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Do you live alone? Many people find that daily life is more difficult as they grow older, and living independently can become a burden. There are many potential dangers in most homes, and making adjustments that make life easier can help to put your mind at ease. 

The kitchen is a particularly hazardous area within the home, and making changes here can help to prevent accidents and injuries. Here at HomeCare Technologies, we have an excellent range of products that are designed to reduce risk in the home and enable safe independent living for longer.

 Re-Arrange Your Kitchen To Prevent Accidents

When considering safety in the kitchen, you should think about the following areas and make any necessary changes to help prevent accidents:

 1.The cooker.Leaving the cooker on or causing a fire can be a source of worry for many elderly people, and a device that is designed to switch the oven or hob off when not in use can help to put your mind at ease. Using a timer to ensure that the oven is only on when it is needed can help to save money on your utility bills as well as reducing the risk of fire.

 2.High cupboards. Falls in the home are very common, and storing things in high cupboards make falling more likely, as you will have to strain to reach the items you need. A re-organisation of your kitchen is likely to involve moving everyday items to lower cupboards, and making use of products such as shelves that pull out of cupboards to help you reach what you need more easily.

 3.Labels. If you become confused, you are much more likely to make a mistake that could be potentially dangerous. Labelling items in the kitchen with colour coded stickers can be a helpful way to make it easier to remember what is safe, what you may need help with, and when you have turned appliances off, for example.

 4.Food preparation. Many elderly people live with malnutrition because they are unable to cook for themselves as well as they have previously done, and you should consider how to make this task easier. On-line shopping, with a regular order to your local supermarket, or batch cooking with a friend or relative can be very helpful. Colour coding can also be useful for food items in your cupboards or refrigerator, helping you to notice immediately if a product is out of date.

 

Find Independent Living Products In Ireland

 Our friendly team at HomeCare Technologies can help you to find the best products for your needs, and we will only recommend products we can trust.

 Simply contact HomeCare Technologies online today or call 1890 344 344 (Ireland) or (00)353 214 214 925 (outside Ireland).

 

It can be upsetting to admit that we become less independent as we grow older, and many people put off asking for help until it is too late because they are embarrassed about needing help or think they can still cope alone despite struggles with everyday tasks. However, there are many simple adjustments you can make in your home, at any stage, to make it a safer place for independent living when you are elderly.

 Here at HomeCare Technologies, we specialise in products that help elderly people to live independently for longer, and we have a large catalogue of items designed to make life easier for you. You can call us at anytime to talk through your situation and we will be happy to help you find solutions to the problems you are experiencing in your home or daily life. 

 

How To Make Your Home Safer As You Age

 

The following may give you some ideas about areas of your home that may need attention as you grow older.

 1.Flooring. The flooring in your home can be a potential hazard, especially if you have loose rugs or poorly fitted carpets. Investing in good carpets and having them fitted properly will reduce your risk of slipping, and always wearing non slip shoes or slippers in your home will help you to avoid injuries from slipping on hard floors. 

 2.Lighting. Most accidents involving elderly people happen in the home, and areas that are poorly lit are much more likely to pose a danger. Replace all dim or broken bulbs with brighter options, and ensure that lighting is positioned in the best places to keep you safe, especially around the stairs.

 3.Organisation. Making your home a safer place can be as simple as organising your kitchen cupboards so that you can reach everything you need without straining, or removing clutter that can be a trip hazard.

 4.Danger spots. It's important to be aware that a high percentage of accidents at home happen in the bathroom, and you can make this a safer place by installing handrail support or other assistive devices. Talk to us about the different options, including shower seats and alarm devices.

 5.Personal alarms. There is a risk of having a fall anywhere in your home or outside, so the best solution can be a personal fall alarm that alerts a carer or loved one if you need help. You can choose a device that is also a mobile phone, or a personal alarm that you wear around your neck is a popular choice. Some such devices have tracking abilities, and fall alarms will help to put your mind at ease when you are living alone in old age.

 

Independent Living Is Easier With HomeCare Technologies

 Here at HomeCare Technologies, we stock a wide range of care products and assisted living devices, including fall management bed railsfall alarms and large button mobile phones.

