National Carers Week 2023

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Celebrating National Carers Week 2023 at Myhomecare

Carers Week is dedicated to recognizing and supporting the incredible work performed by carers. This year, National Carers Week has joined forces with The Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland, Acquired Brain Injury Ireland, Care Alliance Ireland, Disability Federation of Ireland, Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Ireland, CRC (Central Remedial Clinic), Irish Cancer Society, The Irish Hospice Foundation, MS Ireland, St. Michael’s House, Jack and Jill, and We Love To Talk.

The theme for this year is #MakingCaringVisible, and in celebration of this, Myhomecare has chosen to put the spotlight on some of our exceptional carers, showcasing their dedication and commitment to making a difference in the lives of those they care for.

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Maria Haydee

Carers Name: María Haydeé Fernández Hernández
Location: Dublin South

How long have you worked as a Carer?
I started working as a Carer in November 2020, but I’m a health carer worker since 2017.

Why did you choose caring as a profession?
I consider myself a compassionate person and I like making a positive difference in people lives.

How long have you been a member of the Myhomecare Team?
I started working with Myhomecare in July 2022.

What do you enjoy most about being a Carer?
I enjoy being an active member in the community where I live, helping people and making a positive impact in their lives.

Do you have any advice for someone who would like a career in care?
Be passionate about what you do, have empathy for people and always do good because good will come back to you.

Nazrul Islam Kazi

Carers Name: Nazrul Islam Kazi
Location: Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford

How long have you worked as a Carer?
I have been working as a carer for over 10 years.

Why did you choose caring as a profession?
Working in the care sector is an incredibly rewarding job, so it’s no wonder that it is one of the most commonly spoken about reasons to be a carer. Everyday you will be making a difference to someone’s quality of life, supporting them to remain living in their own home, independently.

How long have you been a member of the Myhomecare Team?
I have been working for Myhomecare for nearly 5 years now.

What do you enjoy most about being a Carer?
My favourite aspect of being a carer is making a difference in other people’s lives. I know what I do helps them to stay living independently in their own homes. My clients love to see me walking in the door. Caring for other people makes me feel valued.

Do you have any advice for someone who would like a career in care?
My best advice for those who want a career in care is, you will need to have a passion for helping others. As such, it is important to have a compassionate and empathic personality. Patience is also key, and it’s important to try to put yourself in the client’s shoes. It helps to have a cheerful, outgoing, and friendly personality and good listening skills. As a care assistant, you will have a responsibility to maintain the dignity of your patients. As such, discretion and professionalism are crucial qualities. Reliability, honesty and punctuality are also important traits.

Jane Achums

Carers Name: Jane Achums
Location: Dublin North East

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Greg Little

Carers Name: Greg Little
Location: Limerick

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John Kelly

Carers Name: John Kelly
Location: West of Ireland

How long have you worked as a Carer?
I have worked as a carer for four and a half years.

Why did you choose caring as a profession?
I chose caring as a profession to contribute to my community in a positive way. I was also very interested in health care.

How long have you been a member of the Myhomecare Team?
I am working with Myhomecare since December of 2022.

What do you enjoy most about being a Carer?
I enjoy helping vulnerable people in a positive way.

Do you have any advice for someone who would like a career in care?
It’s important to be yourself and always remember that many of the things we do is common sense. Another good tip is to communicate regularly with your booking coordinator.

Myhomecare Supporting Professional Development with QQI-certified People Management

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Myhomecare Supporting Professional Development with QQI-certified People Management

Homecare management is a critical aspect of healthcare in Ireland, and professional development in this field is essential for ensuring high-quality care for patients. The homecare industry in Ireland is growing rapidly, and as such, it’s important for homecare managers to stay up-to-date with the latest skills and knowledge to manage their teams effectively.

Recognising the importance of continuous professional development within the healthcare sector, Myhomecare has developed ‘The Care Academy’, which envelops all the training internal and frontline staff need to progress within their career.  

A particular milestone of The Care Academy is the undertaking of the QQI-certified People Management Course by the Myhomecare managerial team. The course covers a range of topics, including leadership skills, communication skills, team management, and conflict resolution. It’s designed to help homecare professionals develop the skills and knowledge they need to manage their teams effectively, build positive relationships with clients and their families, and deliver high-quality care.

It covers key topics such as understanding EU Legislation, equality and diversity and the key principles of management. This can lead to new career opportunities, such as promotions or opportunities to manage larger teams.

