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Did you know that there are around 4,000 people in Ireland living with younger onset or early onset dementia? When people under the age of 65 develop early onset dementia, this is usually characterised by memory problems, confusion, changes in behaviour and apathy or depression. Symptoms vary, and obtaining a diagnosis is often a long process as this condition is rare.

Early onset dementia can affect individuals with young families, and those who are working, which makes it difficult to cope with the condition on a daily basis. Here at HomeCare Technologies, we will be happy to talk to you about services and devices that can help to make things a little easier when you are living with a condition such as this.

Make Life Easier If You Have Early Onset Dementia

If you or a loved one face a future that includes early onset dementia, you may find the following advice helpful:

1. Reduce the worry. Anxiety about wandering can be a cause for concern for many people who live with early onset dementia, and maintaining a safe environment is crucial. Making use of devices such as GPS tracking systems, which can be used via a big button mobile phone, can help to bring peace of mind to all concerned, and we can advise you on systems that can automatically contact your emergency numbers if a safe boundary is breached.

2. Build support networks. There are many support groups in local communities and online, and becoming familiar with these will help you to get to know others in similar situations. Both those living with early onset dementia and their families and carers will require support, and building good networks from the beginning can be very helpful.

3. Make daily life more manageable. Some of the symptoms of early onset dementia include memory problems and difficulty with routine tasks, and this means that daily life can become more challenging. Devices such as pill box systems with daily medication reminders can be extremely reassuring and help you to adapt to life with this condition.

4. Work with your care team. Whether you are living independently or with your family, you will be able to access medical care and support if you have a condition such as early onset dementia. You should talk to your care team about the options available to you and make sure that you are benefiting from all of the services in your area. There may be additional support available for your loved ones, including children, so it is worth finding out all you can about this type of provision.

Find Independent Living Devices In Ireland

Our friendly and helpful team at HomeCare Technologies will be happy to talk with you about the best products for your unique situation, and we will only recommend products we trust. Simply contact HomeCare Technologies online today or call 1890 344 344 (Ireland) or (00)353 214 214 925 (outside Ireland).

Whether you are an elderly person living independently or a family member caring for an elderly loved one, you may have concerns about safety and wellbeing. The following assistive devices have been designed to make life easier for people in these circumstances, and you may find that they can help to bring you peace of mind. Here at HomeCare Technologies, we have a great range of products that can make it easier to cope with daily life as you age. We only recommend products that we trust, and we will be happy to talk to you about your unique situation and help you to find the best solutions for you.

Assistive Devices That May Help You Every Day

Our favourite assistive devices are simple and easy to incorporate into your daily life. We recommend:

1 Pendant alarm. A pendant alarm is a very helpful device that can literally be a lifesaver. Worn around the neck and connected with your big button phone, the pendant can be activated to notify up to three pre-programmed numbers so that you can summon help when needed. This offers a system that is easy to set up and use, and can help to alleviate anxieties about accidents and injuries in or out of the home.

2 Security border patrol. Wandering is a real concern for those who have dementia or memory problems, and establishing a safe boundary that will alert a carer if it is breached can be very reassuring. This is a popular and non invasive way to maintain a safe environment and is highly recommended where wandering is a risk.

3 Man down alarm. We love devices that can perform many helpful functions at once, and this big button mobile phone with man down feature and seizure alarm is a really great option. With automatic alarms for man down or if the carrier is motionless, as well as a self activated option and GPS localisation, this is an excellent choice to support safe independent living.

4 Call and receive watch. This wireless calling system is an easy option that is worn on the wrist and makes communication simple up to a range of 150 metres. Bringing peace of mind to the wearer and to those caring for him or her, this system uses advanced technology to ensure that calling for help is as simple as possible.

5 Fall safety mat. Much of the process of making independent living easier is about building confidence and providing reassurance that help will be available if needed. A fall safety mat such as this can help to prevent injuries in the event of a fall, and alert a carer via an alarm to ensure that help is close at hand.

Find Assistive Devices You Can Rely On At HomeCare Technologies

Here at HomeCare Technologies, we stock fall management bed rails, fall alarms and large button mobile phones, and we are happy to 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.