 Browse online now or use the contact form for specialist advice. Alternatively, call today on 1890 344 344 (Ireland) or (00)353 214 214 925 (outside Ireland) to discuss your situation. 

 

Epilepsy affects an estimated 40,000 people here in Ireland, but it is a condition that is much misunderstood. It is usually diagnosed when an individual has multiple seizures involving electrical ‘surges’ in the brain that can affect the whole body or just a part of it. Anyone can experience a single seizure, but epilepsy is diagnosed when someone has recurrent seizures. Being diagnosed with epilepsy does not necessarily need to impact on your working life, and many people will not experience another seizure once they are on the correct medication for their condition, but there are certain things that it may be helpful to know when you have epilepsy and are working or seeking a new role.

Epilepsy And Your Working Life:

  1. Understand your rights. You are not legally obliged to tell your employer that you have epilepsy, but it is recommended that you do so in order that reasonable provision for your condition can be made. Epilepsy is a condition that is recognised under Equality law, so it is against the law for your employer to discriminate against you because of it. The fact that you have epilepsy should not influence your initial appointment to your position, and should not have any bearing on any future promotions or additional responsibilities. You have the right to be considered for all positions and roles according to your abilities and competency, and your condition should not be taken in account.
  2. Protect yourself with an epilepsy alarm. An epilepsy alarm or monitor can help to make your daily life easier and safer as it is designed to alert you or a carer when you show signs that a seizure is likely to occur. Carrying or wearing an epilepsy alarm can help to bring you peace of mind at home and at work, and reduce your anxiety about seizures disrupting your life. At HomeCare Technologies, we will be happy to help you to decide on the best sort of monitor or alarm for your lifestyle. You can find out about other things that may help you by contacting local or online support groups or charities.
  3. Talk about your condition. When you talk to your employer about your epilepsy, you pave the way for them to understand the condition better and to put measures in place to make life easier for you and for anyone else with epilepsy who may work for the same employer at present or in the future. Spreading the word helps to educate others and this will, ultimately, lead to a better awareness of what having epilepsy really means.

Living With Epilepsy Is Easier With HomeCare Technologies

 

Here at HomeCare Technologies, we aim to make life easier for our clients and their carers, and we stock a wide range of care products and assisted living devices. If you are living with epilepsy, we will help you to find the best epilepsy and wellbeing products in our catalogue, including seizure alarms, fall alarms and large button mobile phones. Browse online now or use the contact form for specialist advice. Alternatively, call today on 1890 344 344 (Ireland) or (00)353 214 214 925 (outside Ireland) to discuss your situation.

Spending time with grandchildren is a joy to many people during their retirement, and can also be very helpful to parents who are busy working. Thinking outside the box can enable you to embrace new experiences and try things that you may not have previously considered, so take some time to consider your options carefully. 

Here at HomeCare Technologies, we love to hear about what you do during your retirement, and we know that this can be the most rewarding time of life for many people. Travelling with grandchildren can bring an extra dimension of fun, and it’s a great way to keep yourself young, too!

Ideas For Travelling With Your Grandchildren:

  • Stay local. If you’re new to travelling, or you have not spent a lot of time alone with your grandchildren before, plan a local trip as a good way to get used to travelling together. Pick an area that is close to home and explore it together, finding activities that appeal to all of you and keep everyone interested in the adventure. Look for museums and sites of historical interest, and try to tie these into the interests of the children wherever possible as it will be much easier to keep them on track!
  • Think about food. If you haven’t spent a great deal of time caring for your grandchildren on a regular basis, you will need to get used to considering the sorts of foods they like and whether or not they have special dietary requirements. Ensure that you have all the information you need if your grandchildren suffer with allergies, and always carry any medical information with you. 
  • Consider your budget. Think carefully about destinations that will give you the most for your money, but do not be tempted to cut corners and book something that is not suited to your needs. City breaks and versatile activity holidays may be a good idea to think about, and you are sure to find something that works well for everyone if you plan well ahead.
  • Take an adventure. If you’ve always wanted to visit a certain place, perhaps this is the time to share your dream with your grandchildren. Look at how you can adapt your plans to ensure that you all enjoy the trip, and think about how valuable this experience will be in your grandchildren’s lives.
  • Plan ahead. Your trip could be made difficult if you do not take the time to plan properly and ensure you have all the relevant passports, documentation and insurance you need. Don’t forget that you may need proof of your relationship to the children and that you have parental permission to travel with them. 

