Transformative solutions for inclusive development: the role of innovation in fueling an accessible and equitable world”, which aims to bring awareness towards disabilities of all kinds and to promote an understanding of the issues surrounding disability.

Disability can be defined as a mental health, sensory, intellectual or physical condition that restricts a person’s activities, senses or movements. It is important to recognise the unique challenges people living with a disability face on a daily basis.

This year’s theme is based around 3 different topics:

  • Innovation for disability inclusive development in employment:  Linkages between employment, knowledge and skills required to access employment in an innovative, rapidly changing technological landscape to all.
  • Innovation for disability inclusive development in reducing inequality: Innovations, practical tools and good practices to reduce inequalities in both public and private sectors, which are disability inclusive and interested in promoting diversity in the workplace. 
  • Innovation for disability inclusive development: A sector where all of these aspects coalesce; sport as a good practice example and a site of innovation, employment and equity. 

Challenges People with Disabilities Face

Recognising and becoming aware of the challenges facing people with disabilities is the first step in creating an equal society that can cater to their needs in both a work and home environment. These challenges can be social, educational and economic. Let’s have a look at these in more detail.

  • Social Challenges

Social isolation is a huge factor and one of the most severe challenges facing people with disabilities today. Community engagement can be difficult for people with mental impairments which is then exacerbated in rural areas where access to group activities isn’t so accessible. This is why community activities should be in an environment that suits everybody and are as accessible as can be.

  • Educational Challenges

Students or teachers may be faced with a lack of access such as ramps or elevators within an educational setting. Some institutions may not have adequate funding for special needs support and so they struggle with keeping up with their peers. At Myhomecare we provide premium community care services to children with both special needs and special care requirements throughout Ireland which you can see on our brochure.

  • Economic Challenges

People with disabilities also report being paid less than their colleagues despite having similar qualifications. Businesses are encouraged to hire people with disabilities and with matching them to jobs that suit their skill sets. They should have the same opportunities as co-workers and be treated equally within any workforce. At Servisource, we make sure everyone is included and that awareness around disability and inclusivity is spread throughout the company. This means awareness talks are arranged by experts and guest speakers that employees can take part in.

Did You Know?

  • Around 15% of the worlds population live with disabilities
  • An Estimated 286 million of the worlds working-age people have some kind of disability
  • People with disabilities are the world’s largest minority

How Myhomecare Caters to Your Needs and Disabilities

At Myhomecare, tailor-made homecare services are available which enables clients to be looked after in the best possible way that suits their needs because we know that disabilities come in all shapes and forms. We also work with medical practitioners and suppliers to provide a wide range of supportive solutions such as:

  • Home Adaptations
  • Essential Medical Supplies
  • Partnership with your Primary Care Team

Allowing clients to be as independent as possible is what Myhomecare deems extremely important and they want to make life as easy as possible for each individual. Our homecare services include Domestic Home Help, Paediatric Care as well as Palliative Care. You can find out more about our care services here.

Myhomecare has a combined approach to care and technology whereby our caregivers and nurses promote the use of app technology with the following features to provide you or your loved one with the utmost of care. This is why they have partnered with the Isaac Care app, which caters to an array of disabilities. The app offers a range of free features including:

  • Appointment reminders
  • Medication reminders
  • Fall alarm
  • Vitals monitoring

You can find out more about the easy-to-use Isaac Care app and all of its assistive technology features here.

How to Access our Care

We want to make accessing healthcare as easy as possible so here is our 4-step guide

  • Free consultation to assess the nature and level of care needed.
  • Design a care plan to meet your individual requirements with the advice, care and support of the MDT.
  • Assign a homecare team to match your needs.
  • Our dedicated Homecare Nurse Manager will continuously monitor and review the service delivery to ensure you are entirely satisfied with the care provided.

You can contact us to find your local Myhomecare office and you or your loved one can begin their journey into care with our team.

Get in Touch

Our dedicated team are on hand to assist you in any way.
Contact us on +1 800 400 900 or email us info@myhomecare.ie and one of our team will be in touch.

National Carers Week – MyHomeCare 2022

National Carers Week

Monday 13th June – Sunday 19th June

Carers Week is all about highlighting and supporting all the work that carers do. This year National Carers Week is in partnership with The Alzheimers Society of Ireland, Acquired Brain Injury Ireland, Care Alliance Ireland, Disability Federation of Ireland, Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Ireland, CRC (Central Remedial Clinic), Irish Cancer Society, The Irish Hospice Foundation, MS Ireland, St. Michaels House, Jack and Jill and We Love To Talk.

This years tagline is #MakingCaringVisible. So, to celebrate, MyHomeCare has decided to shine the spotlight on just a few of our amazing carers.

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Meet Brigid Shearman from Co. Louth  

“I discovered a different side to myself! The variety of clients and their needs makes this profession very interesting and humbling”

How long have you worked as a Carer?