Retirement is no longer a time for sedate activities, but rather an opportunity to enjoy a full and varied life that can be further improved by the use of some popular gadgets. Seniors are embracing technology like never before as they are seeing how useful it can be in their lives, and certain gadgets are seeing a surge in popularity amongst this age group. Here at HomeCare Technologies, we know that many elderly people are unsure about using new technology on a daily basis, and often rely on their children and grandchildren to help them with this. However, as the Baby Boomer generation, who have already proved themselves to be serious gadget consumers, grow older, we are likely to see the first generation of grandparents with technology superior to that of their younger relatives!

 

Gadgets That Seniors Love:

  1. Smartphones. Smartphones are an essential for many people these days, and older generations are keen to make the most of the benefits they offer. With cameras, navigation tools and apps to impress the grandkids, many seniors find smartphones extremely useful in daily life. For those with mobility issues, there are now several big button smartphones available, and you can see some of the best in our online catalogue.
  2. Hearing aids. Did you know that some hearing aids contain more sophisticated technology than a smartphone? Hearing loss is a common complaint amongst seniors, and most people do not realise that untreated hearing loss can lead to linked conditions such as dementia and depression. Modern digital hearing aids are tiny and very sensitive, and can often be controlled via a smartphone and used to stream mu-sic or audio. 
  3. Reminder apps. There are several apps that can be particularly useful for seniors, including medication reminders that can help you to avoid missed doses of important medicines and supplements. Calendar apps can also be very helpful to keep track of appointments, social engagements and arrangements.
  4. Social media. Social media is a phenomenon that younger generations have grown up with, but many older people are finding their place with-in the popular platforms such as Facebook, and are making use of tools like Skype and video calling to keep in touch with family members and friends all over the world. This can be a really important way to combat the isolation that many seniors experience.
  5. Computers. As they have become more sophisticated, many computers and tablets have become easier to use and more reliable. Many seniors use desktops, laptops and tablets on a daily basis, and there are many models designed especially for people with limited mobility or impaired hearing or sight. If you are considering investing in a computer of any kind, it is worth taking the time to research and consult an expert before you make your selection.

Find Technological Solutions For Seniors In Ireland

For mobile phones, panic alarms, pendant alarms and more, simply contact HomeCare Technologies online today or call 1890 344 344 (Ireland) or (00)353 214 214 925 (outside Ireland).

Living with an elderly parent can be challenging in many ways, but it can also be an extremely rewarding way to support a loved one who is no longer able to live alone. If you are considering moving in with an elderly parent, or asking one or both of your parents to move into your home, you should be prepared for the complex situations you are likely to face. Here at HomeCare Technologies, we aim to make life easier for carers and those they support. We will always be happy to discuss your situation with you, and can help you to find products and solutions that work for you. Here are our top tips for making it work when you care for an elderly parent at home.

Caring At Home: Our Top Tips

  1. Be prepared. Although it can be tricky to discuss what will happen as your parents get older and become unable to live independently, it is essential to talk about this as honestly as you can. Be clear that you wish to discuss difficult matters now to make things easier in the future, and talk about issues such as healthcare and finances in advance so that these are easier to manage at the time.
  2. Enlist support. Caring for your elderly parent can be a wonderful experience, but it is also very draining and intense, and you should enlist support wherever possible. Talk to your siblings about how they will contribute to relieving the stress on you, whether this involves taking on some caring responsibilities or paying for respite care on occasions. It is also important to build good networks with the medical professionals and organisations that exist in your area for situations such as this. You may have a local charity that runs a day centre, for example, or a social care service that can provide some care to give you a break.
  3. Invest in solutions. There are many devices available that can make it easier to manage caring for an elderly parent in your home. At HomeCare Technologies, we will be happy to help you to find the best solutions, including panic alarms, fall mats and handrails, so that you can make your home a safer place and give yourself and your parent peace of mind.
  4. Be aware of medical complications. If your loved one is suffering with dementia, it may be much more difficult to care for him or her at home. You should ensure that hearing loss is treated promptly in order to reduce the risk of linked cognitive diseases such as this, and always seek help from a medical professional if you suspect that a serious medical condition is developing.

Caring For Your Elderly Parent Is Easier With HomeCare Technologies

Here at HomeCare Technologies, we stock a wide range of care products and assisted living devices that are ideally suited to those caring for the elderly at home. We will help you to find the best safety and wellbeing products in our catalogue, including panic alarms, fall alarms and big 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.

