How do you get the facts about your older parent’s behaviour?

How do you get the facts about your older parent’s behaviour?  First of all you need to step back from the  situation and resist the urge to step in and fix what you see as problems.  You cannot fix anything until you figure out what the problems are.  And that takes time, gentle questioning and a […]

How to spot that your older relative is not coping or becoming forgetful

How to  spot that your older relative is not coping or becoming forgetful , here are some suggestions:  Hoarding or gathering clutter Confusion about what medication they have taken Unpaid bills Not much food in the fridge & cupboards Burnt pots and pans Stains on clothing Hair standing on end Failure to shower or bath […]

Are you worried about the farm under the Fair Deal Scheme?

Are you worried about the farm under the Fair Deal Scheme when it comes to senior living ? Farm families are particularly attached to the land because it has provided their livelihood for years and it may have been passed down through the generations.   This area has been quite muddled for a number of years […]

Ageing and Denial in Ireland

Ageing and denial go hand in hand in Ireland today. My father used to say “Gosh, so and so has got very old looking, not realising that he was getting old looking himself!” I think that denial is a mixture between being too busy, too stressed and being too vain.   Nobody wants to admit that […]

Don’t assume that you are too well off for the Fair Deal Scheme

Don’t assume that you are too well off for the Fair Deal Scheme in relation to care for the elderly.   Emer Lavin Eldercare has come across people who are under the misconception that the Fair Deal scheme is not for them.  They think that they are too rich.  But it pays to do the calculations […]

What Covid 19 has taught us about senior care

What Covid 19  has taught us about senior care is that people tend to ignore eldercare issues until it is too late.  Covid-19 has sadly touched many areas of Irish society especially the lives of older people. Current events have highlighted the importance of family relationships and the importance of care for the elderly.  Covid […]

Understanding the Cost of Care…

The topic of elder care can be very difficult to talk about, or to even think about; but it is important that you do not leave it until it’s too late. Understanding the cost of care is critical before organising homecare or signing up for the Fair Deal Scheme.   Senior care or care of the […]

The cost of care for older people including the Fair Deal Scheme

The cost of care for older people including the Fair Deal Scheme is a real worry for families.  Whether you provide care within the family or get paid homecare or nursing home care there will be extra demands on your time, your money and your energy.   Most people have to go to work and look […]

Ageing Well

  Ageing well – having reached the grand old age of 50 years recently I am starting to think about the concept of ageing.   And the aches and creaks are starting.  When someone mentions the words “oh she is ageing well” it always makes me think of skincare.   And whilst skincare is an important part […]

What is the Decision Support Service?

What is the Decision Support Service?  Have you heard of it and who does it relate to?  The answer is that the Decision Support Service is a new Government  Agency which provides information to anyone whose capacity may be impaired  to enable that person to put in place an agreement to get assistance in making […]