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Home Instead ChristmasWith Christmas just around the corner and many hoping to return home to spend time with elderly parents or family relatives in the coming weeks, Home Instead Senior Care is advising to keep an eye out for tell-tale signs that our elderly relatives may need more help around the home.

According to Steven Tubbritt, General Manager Home Instead Senior Care Waterford, as we move out of Level 5 of the Government’s Living with COVID-19 plan, many of us will have a long-awaited opportunity to spend quality time with family this season.

“In the past, I think we all tended to take for granted spending time with our families over Christmas. This Christmas, more than ever, that time together will be even more special and cherished. Isolation, uncertainty and anxiety have been particularly prevalent in the elderly population as they faced the challenges brought by COVID-19.”

“However, for anyone spending time with an elderly family member, it is the perfect opportunity to make sure that they are looking after themselves properly, have sufficient food and heat and are safe in their homes.”

“Sometimes changes in health or well-being are particularly noticeable when visiting a relative after a long period of time, and it is advisable to assess these changes.”

The warning signs that indicate an ageing parent or relative may need more help at home include:

  • Do they seem to be eating well or is food spoiling in the fridge?
  • Have they stopped doing daily grooming rituals like taking a shower or fixing their hair?
  • Is the house cold? Is there enough oil / heating fuel?
  • Are they taking the right medications in the right doses at the right times?
  • Does their car have new scratches or dents?
  • Is post or newspapers piling up without being read?
  • Are they using furniture, towel bars or shower curtains to pull themselves up to stand?

With evenings drawing in and temperatures falling as winter makes its presence felt, useful practices can be put in place to ensure our family members stay warm and safe over the long winter months.

Make sure the house is well stocked with the essentials, such as batteries for the smoke alarm, medicines, particularly repeat prescriptions and plenty of tinned fruit and veg and non-perishables such as pasta and rice.

Steven also advises that encouraging our senior relatives to wear several thin layers of clothes, instead of one heavy layer and to keep all internal windows and door closed to keep heat in, will keep them warmer longer throughout the day.

If you suspect that you or a loved one have COVID-19 call your local GP on the phone to ask for advice. Do not visit their surgery unannounced. You can also Callsave the HSE Helpline on 1850 24 1850 to seek advice and follow their instructions.

As you go home again over the festive period be aware of the things that may be changing for your senior relatives. Be ready to spot the signs, have those tough conversations and help them get the support they need to remain happy and safe in their own home as long as possible.

Home Instead Senior Care provides services to seniors in their own homes and is approved by the HSE. Its CAREGivers help clients maintain their independence by assisting them with activities of daily living such as personal care, meal preparation, laundry, shopping, and light housekeeping.

To find out more about Home Instead Senior Care Waterford call 051 333966 or 058 75298 or visit

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DATES: Mon 23rd Nov – Fri 27th

PRIZE: €50 Waterford gift vouchers (2 x gift voucher Friday)

Just text us on 083 33 33 975 and you will have the chance to win one of our €50 Waterford Chamber Gift Vouchers thanks to Clinton Higgins Chartered Accountants – 118/119 The Quay Waterford.

Clinton Higgins Chartered Accountants want to encourage people to shop local this Christmas in Waterford stores.

Clinton Higgins provide a range of services from
• Bookkeeping
• Payroll
• Accounts
• Taxation
• Audit

There has been lots of changes announced by Revenue during the Covid pandemic – for advice on any aspect of your business contact Sharon Power @ Clinton Higgins on 051 364000 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Since March 2020, many employers have found themselves having to shift abruptly to flexible/remote working and perhaps the time has come to accept that these arrangements will no longer be temporary going forward.

In a recent Irish survey over 5,600 employees were asked; what are the top three challenges they faced while working from home through COVID 19 lockdowns?

  • Not being able to switch off from work
  • No Work Life Balance
  • No separation of workplace and home life
  • Collaboration and communication with colleagues more difficult
  • Poor physical workspace (Bedroom Desk, Kitchen Table)
  • Unable to concentrate because of family interruptions
  • Poor Productivity because it does not “feel like work”
  • When asked to if they would like to continue to work remotely after the crisis, (83%) of the participants indicated that distributed work is here to stay

Link to Survey:

The results of this Irish survey clearly show that remote/working from home, is here to stay. In trying to adapt to this new reality, many companies have announced that they are going fully remote or offering employees a hybrid approach. This option will achieve a more creative way of working and gives employees freedom and flexibility, while still preserving that human connection and company culture.


Increased Productivity - Many studies show that between 75% and 90% of remote/co-workers have a strong sense of belonging, members feel more engaged, more motivated to work, and share a strong ethos of cross pollination by being part of a community of entrepreneurs.