Have you always dreamed of seeing the world but now wonder if you’ve left it too late? With more healthy years ahead of them and more disposable income than previous generations of seniors, many older people are taking the opportunity to travel and explore the world. Many people worry that traveling will be much more difficult now that they are older, but this need not put you off. There is no reason why traveling should be limited simply because you are a senior, and you may be surprised by how much you enjoy making the most of your freedom and flexibility.

Dream Big But Plan Ahead!

There’s no need to give up on your plans to travel the world just because you are older many people continue to take exotic and exciting adventures well into their old age - but some careful planning will ensure that you don’t run into frustrating hurdles. Here are our top travelling tips for seniors:

  1. Do your research. You are more likely to experience complications with your health as you age, so take the time to research healthcare provision in the destinations you are considering. Think about the sorts of food you will be comfortable eating, and consider the sorts of activities you would like to try.
  2. Prepare for difficult situations. Think about what you would do if an unexpected situation arose while traveling, and do what you can to prepare for this. Take out a comprehensive insurance policy, and ensure that you know where emergency medical help can be sought in the places you are traveling to.
  3. Minimise stress. You will enjoy your traveling experience more if you are not beset by stressful situations, so do what you can to reduce the likelihood of these occurring. Take direct flights wherever possible, and book accommodation that is likely to result in a good night’s sleep for you!
  4. Address health concerns. Pay a visit to your doctor before you travel, and ensure that you have enough of any necessary medications to see you through your trip. If you will be away for an extended time, you may need to arrange to have more medication sent to you, or to collect some from a local pharmacy while you are away. Medications should always be clearly labelled and packed in their original packaging, and you may also want to consider carrying a panic alarm to summon help if needed.
  5. Stay in touch. It is likely that your family members and friends will be concerned about your wellbeing while you are away, so put their minds at ease by keeping in touch via video call or email. Check that your mobile phone will work at your destination, and make a plan to stay in contact another way if necessary.

Most importantly, don’t forget to relax and enjoy your travels!

Find Technological Solutions For Seniors In Ireland

Our friendly team can help you to find solutions that will make life easier for you while you’re travelling as well as at home. Simply contact HomeCare Technologies online today or call 1890 344 344 (Ireland) or (00)353 214 214 925 (outside Ireland).

The summer is a great time to get outdoors and try something new, and challenging yourself to meet new people can lead to many fun experiences. Here at HomeCare Technologies, we specialise in products that can make life easier for older people and their carers, and we will be delighted to help you to find solutions that enable you to make the most of the summer this year.

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5 Summer Activity Ideas For Seniors

  1. Try a new sport. Exercise is a vital way to keep your mind and body healthy, and trying a new sport or activity can be a great way to meet new people, too. Hiking and rambling are very popular activities for seniors, but you may prefer cycling or swimming for a full body workout. If you’ve never exercised before, you should check with your doctor before beginning a new regime.
  2. Volunteer in your community. Volunteering with a local group or charity can be a wonderful way to engage your skills in useful work and feel that you are contributing to your community. There are many organisations in need of help, and you may find that volunteering with like-minded people is a very good way to make new friends this summer.
  3. Learn a language. Many people dream of learning a language but assume that they will not be able to do this because they are ‘too old’. There’s no denying that it is harder to develop language skills in adult-hood, but it is not impossible, it is great for your cognitive skills, and it can be a very rewarding hobby - especially if you can take a holiday to try out what you have learned!
  4. Talk to friends and loved ones. Many older people experience isolation, and it is important to be aware of this and to make an effort to keep in touch with your friends and loved ones. At HomeCare Technologies, we have an excellent range of mobile phones, including large button models for people with limited mobility or impaired sight, and we can help you to find the best options so that you can keep in touch this summer.
  5. Explore your local culture. Visiting your local theatres and galleries can be a wonderful way to engage yourself in your local community and try new things. Challenge yourself to attend events that you would not normally choose, or join a group that meets regularly for cultural events and enjoy socialising with others at the same time.

Caring For Your Elderly Parent Is Easier With HomeCare Technologies

Here at HomeCare Technologies, we stock a wide range of care products and assisted living devices for the elderly and their carers. We can help you to find the best solutions for your situation, including pendant 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 Ire-land).

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).