‘Living with Dementia in a Pandemic’

Home Instead is hosting two webinars on Dementia on Friday September 25, 2020.

PAID CONTENT: Home Instead Senior Care, Marlinstown Office Park, Mullingar - 044 9385260; www.homeinstead.ie

By Jonathan Acton; jonathan.acton@homeinstead.ie

As part of World Alzheimer’s Month, an annual international campaign aimed at raising awareness and generating solutions for people living with dementia, Home Instead is hosting two webinars on Dementia on Friday September 25, 2020.

The webinars will explore the challenges faced by people living with dementia during the ongoing pandemic, such as their understanding of Covid-19, staying safe, and dealing with the closure of services such as day care centres.

The first webinar runs from 10.30am-11.30am on September 25, and is aimed at health care professionals who are working on the frontlines of dementia care, as well as other individuals involved in the provision of dementia care services and supports in Ireland.

The second webinar takes place from noon to 1pm, and is aimed at family carers who provide support to loved ones living with dementia, or any other members of the public with an interest in dementia.


Tony O’Brien, former director general of the HSE, will chair the webinar, lead a panel discussion and field audience questions to speakers.

Prof Seán Kennelly, geriatrician at TUH, on dementia and the impact of Covid-19 and its accompanying isolation on brain health.

Bernie Byrne, Home Instead Dementia Champion, speaks with Teena Gates, broadcaster and family carer, on how Covid-19 has affected Teena’s father’s life.

Dr Muiris Houston, medical writer and health analyst, on how Covid-19 has increased risks of falls, malnutrition and risk of hospitalisation.

Sinéad Grennan, CEO at Engaging Dementia, on the importance of social connectedness and meaningful activities in the home, as public health restrictions continue to severely limit social support services.

Attendees can expect an engaging and informative session aimed at exploring positive solutions and ideas which can be valuable to health care professionals, family carers and above all people living with dementia in a very uncertain time for health care services.

To register for this event, check out our website www.homeinstead.ie and follow the links. If you are having trouble this link should take you directly there https://www.homeinstead.ie/Alzheimers-Dementia-care.

If you are still having difficulty please mail myself jonathan.acton@homeinstead.ie and I will take it from there.

Professional CAREGivers

Wherever you are on the journey, Home Instead Senior Care can help in a dramatic and positive way.

CARE: Changing Ageing Through Research and Education (CARE) is a unique research-based training approach for Home Instead’s professional CAREGivers.

Designed by renowned experts in the field of Alzheimer’s and dementia care, the approach focuses on personalising the care experience and looks at practical ways of dealing with some of the most common issues associated with dementia.

Our professional CAREGivers use techniques to help keep your loved one engaged in life, and are trained to understand and reduce behaviour that is a sign of unhappiness.

So you can be assured your loved one is being cared for by a trusted professional who is up to date with the latest in Alzheimer’s education and home care techniques.

Professional CAREGivers are trained to:

• Create social interaction

• Maintain a safe environment

• Manage changing behaviours

• Provide meaningful activities

• Provide nutritious meals

• Supervise daily activities

Professional CAREGivers can also provide assistance with enhancing and restoring the simple pleasures of life, such as a walk in the park, a ride in the car to get ice cream or spending time in the garden.

These elder care activities are proven to maximise abilities and independence. The best place for a person with memory loss is in familiar surroundings, and almost 2,000 families like yours have trusted Home Instead Senior Care to provide one-on-one home care for loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

For more information call us on 04493 85260. Stay safe!

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