Calling all CAREGivers…

By Jonathan Acton - jonathan.acton@homeinstead.ie

As the percentage of people unemployed in Ireland races towards 20%, it’s hard to see a way back for our economy. But it’s not impossible.

Remember, businesses were shut down to help saves lives all over the country. These businesses are not closed due to poor performance, and with a bit of time and a ‘can do’ attitude, I’m sure most will be up and running again when the call comes.

For now, the need for people to work in the care industry has exploded off the charts.

The HSE’s amazing selfless workers are under indescribable pressure and they could do with your help and support.

If anyone reading this article has ever thought of working as a CAREGiver then now is the time. Or maybe you know somebody that would make a perfect CAREGiver. Home Instead Senior care are actively recruiting new CAREGivers to support the already stretched homecare industry.

Our role in the community now more than ever is crucial in terms of keeping the elderly safe and well in their own homes but we need your help.

Again, at the risk of sounding like a broken record can I ask people to please stay at home. Gardaí presence is clearly visible and they are doing a fantastic job policing the new measures introduced.

People working in essential retail services such as shops and fuel depots really need you to show your respect for their efforts by staying at home. ALL healthcare and emergency services need you to STAY AT HOME.

There is a large cohort of people deemed essential services and it is our duty to continue to work everyday. Everyone is having to dig deeper and put in longer hours so it’s possible for everyone else to stay at home.

There are so many positive things people can do from their armchair to contribute at a time like this. Using technology to communicate with elderly relatives and neighbours does not put the elderly at risk top the disease but still keeps them in touch with the rest of the world.

Maybe offer to do some shopping and leave it on their doorstep. It’s little thoughtful gestures like this that could completely brighten up a day for someone feeling very isolated due to cocooning.

Consider supporting some worthwhile organisations with donations at a time like this. The Alzheimer society could really do with your financial support as currently they are unable to raise funds the traditional way.

You can donate online at Alzheimer.ie. Another worthy cause to consider is AsIAm. This is a charity that supports people and families living with autism. How incredibly frustrating must it be for someone with autism, or their families, to navigate through the recent restrictions. You can donate at ASIAM.IE.

To conclude I wish to sincerely thank the amazing CAREGivers and office staff working at Home Instead. As a team we have been pulling together day and night to ensure we continue to provide essential care to the seniors in our community.

And it’s not easy, in fact it’s really hard. I am so proud of everyone to see the extremes you will go to ensure our seniors are safe. Thank you everyone and stay safe.

Home Instead Senior Care, Marlinstown Office Park, Mullingar – 044 9385260