As they grow older, seniors' vulnerability to mental health problems caused by loneliness, a decline in cognitive functions, and memory problems increases. The most common mental health concerns are cognitive impairment, anxiety, and mood disorders like depression. Mental health issues have a negative impact on the physical wellness of the elderly. Mood disorders can also adversely affect mental, physical, and social functioning, making it difficult to treat other conditions.
Naturally, mental health conditions tend to increase with age. However, conditions such as depression are not age-related. Such conditions and disorders can be treated, and a lot can be done to maintain healthy mental wellbeing. Good mental health is crucial as it directly affects a senior's physical health and vice versa. Premier Homecare helps older and vulnerable people by providing them companionship which helps them to live in a constant care and improving their mental health, you can check our blog on "Benefits of Homecare" by clicking here
Here are ways of enforcing positive mental health habits in seniors:
Homecare is important for individuals who are unable to take care of themselves independently. Homecare is usually sought out by people looking for individuals to take care of their relatives who may be older or suffer from a physical or intellectual disability. Homecare usually has professional care workers supporting the client throughout the day. The addition of a home carer provides relief for the family especially those of which was playing the main role of caregiver.
When to consider Homecare: Homecare might be an option for those who require: Help around the house (dishes, laundry, cooking) Assistance getting to and from appointments Medication reminders and prescription pick up Groceries and shopping Help with activities of daily living, like toileting, dressing, oral cares, and bathing 24/7 assistance or supervision for safety and comfort Companionship At Premier homecare we take care of you, we aim to provide you and your loved ones with the highest standard of help as often as you need, in the comfort of your own home. We understand that each client is unique and we follow a relationship-centered homecare model. This means we focus on understanding your needs, and creating a package unique to your situation. We place a strong emphasis on the initial phases of the process so we can offer the perfect solution.
It is often that our clients require assistance with everyday activities. At Premier homecare we offer an option of a few hours a week of 24 hours live-in care. This has proven to be beneficial for our clients and family.
Below are some benefits of homecare:
Overall Homecare is a trusted solution for keeping loved comfortable and safe. It is a popular choice. Also we provide people who are interested to make their careers in homecare industry. Click here to check our blog on "Vacancy for Care and `Support Workers" and all the benefits we provide while working with us.
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Caring for senior and vulnerable citizens is a special and unique experience. At Premier Homecare we provide flexible, meaningful, and rewarding work, offering care for older and vulnerable people in their own homes. We are looking for enthusiastic, compassionate, and dedicated individuals.
We believe in providing adequate support for our employees as we do for our clients.
We aim to find kind people to become caregivers, provide them with the right support, training, and guidance so they can achieve their full potential and progress as caregivers.
We have immediate opportunities available for full time and part time staff.
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To provide support for older people living in their homes, helping them to enjoy quality of life in their twilight years. This job is a truly rewarding experience and although it is not easy, it is very fulfilling because you are helping others. You are there to help the person with their needs. Communication, calm and compassion are important in this role.
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Christmas is typically a very social time. A time for family, for friends and community, coming together to create and share joyous memories.
This year will be a Christmas like no other. Cocooning and Self-Isolation mean we may need to break from tradition for the wellbeing of ourselves and our loved ones. But that doesn’t mean it can't be just as enjoyable as any other. Here are a few ideas to help you feel festive at home and to make this Christmas as memorable as any other.
1. “The Best Way to Spread Christmas Cheer is Singing Loud for All to Hear”
While there are very few things more irritating than premature Christmas songs playing in the shops, you can take the reins at home with the radio or any one of a number of Apps. Studies have shown that actively listening to music can lower blood pressure and stress and even reduce pain in some cases.
Alternatively, if you’re feeling a little stage fright, you can leave it to the professionals and tune in to a carol service. There are plenty of these available online to get your festive fix.
2. Deck the Halls
Once you’re all decked out, why not indulge in some fresh air and a light show by checking out the lights in your neighbourhood and nearby streets - those within a 5k radius of course.
3. Connect with Loved ones.
4. Find the Festive Flix
Curl in to the couch with your comfiest pyjamas and a cup of hot chocolate (or tea) and indulge. Christmas movies have long held a spot in the list of Christmas traditions for good reason. They offer the perfect opportunity to disconnect from reality for an hour or two and indulge in a world of pure positivity and joy.
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It has been widely accepted that cocooning and self-quarantining are the most effective ways of keeping the most vulnerable members of our society safe during these difficult times. However, long periods of isolation can have significant impacts on our physical and mental health. Under these conditions, it is all too easy to fall in to a sedentary lifestyle.
The World Health Organisation is one of the many expert bodies that identify physical activity and relaxation techniques as a valuable tool to help remain calm and promote health. They recommend completing 150 minutes of moderately intense exercise per week. There are numerous ways an older person can achieve this goal.
Small day to day tasks like household chores and gardening all add up and contribute to keeping active. Below, we have outlined a number of activities that would be ideally suited to an older person cocooning of self-quarantining. We recommend these activities be completed in the company of a carer or family member. For individuals with any physical restrictions/impairments, we also advise consulting your doctor before beginning a new or vigorous exercise routine.
Yoga is a great way to keep the body moving and is suitable to all ages and levels of mobility. Continued practise can increase strength, balance and flexibility. Whether you just want to touch your toes or learn to stand on your head, there are numerous guides and classes available online to get you started that can be followed at home.
