Myhomecare proudly sponsoring the ‘Cycle for Brother Kevin 2017’

Myhomecare sponsoring Cycle for Brother Kevin 19th & 20th May 2017

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

Cycle for Brother Kevin is a charity cycle event which was established in 2010 by Fergal Flynn and Paul Kelly, close friends and cycling enthusiasts. The purpose of the cycle is to raise funds for the Capuchin Day Centre for Homeless in Dublin.

Myhomecare staff Sammy Myles and Jennifer Larkin from the Dundalk office on LMFM talking about Cycle for Brother Kevin and homelessness. 

Inspired by the work of St Francis of Assisi, The Capuchin Day Centre is a food and day care facility for the homeless, run by the Irish Capuchin Franciscan Order. Starting off in the 1960’s, supplying soup and sandwiches to around 50 people in need, the centre has grown tremendously and is now the biggest food centre in Dublin, catering for over 200 men, women and children each day for breakfast and over 450 men, women and children for dinner. The centre provide food parcels and essential facilities such as clothing, personal hygiene and medical services such as appointments with doctors, nurses, dentists, opticians and chiropodists. They also provide personal and social needs such as friendship and advocacy.

7 years established, the cycle started off with only 6 participants but has since expanded and is limited to 100 cyclists. A total distance of 300km, the cycle departed from Bow Street, Dublin, on Friday 19th May at 7am and arrived in Bellmullet, Mayo, at approximately 6pm on Saturday 20th. The event took place over a period of two days, stopping overnight in Leitrim.

Myhomecare, appreciative of the good work carried out by The Capuchin Day Centre, supported the cycle. Myhomecare CEO, Declan Murphy, took part in the cycle in 2016, cycling a total of after completing the 350km. A total of about €100,000 was raised last year. This year Declans son Ross participated in the cycle .

On Friday 28th April, Myhomecare offices in Dundalk and Cork held 8 hour Charity Spinathons in aid of Cycle for Brother Kevin and The Capuchin Day Centre. Myhomecare offices in Galway ran a Health Screening in Homecare Medical Supplies office in Mayo. Dublin offices will hold a charity event near the end of June. So far we have raised €700. Our fundraising page is still open for anyone who would like to donate: www.ifundraise.ie/myhomecare.

‘Servisource/myhomecare Dundalk in Spinathon for Cycle for Brother Kevin’

A bit about Dementia. Myhomecare sponsoring The National Dementia Care Conference Wednesday 15th February.

Dementia Care Conference 15th February

Royal Marine Hotel Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin. 

Sponsored by Myhomecare.ie 

THE CONFERENCE

The annual conference, which is now running three years, is taking place this Wednesday, February 15th in The Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire. Organised by The Commercial Media Group, the conference will focus on future vision for Dementia care in Ireland and will enable and equip delegates to critically review their approaches to the care of patients with dementia. Representing the myhomecareie.wpengine.com team and attending the conference are Homecare Assessors Jonathan O’Donnell and Susanne Kelly.

Susanne, who has experience nursing dementia patients in the past, said that this is her first time attending the conference and she is looking forward to it. Susanne hopes to improve dementia care and incorporate new guidelines into existing myhomecare plans. On the day, Johnathan and Susanne will be promoting myhomecare by providing information about the brand, distributing materials and products and building relationships with other similar services. They will be speaking to clients and answering the questions of potential clients.

Dementia in Ireland

It is estimated that 42,000 people in Ireland have dementia.

But, what is Dementia? Dementia is not one single disease. It is a collective term used to describe a group of symptoms which cause damage to the brain and impair memory or thinking such as forgetfulness.

 

What can cause Dementia? Dementia can occur after a stroke, brain tumor or head injury. Age is the most significant risk factor in developing dementia and it affects 1 in 70 people in Ireland aged 65-70 and affects a staggering 1 in 5 people over the age of 80. Genetics is another risk factor that can play a part in the role of developing dementia. Although we cannot control our age or our genes, we can control our lifestyle and evidence shows that our lifestyle habits can increase the risk of developing dementia.

How to prevent Dementia – Lifestyle habits – Diet/Nutrition – high fat contributes to heart disease, high blood pressure and bad cholesterol which are all associated with dementia. Smoking – damages the heart, lungs and vascular system. People who are heavy smokers in their mid-life, double their risk of developing dementia. Alcohol – due to its antioxidants, research shows that drinking a moderate amount of red wine might actually reduce the risk of forming dementia. However, drinking alcohol excessively can increase a person’s risk of developing a form of dementia called Korsakoff’s Syndrome. Exercising – lack of physical activity can cause heart problems and can increase the risk of developing vascular dementia.

 

Recognizing The Signs

Not everyone with dementia will experience the same signs and symptoms.

Recent memory loss – repeating themselves.

Difficulty completing familiar tasks – cooking a meal.

Difficulty in communicating – forgetting simple words.

Disorientation – getting lost.

Misplacing things.

Changes in mood.

Changes in personality – acting fearful.

Inability to control emotion.

Loss if initiative – no interest in going out.

 

Fore more information about the Dementia Care Conference visit: http://cmgevents.ie/events/the-national-dementia-care-conference/

For information on myhomecare and dementia plans visit www.myhomecareie.wpengine.com

Louth Age Friendly Business Consumer Fair – Proudly sponsored by Myhomecare

Louth Age Friendly Business Consumer Fair

– Proudly sponsored by Myhomecare

We are proud to say that Louth is the first Age Friendly County in Ireland, leading the way for others to follow as we create a range of age-friendly initiatives to support our communities in living longer, happier lives at home with their families and loved ones. Over the past number of years, local businesses, community groups and the public have come together to create this fantastic annual event and promote positive aging in Louth.

When many of us think about growing older, we have a perception of an elderly lady or man sitting in a rocking chair with a blanket, that couldn’t be further from the truth.

Myhomecare would like to invite you along to the LouthLouth Age Friendly Poster - Sponsored by Myhomecare Age Friendly Business Consumer Fair in the Crowne Plaza Hotel this Sunday, October 4th and show you the true side of aging in our Age Friendly County. As we get older our needs and aspirations start to change, things that would have been irrelevant before become top of our priority list.  The Louth Age friendly Business Consumer Fair have put together a spectacular day to assist you in learning about the range of products and services available to support you in living longer and happier lives.

As the main sponsor of this Louth Age Friendly event, Myhomecare promise a fun afternoon of entertainment, guest speakers, exhibitors, music and of course great craic. We will also be launching our fully integrated care planning and monitoring application service myhomecareConnect.

Myhomecare Connect - Homecare from Anywhere

What to expect on the day:

  • There will be 50 exhibitors showcasing their age friendly products and services in a range of sectors from; caring and support services, technology, finance, fashion, law, Health and many more.
  • Learn about services that are available to support you or a loved one at home and in their community.
  • Special guest on the day, businessman Gavin Duffy, RTE Dragon’s Den.
  • Live music throughout the day.

We look forward to seeing you at this FREE event on Sunday 4th October in the Crowne Plaza Hotel Dundalk from 12 noon to 5pm that evening.

Crown Plaza are offering a 10% discount on lunch to all who attend the Consumer Fair on the day.

This event is proudly supported by main sponsor Myhomecare, other supporters include Louth Age Friendly County Initiative and Age-Friendly.

For further information on this event please call Myhomecare of Freephone 1800 400 900.

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