I have been working as a Carer for 10 years.

Why did you choose a caring profession? 

I was working as a civil servant when my partner was diagnosed with MND and while living through this with him I discovered a different side of myself. I gave him dignity, understanding, and patience. I started to think outside the box, little things like leaving the toothpaste tube slightly open so he wasn’t dependent on me for everything. When he passed away, I made my career change and qualified as a healthcare assistant. I have never looked back. 

How long have you been a member of the MyHomecare Team? 

Nearly 2 years now.

What do you enjoy most about being a Carer? 

What I love about being a carer are the clients. I am a people person and I love putting clients at ease in their own homes. The variety of clients and their needs makes this profession very interesting and humbling. 

Do you have any advice for someone who would like a career in care? 

Anyone thinking about joining this profession should think long and hard. Don’t do it on a whim. It takes skill, patience, understanding, and great communication to be a carer and to have job satisfaction. 

Meet Lisa Brazil from Kilkenny 

“Knowing that your time with them makes a huge difference to their day and that they look forward to seeing you is such a great feeling.”

How long have you worked as a Carer?

I have worked in healthcare for 19 years, working in home and residential settings. 

Why did you choose a caring profession? 

I chose caring as a career as I really enjoy the company of people and the work is so varied.  

How long have you been a member of the MyHomecare Team? 

Just over two years. 

What do you enjoy most about being a Carer? 

I enjoy working as a carer for my homecare. I am so lucky to meet such lovely, interesting people. Each day I learn something new.  

You build great working relationships when you are supporting people daily. It’s so rewarding for me to be part of enabling people to remain at home and lead an independent life as much as possible and take control over their own care.

Knowing that your time with them makes a huge difference to their day and that they look forward to seeing you is such a great feeling. You support people through all emotions from feeling sad to being there at the saddest times and then the most wonderful happy times. I always feel good at the end of my working day to know I have done my best and have left people happy, comfortable, and safe. I look forward to a new day tomorrow.

Do you have any advice for someone who would like a career in care? 

I would say to anyone that enjoys meeting people and thinking of coming into the healthcare profession go for it and give it a try it’s such rewarding work.

Meet Rachel Lawrence from Co. Roscommon 

“I love this job as it is so rewarding. I enjoy making a positive difference in my clients’ lives bringing a smile to their faces, and having a laugh.”

How long have you worked as a Carer?

MyHomecare is my first caring job. 

Why did you choose a caring profession? 

I choose this profession as it was something I enjoyed doing ever since my granny turned ill. That is when I wanted to go further and become a carer. 

How long have you been a member of the MyHomecare Team? 

10 Months. 

What do you enjoy most about being a Carer? 

I love this job as it is so rewarding. I enjoy making a positive difference in my clients’ lives bringing a smile to their faces, and having a laugh. I enjoy listening to their stories going for walks, providing care, doing all I can for them, learning something new, and making a positive difference in their lives.  

Do you have any advice for someone who would like a career in care? 

Homecare is very rewarding as your attention is on one client, you can choose your set hours which offers great flexibility. It would be a great job for anyone who has an interest in starting their carer career as it gives you plenty of experience and you are learning something new every day. 

Meet Norma Dalton from Limerick 

“I enjoy being a carer, helping your clients to live independently at home and being kind to them.”

How long have you worked as a Carer?

I have worked as a Carer for 19 years. 

Why did you choose a caring profession? 

I have chosen caring as a profession because I love helping others and making a difference in their life. 

How long have you been a member of the MyHomecare Team? 

I have been working for MyHomecare for over 3 years.  

What do you enjoy most about being a Carer? 

I enjoy being a carer, helping your clients to live independently at home and being kind to them. 

Do you have any advice for someone who would like a career in care? 

My advice for anyone who would like to be a carer, if you have these qualities, being  kind, caring, trustworthy, honest, punctual and a good communicator then this is the job for you. 

Meet Corina Cojocaru from Co.Dublin 

“What I enjoy the most about being a carer is that I can feel and see the difference that is made in my client’s life. That relief and joy are so genuine.”

How long have you worked as a Carer?

I have been working as a carer for over 3 years. 

Why did you choose a caring profession? 

I didn’t choose this profession more likely it chose me.

How long have you been a member of the MyHomecare Team? 

I have been a member of MyHomecare for 7 Months.  

What do you enjoy most about being a Carer? 

What I enjoy the most about being a carer is that I can feel and see the difference that is made in my client’s life. That relief and joy are so genuine.  

Do you have any advice for someone who would like a career in care? 

My advice for someone who wants to be a carer would be to treat everyone as if they are part of your family, especially when things are tough, always imagine and treat the patient as if they were part of your family.

Meet Sarah Daly from Co. Dublin 

“Caring for people for me comes as second nature, as I’m a mother and have a lot of empathy, so I knew it would be a path I would enjoy.”

How long have you worked as a Carer?

Since last august 2020. 