Circuit training is one of the best ways to exercise as it is highly customisable, each part of
the circuit can be specifically chosen and adapted to suit individual ability and needs. Simply
choose 4-6 different exercises and switch between them, doing reps of 15-20 at a time. We
recommend including squats, leg raises, lunges and chair dips as these are simple but highly
effective exercises to increase strength, fitness and overall health. You can also include the
other activities from this list in your circuit.
Physical activity not only promotes health, is a great way to prevent boredom during periods
of cocooning and self-quarantining. It’s a great opportunity to set goals and develop new
skills that will continue to improve your health long after the Lockdown comes to and end.
The Irish Government and Citizens Information office have recently released the top tips for staying active and healthy during the lockdowns brought since the onset of COVID-19.
Since March, Ireland has been going through various level and stages of lockdown. The most vulnerable people in our society are at risk of being cut off from their families and community as Nursing Homes face the possibility of being closed to outsiders visitors.
We have compiled the top tips to help you are your loved ones make the most of this troubling time.
The guide is for elderly usually over the age of 70, who are at risk of contracting COVID-19 as they may have underlying conditions or secondary illnesses.
What is cocooning for the elderly?
According to Gov.ie "Cocooning is a measure to protect people who are over 70 years of age and those who are extremely medically vulnerable by helping them to understand how to minimise their risk of getting COVID-19."
1. Staying Active
Cocooning means staying indoors to avoid contact with the general public in order to avoid contracting coronavirus. However, the WHO have recently published research showing that when it may be done so safely it is healthy to get outside and receive fresh air. The blood circulates with movement and a brisk walk can help the body from growing weaker.
Please be aware, that this should be done in the care of your private homecare provider, or a close family member.
stepping out the back for some sunlight or fresh air. Skin exposure to daylight can boost Vitamin D, mood and enhance the immune system greatly.
2. News & Entertainment
Keeping your mind active and alert during this time is vital. While interaction with the outside world may make your brain lazy, there are some excellent programmes designed to boost brain power. For example, if you have a tablet, or smart phone there are a litany of Brain Training games which are designed to be fun and have proven to increase alertness and mindfulness.
Tune in to the daily news channels to keep up to date with what is going on. Not just for Coronavirus, but it is a good habit to stay in touch with local news, local businesses and communities. Here is a list of local newspapers in Ireland: Local Newspapers Ireland
The scientific evidence supporting mediation is overwhelming. The act of sitting peacefully in silence, listening to the rise and fall of you own breath is a joyous and profoundly insightful practice.
Recent research has even shown that meditation can prevent, and ease the symptoms of Alzheimers...
As a virus, COVID-19 targets the immune system. It has been widely documented that the best vitamins to boost the immune system are Zinc, Magnesium and Vitamin D & C. With your doctors permission, you can look into supplementing these vitamins in your diet.
You can purchase these vitamins in your local pharmacy. If you are struggling to leave the house, we have care givers who can support with daily tasks such as shopping and visits to the elderly.
Your diet should include plenty of oranges and fruit high in vitamins also.
5. Follow the guidelines
The correct recommended procedures and guidelines have been published by gov.ie.
Some of these guidelines are listed below, and the full list can be found here: Government guidelines on Cocooning for the elderly
1. If you choose to go outside you should:
2. If visiting an elderly or cocooning person:
3. Public transport should be used in non-peak times if at all possible and where a physical distance of 2 metres can be maintained. Face coverings should be used, and wash your hands-on returning home.
4. If you choose to visit these retail stores, it is best to adhere to the following measures:
5. The following advice has been issued in the case that you wish to attend a social event or family gathering:
We hope this guide has been useful. If you are aware of somebody who is at risk, and in need of support or private homecare, we provide professionally trained caregivers, who are well aware of the government guidelines and best practices. Please feel give us a call for a free, no-obligations consultation where we will listen to your situation and offer advice on the types of supports and care that may be available to you or your loved one.
COVID-19 is here. At Premier homecare we are closely following Government guidelines around safety measures and guidelines.
We are proactively putting in place all necessary precautions in order to ensure the highest standards of safety measures are met in order to protect our valued clients and our staff.
All visit will include staff wearing of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) such as masks, face-shields, regular hand washing and gloves where necessary.
Premier Homecare provide necessary health services to our clients across Dublin, and we maintain a business as usual approach to our daily activities.
However, our staff have received COVID-19 awareness briefings and will maintain distance where appropriate and will follow protocol upon entering the homes of our customers.
If you feel sick, or unwell with COVID related symptoms please report to your care provider and we will arrange for testing if necessary.
W e recommend staying fit and active as much as possible, getting fresh air but maintaining a reasonable social distance from the general public.
Please find below some trusted resources on the methodology and advice as provided by the relevant authorities:
HSPC – information and guidance for healthcare workers https://www.hpsc.ie/a-z/respiratory/coronavirus/novelcoronavirus/guidance/guidanceforhealthcareworkers/
HSE – information on symptoms, treatment, self-isolation and more https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/coronavirus.html
HSE – Minding your mental health https://www2.hse.ie/wellbeing/mental-health/minding-your-mental-health-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak.html
HSE – Facts and protecting ourselves https://www.smh.ie/assets/files/pdf/your_mental_wellbeing_during_covid-19.pdf
Gov.ie – Ireland and COVID-19. The latest updates on health advice, government measures, employment benefits etc https://www.gov.ie/en/campaigns/c36c85-covid-19-coronavirus