Live Independently For Longer With HomeCare Technologies

Here at HomeCare Technologies, we understand the challenges of ageing and we can help you to find the best solutions for your situation. Browse online now or use the contact form for specialist advice. Alternatively, call today on 1890 344 344 (Ireland) or (00)353 214 214 925 (outside Ireland) to discuss your situation. 

Are you entitled to public health services in Ireland? Did you know that you can now choose to access these services in another member state of the EU (European Union) or the EEA (European Economic Area)? This means that you can travel to any of these countries, including Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein, to access treatments and procedures, and be reimbursed.  

Since 2015, the Cross-Border Healthcare Directive has been fully enforced in Irish law, allowing citizens to travel abroad for elective treatments, scans and procedures at the cost of the HSE. This opens up many options for patients, as the legislation includes any planned procedures that are provided in Irish hospitals, including psychiatric and addiction treatment, orthodontic treatment and rehabilitation.

Common Questions About The Cross-Border Healthcare Directive:

  • Must I be on a waiting list for a procedure? No, there is no requirement to be on a waiting list, and your referral for the care you need can be made by a GP, a hospital consultant or another HSE clinician. 
  • Is long term care covered? No, the Cross-Border Healthcare Directive does not cover long term healthcare needs. It aims to provide solutions for those who are in need of planned procedures.
  • What is covered under the new legislation? Medical costs that can be reimbursed under this Directive include almost all elective treatments, but there is no provision to cover travel costs. Reimbursement will be the cost of the treatment in Ireland or the cost of it abroad, whichever is the lesser.
  • Where should I go for treatment? There is no stipulation or recommendation about where treatment should take place, but the Department of Health states that this decision should be made by the patient and his or her referring doctor, after identifying the clinician abroad and being satisfied that good standards of safety and care will be met.
  • When will I be reimbursed? You must ensure that you have the cost of treatment to begin with, since this legislation is designed to reimburse rather than pay initial costs. However, reimbursement is usually immediate when your application being processed. You should note that a code system is used to calculate treatment costs, and the charges for in-patient treatment in public hospitals in Ireland, currently €75 per night, will apply, and will be deducted from the amount you are reimbursed.
  • Does my trip need prior authorisation? Prior authorisation is required for all inpatient treatment or care, but is not necessary in most other cases. The Department of Health recommends that you discuss your planned treatment with the National Contact Point Office before you decide to go ahead with treatment. You can contact the National Contact Point Office at the Cross Border Healthcare Directive Department on 056 778 4546.

Find Healthcare Products in Ireland

If you have specific healthcare needs in Ireland, talk to us at HomeCare Technologies for information on products that can make life easier for patients and their families. Visit HomeCare Technologies online today or call 1890 344 344 (Ireland) or (00)353 214 214 925 (outside Ireland).


 

 

Life insurance policies, and other financial schemes such as funeral payment plans, can be a very important way to ensure that your family do not suffer financially in the event of your death. However, many people stop paying into these as they age, especially if money is tight and they no longer have dependent children living with them.

It is a good idea to have regular financial reviews throughout your lifetime, and these should not stop when you retire There are always many different types of expenditure, debt and savings plans, and ensuring that you are getting the most for your money at all times will bring you and your relatives peace of mind.

Financial Plans And Insurance You Should Consider:

  • Life insurance. Life insurance plans pay out in the event of your death or if you are diagnosed with a terminal illness, and some have the option of a lump sum payout in certain circumstances. You will usually be advised to ensure that your life is insured at least to the value of your mortgage and any other debts you hold, and some policies include provision in case you are unable to continue working due to illness.
  • Funeral payment plans. A funeral plan allows you to plan ahead for end of life costs, paying a monthly amount towards your own funeral or buying a funeral plan outright for a fixed amount. This will enable you to specify the type of funeral you would like and take the stress away from your loved ones when this difficult time comes. You can consider several different options, including traditional funeral ceremonies as well as more environmentally friendly options, and choose the plan that suits you, your family and your financial situation best.
  • Cost of care plans. As people are living longer than ever before, the need to allocate funds for the cost of care has become greater than ever. It is impossible to estimate these costs, as we cannot predict our health and longevity, but it is highly likely that many people will require extensive care or health treatments as they age, and savings or investment plans that prepare for this are an essential consideration.