No Agent Fees | No Maintenance Costs

Savings on Facilities - Working from Boxworks means minimising your costs in many areas including: electricity, water, monthly costs of coffee food snacks milk etc., all these are savings in addition to a business’ profits of 55% over the year for items such as catering, heating, lighting, utilities, running costs and cleaning.

Office Fitting - The space is decorated and can be configured on request

Pay for the Office, Not the Facilities - As opposed to renting a leased office, you only pay for the space that you need in a coworking office. Facilities like toilets, kitchens, meeting rooms and break rooms are communal, managed facilities. The coworking office provider takes care of these so that you only pay for the desk/office that you use. This can provide huge savings for a company

Networking - Although this is not technically a money-saving point, the opportunities to network in coworking space can provide am extra source of income and help your company’s growth. Coworking offices are packed with small to medium-sized businesses and the networking possibilities are endless.

Flexible Space – as your needs grow your space can grow

Better Mental Health for Employees - Around 82% of telecommuters have lower stress levels than in-house workers. Stress is a big contributor to mental health problems like anxiety and depression; cutting this is obviously crucial to a productive workforce.

Work Schedule

One of the huge benefits of hiring remote teams is that work can be done around the clock – and not just during office hours at the location where your team is based. Boxworks has a 24/7 access policy allowing members to create their own work schedule and so gives them the freedom to come and go.

Future Trends - Remote working is a trend that many companies are looking to adopt in the future and trends show that many have already taken the plunge. If you feel like the benefits of remote working for employers benefits you, we offer a no-lease, low rent, pay by month agreement where every employee aligned to one of our spaces has 24/7 access, access to team meeting rooms, reception/recreational area, and while there may be some exceptions based on team and role, employees will also have flexibility to relocate outside of locations where we currently have offices. Utilisation of Boxworks space can vary by team needs and have already set up our second space as remote workers concentration changes.

Since April 2020 Boxworks has seen an increased use of our designated desk and office space in both our city centre locations, Patrick Street and John’s Lane. We are living through a challenging time and coworking has not stopped – it is adapting, and we believe this ‘new normal’ brings an opportunity to redesign the way we connect with the world of enterprise.

The Offer

Book 4 Desks for Employees for €1,000 a month plus Vat. Assign each worker 2-3 days a week per desk, facilitating 8-12 Employee Per Week

Book an Office for 1-2 Employees for €350 +vat a month –





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Presented by Chef John Whelan of The Devil’s Menu in association with Siemens studioLine, delivered online on Monday, 30th November 2020.

On the night, Evoke Kitchens' Ambassador Chef John Whelan of The Devil’s Menu in Graiguenamanagh will cook up a festive feast in his own Evoke Kitchen using Siemens studioLine appliances, and he’ll show you how to re-create the mouth-watering Christmas dishes at home, regardless of what appliances you use. We’ll also have some fabulous wine pairing suggestions from the experts in World Wide Wines.

It's free to attend but registration is essential. Simply register your interest on and we’ll send you all of the links and information you’ll need to enjoy a sumptuous evening filled with festive recipes and delicious food.

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Our central location in Waterford City with free car-parking (subject to availability), along with our stylish and contemporary rooms - make the Fitzwilton Hotel a great choice for corporate accommodation in Waterford.

We understand that you may need to check in early, you may need hi-speed WiFi, free on-site parking, breakfast to go…. that is why… we provide it!

We offer Corporate Rates for large corporate clients with bespoke rates and packages. We also offer Corporate Rates for individual business travellers available to book direct. To avail of these rates for our Business Travellers, simply click on the following link

RIKON Marketing Webinar

South East Marketing Forum are delighted to announce our second webinar event in the ‘Marketing Done Smart’ series, titled “Social Media Marketing on Zero Budget”. Presented by expert panel of Danny O’Brien – Digital Marketing Manager at ICHAS College and Lecturer in Marketing and Enterprise & Innovation at Griffith College; and Dr. Anthony Foley – senior researcher at RIKON and lecturer in marketing at Waterford Institute of Technology.

The event will take place on Thursday, November 26th at 7pm and will provide business owners and marketing professionals with the insights on how to conduct cost-effective marketing practices through social media, whilst maximising the return on investment and reaching your desired customer segments. Delivered by a social media marketing expert Danny O’Brien, important factors such as best practice, common mistakes and the importance of planning will also be discussed on the night.

Registration to attend the event is currently open and completely free, but places are limited, so book your place at the webinar now. Registration closes on November 25th at 8pm.

Dooleys Hotel Lunchtime Delivery

With everything that’s going on at this strange time, it’s the little things that make it a little easier.

Here at Dooley’s Hotel we’ve launched a lunchtime delivery menu that will keep you fuelled throughout the day.

Just choose your lunch option, call us on 051 873 531 before 10.30am and we’ll deliver you and your colleagues fresh and tasty lunch to your door.


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