Choosing a Homecare Provider Infographic

When choosing a homecare provider there are a number of things you need to consider. To help you in your search we have created a helpful infographic. Homecare is a service that requires careful consideration so here are the questions you should ask any homecare provider.

Question 1: Will the support I need be tailored to my specific requirements?

Question 2: What Qualifications & Competencies do your staff possess?

Question 3: Is your homecare company Quality Certified?

Question 4: Is the package on offer and your company flexible?

Question 5: Do you have an Expert Team that can provide specialised services?

Question 6: Do you provide an out-of-office hours Oncall Service to your customers and staff?

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Why would you or a loved one choose homecare?

In our experience there a number of key reasons why families choose homecare over nursing home care and this is the feedback that we get.

  • Companionship
  • Community involvement
  • Prevent social isolation
  • Independence
  • Remain in your own home
  • Cost effective
  • Tax relief available
  • Tailored package to suit your needs
  • Positive mental health

We hope this infographic will help you when choosing homecare.

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To find out more about our homecare services click here

 

Top 5 Burglary Prevention Tips: An Garda Siochana

Crime and burglaries is a constant worry for people living alone, especially older people. With this in mind we have collated some of the very best advice from An Garda Siochana.

The Crime Prevention Unit within An Garda Siochana says that: “Believe it or not – older persons are less often the victims of crime than many of their younger neighbours. Older persons are, however, subjected to burglary and thefts as frequently as the rest of the population.”

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A lifetime of experience coupled with the ageing process can make older persons feel vulnerable and more fearful of becoming a victim of crime.

Be a Good Neighbour

Good neighbours are a vital component in crime prevention and reducing
the fear of crime. This is particularly important for the older person. They
will keep an eye on their neighbours’ property and call regularly to make
sure everything is OK.

You too can be a good neighbour, its all about awareness of what is happening around you and keeping a friendly lookout for the person near you. Consider joining a Community Alert or Neighbourhood Watch scheme if there is one in your area. These schemes may be able to assist in getting funding for various security systems available for qualifying older persons.

Your local Garda station or Garda Crime Prevention Officer can provide
more information on the setting up of such schemes.

Top 5 Tips to Prevent Burglaries

Tip 1: Secure all windows and doors.

Tip 2: Light up your home, use timer switches when you are out.

Tip 3: Store keys safely and away from letterboxes and windows.

Tip 4: Record details of valuables and don’t leave large amounts of cash in your home.

Tip 5: Use your alarm, even when not at home. 

Find out more crime prevention tips on Garda.ie – click here.

WATCH: Active Retirement Ireland Trade & Tourism Show Highlights

We were delighted to partner with Active Retirement Ireland  on their 2015 Trade and Tourism Show which took place on May 26th in the Radisson Blu Hotel in Galway. This event attracts 2,500 people in just one day and provides a great opportunity for ARI members to network, enjoy hands-on workshops and see what deals companies are offering.

We had our own videographer there to capture the atmosphere and below you will get to see for yourself what all the excitement is about. Well done to everyone at ARI for organising yet another fantastic event.

Thanks to Cormac, our videographer to catching a few words with the fabulous Ann Doyle too!

Cormac Staunton of Staunton Media captures Anne Doyle at the 2015 Active Retirement Ireland Trade and Tourism Show.

Cormac Staunton of Staunton Media captures Anne Doyle at the 2015 Active Retirement Ireland Trade and Tourism Show.

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George Hook Back’s i-CARE Campaign to Find Ireland’s Top Bluebird Care Carers

Carers tell their caring stories in poems, videos and even in a song!

George Hook is supporting a campaign to find Bluebird Care’s most inspiring carers. The initiative called i-CARE asks the company’s 1,500 carers one question – ‘why do you love to care?’  €22,000 in prizes will be distributed to 60 Bluebird Care carers nationwide in what Bluebird Care is calling – the year of the carer.

Bluebird Care provides homecare to people of all ages and varying degrees of ability and has offices nationwide.

The i-CARE entries are inspiring people on social media also, with one story from Kilkenny going viral on Facebook engaging 15,000 people.  Operations Director with Bluebird Care, Eddie O’Toole says the stories behind the carers are pretty remarkable.

“We’ve had poems, stories, videos, photos and even a song especially written for the campaign. We are dedicating 2015 to our care staff around the country and have developed a number of initiative in their honour this year, one of them being i-CARE.”

Follow the Bluebird Care carer stories on Facebook and Twitter by searching the hashtag #myiCareStory or find them on bluebirdcare.ie. Carers are asked to submit their entries in any content format and the response has been very creative.  Here are some examples.

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We’ve even had a song as an entry!

“We get so much back” is a song specially written and performed by Tracy Culleton who works with Bluebird Care Tipperary/East Cork.