Independent Living Made Easier With HomeCare Technologies

HomeCare Technologies aim to make independent living easier for the elderly and infirm, offering a comprehensive range of care products and assisted living devices. You can find the best safety and health products in our catalogue, including wander alarms, fall alarms and large button mobile phones.

Our team of friendly staff will be on hand to talk to you about the solutions that will best suit you and your loved ones, and you can be sure that we only recommend products that we know and trust. Browse online now or use the contact form for specialist advice. Alternatively, call today on 1890 344 344 (Ireland) or (00)353 214 214 925 (outside Ireland) to discuss your situation.


 

Although many people look forward to retirement, it is not always the easiest state to adjust to, and it requires a shifting of perspective and lifestyle. There are many things you can do to make this transition easier, and here at HomeCare Technologies, we are on hand to help. Whether you have been looking forward to retiring or have always seen it as the beginning of a decline into old age, you may have found it difficult to make plans or imagine your life without employment. Following our simple tips can help you to adapt to retirement more easily and ensure that you get the most out of your ‘golden years’.

Making The Most Of Your Retirement

  1. Slow down gradually. Going from a 40 hour working week to an empty diary can be a shock, and this can make it very difficult to adapt. Taking the steps towards retirement more gradually can be a much healthier way to change your lifestyle, so look into options that allow you to reduce to part time working before you stop altogether.
  2. Practice. Practising being retired may sound ridiculous, but if you are planning major lifestyle changes at this time, it is essential to trial these beforehand. If you plan to travel, or to move locations, use your weekends and holidays to try out these options, preparing you and your family for the transitions you have planned and ensuring that these are right for you.
  3. Nurture friendships. If all of your friendships are based around your working life, you may find that your retirement looks a little lonely. Try to explore new hobbies and build up new friendships with people in your local area. Don’t forget that you can still nourish the friendships you have made throughout your working life by keeping in touch although you are no longer in the same environment every day.
  4. Get involved. Volunteering for a local project or charity is a great way to make use of your time in retirement. Don't be tempted to commit to too many causes, but be selective and choose something that really matters to you. This can be a great way to make new friends and keep yourself busy, as well as giving something back to your community.
  5. Try new things. Retirement is a great opportunity to embrace new experiences and try things that you have not had time for before. Make a list of everything you have ever wanted to do, and be honest about what is achievable and what you are most passionate about. Good health will enable you to enjoy your retirement to the full, so take care of yourself and have a wonderful time!

Find Care Products Foe The Elderly In Ireland

As you age, you may find it becomes necessary to make adjustments to your home and your lifestyle. For products designed to promote independent living into old age, talk to us at HomeCare Technologies. Simply contact HomeCare Technologies online today or call 1890 344 344 (Ireland) or (00)353 214 214 925 (outside Ireland).

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? Perhaps your hobbies are no longer suitable now that you are older, or perhaps you have never had the time to explore leisure activities before. Although you may feel that your options are more limited than in your younger years, there are still many exciting and interesting activities that you can take up and enjoy in your retirement. Here at HomeCare Technologies, we know that a balanced lifestyle is important. Staying active, both physically and mentally, is the best way to ensure that you can maintain an independent lifestyle, as well as preventing many illnesses and conditions that could hamper your enjoyment of life.

Interesting Hobbies For Older People:

