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Saturday 24 August 2019

Home Instead Senior Care offers support to families

HOME INSTEAD Senior Care in Wexford has been employing staff in County Wexford for over six years, with one hundred and fifty three staff caring for over two hundred families throughout the county and providing world-class training for their staff.

While Home Instead is fully aware of the present difficult economic situation and the need for efficiencies in the HSE , they believe the proposed cuts to home care packages show a lack of strategic thinking on behalf of the government. Despite the safeguarding of Personal Assistant hours, older people are still faced with cuts of €12.5 million to home care as part of the recent HSE announcements. Home Instead believes such cuts fly in the face of long-standing policy and clear commitments in the Programme for Government to develop and invest in home and community care services.

Stephen was delighted to have been chosen through a national tender process to supply home care services for the HSE in Co Wexford and contrary to some of the negative statements in the press over the last few weeks he states that this service is not taking existing jobs from people in Co Wexford, we are engaged by the HSE to supply services to elderly people that the HSE are having difficulty supplying and he firmly believes that this kind of public/private partnership can only benefit the elderly people needing the services and ultimately save the state money while crucially not effecting services or standards.

He continued, Home Instead Senior Care will continue to respond positively to increased demand for private care in the community so that older people can be supported with the highest quality of care at home by caregivers who receive the highest quality of training.

As September marks the first global World Alzheimer's month, the theme of which is Dementia: Living together, an international campaign to raise awareness and challenge stigma. Home Instead would like to do their part.

It's the diagnosis that can strike dread in the hearts of almost any family caregiver: Alzheimer's disease. This is because this illness and other dementias often steal from older adults what they treasure most: their identity. It is a traumatic prospect both for the individual and the family members who love and care for them. Home Instead Senior Care understand there is a stigma associated with dementia and through their services they want to help the local community become more dementiafriendly by offering quality, researchbased training to Caregivers and Families who are caring for loved ones with Alzheimer's or other Dementias be it family, friends or neighbour.

If someone you know has just received the diagnosis, you're likely anxious about the future. You want to ensure they will be safe and engaged in life. But given the memory and behavioural changes that sometimes accompany dementia, how can you ensure this happens?

Home Instead Senior Care wants to help you. They have created a training programme called the Alzheimer's Disease or Other Dementias CARE: Changing Aging Through Research and Education. This training programme has been developed by some of the world's top Alzheimer's disease experts. The unique, personcentred care programme focuses on the care and dignity of individuals rather than the symptoms, diagnosis and treatments.

Home Instead Senior Care in Wexford understand the importance of training caregivers when helping a person with Alzheimer's or other dementias, so to coincide with World Alzheimer's month they are offering a number of free places on their training programme to families and caregivers needing support.

Stephen Conway and Anne O'Brien from the Wexford Office recently qualified as trainers in the new Alzheimer's course.

To find out more about Home Instead Senior Care or to register your interest in the training please contact Home Instead Senior Care, Wexford on 0539184042 or log on to www.homeinstead.ie

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