One of the key benefits of the QQI People Management Course is that it’s a nationally, HSE, recognised qualification. This means that homecare professionals who complete the course will have valuable credentials that they can use to advance their careers. By completing the course, it demonstrates to our clients that the Myhomecare team have the right skills and knowledge required to effectively deliver excellence in service.

Our team have a wealth of experience in the homecare industry, with many starting as Healthcare Assistant’s, progressing to supervisory and managerial positions. The completion of the QQI People Management Course enables our experienced team to nurture their skills and knowledge and continue to progress their career whilst ensuring Myhomecare is continuing to provide patient-centered high quality care.

What is People Management Course (QQI Level 6) 

The QQI Level 6 certification in Managing People is awarded following a 3-day interactive workshop that covers a blend of theoretical learning with practical activities to build upon management techniques and improve confidence.

The QQI People Management Course provides learners with a comprehensive understanding of people management and covers everything from communication skills to conflict resolution, employee development, and performance management. By taking this course, learners can develop a deeper understanding of the intricacies of people management, and learn how to apply this knowledge in their day-to-day work.

It is designed to provide learners with practical tools and techniques that they can use in the workplace. This means that learners will not only learn theory, but they will also learn how to apply this theory to real-world situations. By taking this course, learners can develop their practical skills, which can help them to become more effective managers.

The course is suited to all levels; providing an excellent foundation for new managers, allowing experienced managers to delve deeper into motivational management, and for those looking to transition to a managerial role. For those frontline staff that would like to progress their career within a managerial role, they too can avail of the subsidised QQI-certified People Management Course via The Care Academy.

Overall, the QQI People Management Course is an excellent opportunity for homecare professionals to develop their skills and knowledge. Whether you’re looking to advance your career or simply improve your abilities as a homecare professional, this course can help you achieve your goals. By completing the course, you will be better equipped to manage your team effectively, communicate with clients and their families, and deliver high-quality care.

The Myhomecare’s Care Academy

The Care Academy focuses on improving the quality of existing staff by providing upskilling opportunities, allowing those who want to advance their career in healthcare an advantageous starting point. There has always been a particular emphasis on upskilling and career progression within Myhomecare with exceptional ongoing training provided and further supported by Servisource’s Training department.

It is from this strong foundation that The Care Academy has been developed. As a result, a comprehensive catalog of training courses is available to support internal and frontline staff in providing the highest quality of service, where they can train, develop and coach care workers throughout each stage of their careers.

Professional development is essential for homecare managers in Ireland to continuously improve upon their skills and knowledge to manage their teams effectively. The Care Academy offers supportive training and career progression for aspiring carers, as well as subsidised courses for those with experience requiring QQI Level 5 accreditation in healthcare or QQI Level 6 accreditation in people Management.

Through Myhomecare’s Care Academy, it ensures that the right people, with the right skills and knowledge, will be provided in the right place, your home.

Myhomecare Care Academy

The Myhomecare Care Academy is the one-stop shop for aspiring Carers, offering training and career progression support and guidance. The Care Academy also offers the opportunity for those with experience requiring QQI Level 5 accreditation in healthcare courses to be subsidised.

Keep Well This Winter

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Keep Well This Winter

Winter in Ireland is a gloomy time of year. The dark days can be lonely and it’s easy to get sick or have weather related accidents. Each winter, vulnerable people are more susceptible to hospital visits which can put pressure on emergency departments and acute hospitals.

Cold air and gloomy skies can make anyone feel less cheerful during the winter months. However, depression can have an outsized effect on seniors and their long-term mental health. Creating opportunities for socialization and finding joyful moments isn’t just for fun – it can help foster critical connection and combat loneliness. There are a variety of uplifting activities that can be enjoyed during the winter months. These include movie nights, and getting outside on a rare sunny day.

It’s important for everyone to stay safe this winter, but it is particularly important for older adults so stay safe. Older adults can lose body heat fast—faster than when they were young. Changes in your body that come with aging can make it harder for you to be aware of getting cold. A big chill can turn into a dangerous problem before an older person even knows what’s happening. Doctors call this serious problem hypothermia.

What is Hypothermia?

Hypothermia is a medical condition that occurs when your body temperature drops below 35°C. When this happens, the body’s internal organs don’t work properly. This can cause serious health problems, such as heart failure.

Older adults are especially at risk for developing hypothermia. This is because their bodies are not as efficient at regulating temperature and they may be more vulnerable to the cold due to age-related changes in body composition, such as reduced muscle mass. Older adults may also lack the awareness of how to protect themselves from the cold and may not recognize early signs of hypothermia, such as confusion or shivering.