  1. Walking. Walking is an excellent way to stay fit and healthy, and it’s also a great way to socialise and make new friends. Explore new areas by joining a walking or hiking group, or meet up with old friends for a ramble and catch up. Ensure that you wear the correct footwear to prevent causing pain in your feet and legs, and build up the amount of walking you do gradually if you have not exercised regularly before.
  2. Learning a language. Keeping your mind agile is vital in the prevention of conditions such as dementia and Alzheimers, and stimulating every area of your brain will be very helpful here. Learning a new skill or a language can help to give your brain a workout, and it’s also a great way to meet new people and keep yourself busy.
  3. Cooking. Whether you have been cooking for your family for a lifetime or are new to creating meals from scratch, your retirement can be a good time to experiment with new recipes and techniques. Take a class in a different style of cookery, or try giving your grandchildren weekly baking lessons to pass on your skills and experience and spend some quality time together.
  4. Travel. Many people are so busy pursuing a career and juggling family life that they do not have time to see the world while they are younger. If you’ve always dreamed of exploring exotic places, do not give up on this idea because you are older but look into specialist travel planners for older people and find out how you can make this happen.
  5. Crafting. Creating something with your own hands is very rewarding, especially if you can pass it on to a loved one as a gift. Knitting, sewing, painting and woodwork are all highly prized skills that can be used to create wonderful gifts or items to sell, as well as being extremely popular with the younger generation, giving you very useful experience to pass on.

Big Button Mobile Phones From HomeCare Technologies

Loneliness and isolation can be serious issues for older people, and a big button mobile phone can be an excellent way to keep in touch with family and friends. Find specialist mobile phones and more in our online catalogue today. HomeCare Technologies specialise in care products for all the family, and our team of friendly staff will be happy to talk to you about the best solutions for your lifestyle. Browse online now or use the contact form for specialist advice. Alternatively, call today on 1890 344 344 (Ireland) or (00)353 214 214 925 (outside Ireland) to discuss your situation.

Feeling safe at home is extremely important, and ensuring that your home is a low risk environment will allow you to continue living independently for longer. Many people prefer to remain in their own home than move into a care facility, and there are many ways to create a safer environment in which to do so. Here at HomeCare Technologies, we are aware that the majority of accidents suffered by elderly people happen in their own homes. We supply many products and devices to help make your home a safer place, and we can help you to work out the best solutions for your environment and lifestyle.

Tips To Make Your Home Safer:

There are many different risk areas in the home, and focusing on these can reduce the risk of fall or injury. Here are a few things to consider when you’re aiming to create a safer space:

  1. Stairs. The stairs are a high risk area in the home, especially if carpets or floor coverings are unsecured. Think carefully about the floor coverings you have, and always wear non-slip shoes or slippers to walk around in your home. Keep stairs clear of clutter, and consider installing some hand rails so that you can keep yourself safer while walking up and down the stairs.
  2. Lighting. Poor lighting is often a cause of accidents, so do not neglect this aspect of your home decor. Ensure that all light bulbs are working, and ask a friend or relative to help you to replace any that are not. Use lamps in dimly lit areas, and explore brighter lighting options in any areas of your home that are not well lit.
  3. Bathroom. The bathroom is an area in which many accidents occur, and this is due to hard surfaces that can become slippery when wet. You could consider adding hand rails or grab rails for extra support, and think about whether you may find it easier to have a seat in your shower or a walk-in bathtub that allows you to avoid climbing in and out of a standard bath.
  4. Kitchen. Reaching for items stored in high kitchen cupboards can increase your risk of slipping or falling, and a reorganisation plan can help in many ways. Consider what you use most frequently, and ensure that high shelves are only used for items that you will not need to access by yourself.
  5. The weather. Consider how the weather will affect the safety of your home, and do what you can to improve this. For example, ensure that you have a system in place to prevent people from walking in with wet shoes and causing a slip hazard in your entranceway. It is a good idea to keep salt outside your front door so that you can reduce the risk of slipping in freezing weather, and do not be afraid to ask for help from neighbours or friends as most people will be very pleased to help you out.

Fall Alarms For The Elderly In Ireland

To find out more about fall alarms and other devices designed to keep you safer in your home, talk to our friendly team at HomeCare Technologies today. Simply contact HomeCare Technologies online today or call 1890 344 344 (Ireland) or (00)353 214 214 925 (outside Ireland).

Many elderly people experience worries about their risk of falling, and as we age, we become more susceptible to broken bones and serious injuries if we fall. There are, however, many things that we can do to reduce our risk of falling, and thinking ahead can help us to protect ourselves in this situation. If you are worried about falling, or you are a carer for someone who is becoming frailer with age, you can talk to us at HomeCare Technologies about our advice and recommendations. We specialize in products that help the elderly to live independently for longer, and we will always be happy to discuss your unique situation with you.