Why did you choose a caring profession? 

Caring for people for me comes as second nature, as I’m a mother and have a lot of empathy, so I knew it would be a path I would enjoy.  

How long have you been a member of the MyHomecare Team? 

Nearly 2 months now.  

What do you enjoy most about being a Carer? 

Having friendships and feeling that I have done my job to the best of my ability. 

Do you have any advice for someone who would like a career in care? 

Always be open-minded, you would have to be care giving by nature and a people person. 

Thank you to all our amazing Carers and Happy National Carers week!

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The Covid-19 Vaccine Booster Dose Explained

The Covid-19 Vaccine Booster Dose Explained

In light of the recent surge in Covid-19 cases, the Covid-19 Vaccine booster programme has been extended following the recommendations of the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC). Taoiseach Micheál Martin announced new Covid measures with the vaccine booster rollout ramp up a key phase in combating the ‘fourth surge’ of Covid-19.

The latest figures show 4,407 recorded daily cases, of which 634 are in hospital with 119 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the ICU.

**accurate at time of writing visit Ireland’s COVID19 Data Hub (arcgis.com) for updated daily figures

The vaccine booster programme has already begun with over 400,000 booster doses already being administered to those aged 80+ and those living in care facilities, according to HSE CEO Paul Reid.

Health Minister Stephen Donnelly explains they have already seen a positive impact on those who have received the booster,

“In Ireland, we have already seen that booster doses given to those aged 80 years and older have been followed by a sharp decline in case numbers in that age group. This is very welcome news, and I encourage all of those who are eligible for a booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine to come forward and receive that vaccine as soon as it is available to you.”

During Taoiseach Micheál Martin’s address on Tuesday (November 16th) he announced that the NIAC have approved booster jabs for everyone over the age of 50 (a cohort of 600,000) and those under 50 with underlying illnesses in a bid to reduce Covid case numbers and relieve the pressures facing the HSE and Hospitals at present.

NIAC have pointed out that the risk of vaccinated people aged 50-59 years requiring hospitalisation and becoming seriously ill and dying is higher than in younger age groups, therefore they are next in the order of priority for booster vaccination.”

As a result of this latest change, over 2.5 million people will now be eligible for their booster vaccine

Why Get The Vaccine Booster Dose

The HSE and NIAC are recommending those 50+ should consider receiving the booster dose of the Covid-19 vaccine as the protection of the vaccine can weaken with time especially as we age. There are also concerns that with the more infectious Delta variant spreading, coupled with the easing of restrictions, it has lead to the surge in cases and hospital admissions.

The booster dose has been approved by the European Medicines Agency however if you have any concerns, please contact your GP or Pharmacist.

Find out more here – boosterpatientinfo.pdf (hse.ie)

Who Can Get The Vaccine Booster Dose?

  • Anyone aged 50 years plus
  • All Healthcare workers under 60 years
  • Anyone aged 16-59 years who have an underlying condition
  • Residents of irrespective or age or underlying conditions

You can only receive the booster vaccine if you have been double vaccinated and no sooner than 5 months after your second dose of your initial vaccine.

What Is The Vaccine Booster Dose?

All booster recipients will be given a single mRNA dose of Comirnaty® (Pfizer BioNTech) or Spikevax® (Moderna) regardless of which type of vaccine they initially received two doses of i.e. you received two doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine but will received a Pfizer booster dose.

For more information visit https://www.ema.europa.eu/en or COVID-19 vaccines – HSE.ie

How To Get Your Vaccine Booster Dose

  • You cannot receive your booster shot at a walk-in centre.
  • There is no registration needed.
  • Appointments will be issued by your GP or you will receive an SMS from the HSE with your appointment details.
  • If you cannot attend your appointment or are unable to leave your home contact HSELive on 1800 700 700 to reschedule.
  • Anyone in Long-term Residential care will not need to attend an appointment, they will be vaccinated at home.
  • If you are a frontline healthcare worker, you will be invited for your booster vaccine once 6 months has elapsed from your second dose.

Healthcare Workers and the Booster

The HSE advises that most Healthcare workers will receive their booster appointment within the next six weeks.  All healthcare workers under the age of 60 are expected to receive their booster vaccine by the end of December, with those aged 60+ already being called alongside the over 60 cohort.

For those who have become a healthcare worker after they received their second dose of the initial vaccine, you may need to register on the HSE, a service that is pending rollout.

However if you need to receive your booster vaccine quickly and have surpassed 6 months since your second dose details on how to get in contact are available here.

What If I Had Covid Recently?

The HSE is recommending that anyone that has been double vaccinated and since contracted Covid-19 will be invited to receive their booster shot six months after their Covid-19 diagnosis.

Can I Still Get The Flu Shot?

The NIAC and CDC, have also recommended that the seasonal influenza vaccine and Covid-19 booster can be administered at the same time, but advise to use different limbs (arms).

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