The best way to keep older adults safe this winter is to prevent hypothermia before it starts. This means dressing warmly in layers and avoiding prolonged exposure to cold temperatures, especially when windy or wet. It’s also important to ensure that the home is adequately

5 Ways to Stay Well This Winter

1. Wrap up warm – Make sure you wrap up well when going out, as cold weather can increase the risk of illnesses such as colds and flu. Wear several layers of clothing to help keep your body temperature steady and wear a hat, scarf and gloves when necessary

2. Eat well – Eating nutritious meals is essential for maintaining a healthy immune system. Choose nutrient-dense foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins to stay energized and help ward off winter illnesses.

3. Stay active – Regular exercise can help boost your immune system, reduce stress and make you feel better in general. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity, such as walking or cycling, for five days a week.

4. Get enough sleep – Lack of sleep can make you more susceptible to illnesses. Aim for seven to nine hours of good quality sleep each night and try to stick to regular sleeping patterns throughout the winter months.

5. Stay social – Socializing with family and friends can help reduce stress and make you feel more connected. Try to arrange regular catch-ups with people, whether virtually or in person, depending on the local restrictions. Doing activities together such as online quizzes, walks or watching a movie are all great ways to pass the time and stay social during the winter months

By following these tips, older adults can stay healthy and safe during the winter months. It’s important to take care of yourself in order to avoid any illnesses or health risks caused by cold weather. Stay warm, eat nutritiously and enjoy the company of family and friends this winter!

How Myhomecare Can Help

Our goal is to provide uplifting home care that benefits those who need caring and their families. tailor-made home care services and packages cover a wide range of services from basic home help and befriending to advanced nursing care and supported hospital discharge.

Our home care service doesn’t stop at providing nurses or carers. Myhomecare can offer routine medical services such as vaccinations or pharmacy delivery in the comfort of your own home. We also work with medical practitioners and suppliers to provide a wide range of supportive solutions such as home adaptations, essential medical supplies and partnership with your primary care team.

So if you are looking for someone to assist you with shopping, 24 homecare packages or nursing care for a loved one, contact us today here.

How Isaac Care Can Help

Isaac Care’s aim is to lower hospital visits as care can be given at home instead. Isaac’s early intervention at the first sign of declining health prevents the need for hospital admissions, creates a reduction in readmission rates and reduces demand for GP visits.

Isaac Fall Alarm connects to the Isaac Care app providing real time updates to families. It ensures there is help when you need it, whenever you need it. It is also a GPS enabled fall alarm and is ideal for people of all ages who are concerned about their wellbeing and safety both at home, and while out and about. You can find out more about the Isaac Care Fall Alarm here.

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Myhomecare’s Day Out with Care of the Elderly

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Myhomecare’s Day Out with Care of the Elderly

Care of the Elderly is a non-profit Irish volunteer charity in Dublin City. It aims to bring friendship and companionship to elderly people who might live alone or feel lonely. Friends of the elderly’s focus is on a practical approach to dealing with loneliness and social isolation, alleviating its effects by providing social engagement programs such as Home Visitation, Friendly Call Service, Social Club and organizing Day Trips or Social Events.

Myhomecare sponsored the trip this year which included a trip Belfast, having dinner, going shopping, singing and dancing. Myhomecare have had the joy of sponsoring these events since 2017. After a break due to Covid, we were delighted to be able to reconnect with everyone in 2022 while meeting some new faces.

Care of The Elderly Day Out 2022

Our day started in Dublin, as everyone got on the bus to head to our first destination, The Valley Inn in Co. Louth. At The Valley Inn, we were all greeted by tea and scones and everyone got to catch up with each other. Everyone received a MyHomeCare goodie bag which contained sweets, notebooks, pens and more.

Next stop, Co. Belfast! In Belfast, we began our guided bus tour by our lovely tour guide Colin. We got to see sights such as the Titanic Quarter, The peace wall and many famous murals. After our lovely tour we all headed back into the city for an hour where everyone could do what they wish for an hour. Some people chose to go shopping and others for a coffee and catch-up.

On our way home, we stopped back in at The Valley Inn, Dunleer, for dinner and some line dancing. Our fantastic musician on the keyboard kept us entertained and got everyone up on their feet. After a long but exciting day it was time to go home. MyHomeCare were proud to support this event and are looking forward to seeing everyone again and to meet some new faces in 2023!

I really enjoyed my day out in Belfast with Care of the Elderly! All the ladies and gents we’re up for making the most out of the day with shopping, dancing and enjoying themselves. Looking forward to our next day trip.’
– Niamh Walsh, Event Volunteer

For more information on the fantastic work from the Care of the Elderly, go to

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