Tips For Preventing Falls:

  1. Keep moving. People who keep up a regular exercise routine are likely to stay fit and healthy for longer, and their risk of falling will subsequently be lower than those who lead a very sedentary lifestyle. Talk to a health professional about introducing a new form of exercise, and try to raise your heart rate for at least 30 minutes, five times a week.
  2. Don’t neglect your eyesight. People with poor sight are, of course, much more prone to accidents than those who have perfect vision. Ensure you make regular visits to your optician so that problems such as cataracts can be addressed and your prescription kept up to date.
  3. Consider your diet. Eating well can prevent a huge amount of health problems, including brittle bones and osteoporosis. Vitamin D is crucial for strengthening bones, and this can be supplemented if necessary.
  4. Take practical measures. There are many devices that are designed to assist with fall prevention, such as fall alarms, which are designed to alert a carer if an accident occurs. In the home, you can also target problem areas such as the stairs and the bathroom, by installing handrails and grip bars, and a general removal of clutter will also help to reduce hazards.
  5. Talk about it. Discuss the concerns you have about falling, or encourage your loved ones to talk to you about their worries. Coming up with a strategy, such as an alarm that alerts the mobile phone of a family member, can help to set your mind at ease and make you all feel more comfortable.

Reliable Wander Alarms From HomeCare Technologies

Our team of friendly staff will be happy to talk to you about the best solutions for your situation, and we pride ourselves on knowing our catalogue inside out. Browse online now or use the contact form for specialist advice. Alternatively, call today on 1890 344 344 (Ireland) or (00)353 214 214 925 (outside Ireland) to discuss your situation.

Back pain is a fairly common problem for people of all ages, but many people experience it worsening as they age. However, although many people live with back pain, statistics show that less than 1% of these have a permanent or serious condition for which medical intervention is necessary. This means that, for the vast majority of people with back pain, there are several ways that you can help yourself to feel better. Here at HomeCare Technologies, we know that problems such as back pain can be debilitating and isolating, especially for the elderly. However, we offer many products that can help and will always be happy to discuss your situation and come up with the best solution for you.

How To Manage Back Pain

If you live with back pain, you may notice that it is worse in the morning, when you get up. Alternatively, you may feel more pain in the evening, when you have been active all day. Finding out when your back hurts most can enable you to work out strategies to help, and the following may be useful to you:

  1. Stretch it out. A good exercise routine first thing in the morning can be very helpful in getting your spine moving, and loosening up your muscles and joints. You can talk to a health professional about the best sort of stretches for your particular back pain, and then try to maintain this on a daily basis.
  2. Eat a balanced diet. Healthy muscles require a healthy diet to stay strong, so ensure that you get a good variety of foods to keep you in good shape, including calcium rich foods such as sardines. Weight gain can cause back pain, due to the extra pressure on your muscles, so pay attention to portion size to maintain a healthy weight as well.
  3. Keep moving. People who lead a sedentary lifestyle often experience back pain due to the pressure this can put on the spine. Give your muscles a rest by taking regular breaks to walk around and stretch out, and do not sit for longer than an hour at any time. You should exercise regularly, aiming to increase your heart rate for 30 minutes at least five times a week.
  4. Take care of yourself. Many back injuries are caused by heavy lifting or work such as gardening that involves bending over for long periods of time. When you are carrying anything, ensure that the weight is distributed evenly, and ensure that you take all the necessary precautions to protect your muscles while you work.
  5. Think about prevention. Back pain in the elderly can often lead to falls, so a fall management bed rail, or handrail support on the stairs or in the bathroom, can be very helpful. A big button mobile phone is often a lifesaver, allowing an elderly person to contact a carer or loved one for help if they are at risk of falling or if an accident has happened.
  6. Don’t scrimp on sleep. Humans spend long periods of their lives in bed, and an uncomfortable mattress can cause serious back pain. Ensure that you sleep on a supportive surface that allows your spine to maintain a good alignment, and experiment with pillows under your knees or hips to see if this helps to reduce your pain.

Find Products For The Elderly In Ireland

For products designed to promote independent living for longer, talk to us at HomeCare Technologies. Simply contact HomeCare Technologies online today or call 1890 344 344 (Ireland) or (00)353 214 214 925 (outside Ireland).