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Home Instead Isolation COVID 19A recent report from The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) found that 45% of people over the age of 75 reported feeling lonely some of the time and 38% of people with dementia said that they have lost friends after their diagnosis.

While COVID-19 has had a detrimental effect on almost all of society, those over 70 years of age have been heavily impacted. While many of us were and are still taking sensible precautions by social distancing, for older people, cocooning was a more extreme measure put in place for those as they were in a high risk category of severe illness from the virus.

COVID-19 has disrupted many support services for older people such as day care centres and respite facilities, increasing feelings of loneliness and isolation. There is also a risk of secondary impacts on people’s health due to them not seeking help due to fear of the virus. Age is also a factor as research suggests older people are more impacted both physically and mentally by loneliness than younger people.

Steven Tubbritt, Home Instead Senior Care Waterford says now that society is slowly opening up it is important to reconnect and engage with older people. “We know that people with more social ties have better general health, are less depressed, live longer and are less likely to develop dementia.”

“The past three months have been particularly hard on older generations and their feelings of loneliness and isolation were further exacerbated by the fear of COVID-19. Family members may have not been able to see their elderly parents or neighbours as often and may have stayed away to stave off the spread of the virus.”

“Now that we are less restricted, it is crucially important to be there for an older family member. Simply engaging in stimulating social activities can slow cognitive decline and the progression of dementia.”

The figures surrounding loneliness and isolation are quite stark with evidence highlighting that older people experiencing high levels of loneliness are almost twice as likely to die within six years, compared to those who are not lonely. Loneliness has been associated with a broad range of adverse psychological conditions including anxiety, depression, substance abuse, social deviance, lower social skills, a more critical view of self, and perfectionism. 

Steven added, there are things all of us can do to help alleviate loneliness. “Exercise is a great tonic, so if you can get out for a socially distant walk regularly with Mam or Dad or encourage them to get out for at least twenty minutes a day. Exercise is vital for brain health, as when we exercise, we process short term memory.”

“If you have returned to work and cannot be present as often, engage with them through technology. If they have not already embraced technology, help and encourage them to. Studies indicate that learning new skills helps to maintain brain health.”

“To help alleviate feeling of loneliness and isolation, there is nothing better than offering your time and company. However, if you cannot spend time with an older family member, ensure a carer, neighbour or another family member can.”

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.

Home Instead Senior Care has taken a wide range of measures aimed at protecting its clients, staff, and CAREGivers, in the face of COVID-19.

If you have any concerns about a senior relative during these challenging and unprecedented times you can call Home Instead Senior Care on 051 333966 or visit

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Port of Waterford DD VigilantA major new report has identified the Port of Waterford at Belview as ideally placed to serve Ireland’s growing offshore wind energy sector which is says could create 2,500 jobs over the next 10 years with investment of €42bn over the lifetime of the infrastructure.

Produced by the Carbon Trust for the Irish Wind Energy Association and part-funded by Green Tech Skillnet, ‘Harnessing Our Potential’ calls for strategic investment into one or more Irish ports to take advantage of the commercial opportunity of delivering 3.5GW of offshore wind by 2030. This is the level required by our Climate Action Plan.

In a detailed readiness assessment of 16 Irish ports under physical characteristics and connectivity, Waterford was one of just two ports – along with Dublin which is already regarded as at capacity – to meet all requirements. Waterford also scored strongly for availability of additional land for development, proximity to existing offshore wind farm developments and access to the national road network.

The report’s authors write of Waterford – “The Port’s physical characteristics and connectivity mean it has good potential to serve the growth in offshore wind. It is currently one of the few ports in the Republic of Ireland capable of handling the weight of larger offshore wind turbines. Existing brownfield land at the Port already in use for storing onshore wind turbines has the potential to accommodate staging with little investment or manufacturing with significant investment.

“Given the area available to the Port, it is well-placed to serve the construction stage of offshore wind with a certain level of investment. Redevelopment of other lands around Belview has also the potential for the Port to become an offshore wind cluster if the economic case can be proven.”

Commenting on the report, Frank Ronan, CEO, Port of Waterford, said: “There is clearly a huge commercial opportunity as Ireland moves more and more towards renewable energy to meet our international commitments to address climate change.

“This wide-ranging report puts clear data behind that opportunity and challenges all of us to seize the opportunity. From our own perspective at Waterford, we have been working for some time to position Belview as an ideal location for this type of activity over the coming decade and well beyond 2030. This is a central theme in both our Corporate Plan to 2023 and Masterplan to 2044. We look forward to further constructive engagement with multiple stakeholders to advance this ambition.”

Further information and the full report is available at

Senior walkingAs the country prepares to move from Phase One to Phase Two in the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, many businesses will reopen their doors to the public under new health and safety guidelines.

The reopening of businesses will see more people returning to their place of work and  this will mean those who have been previously caring for older family members may not be in a position to do so anymore.

Steven Tubbritt, Home Instead Senior Care Waterford, said that this could pose a problem for family carers who will now not be in a position to administer the same levels of care to an older relative.

“While it is very much a positive that businesses are reopening in phased stages, for those who have taken on the care of isolating or cocooning relatives over the last few months, it will be an anxious time.”

“The first thing Home Instead Senior Care suggests is drawing up a care plan with other family members and friends. Consider the needs of the older person, what do they need to stay safe and happy in their own homes.”

“While over 70’s can now leave their homes for exercise and fresh air, visits to the shops or pharmacies are still not advised. So firstly, draw up a rota for shopping and prescription pick-ups to ensure they are well stocked with nutritious and non-perishable foodstuffs.”

“Secondly, if you can’t spend as much time with them, perhaps reach out to a neighbour that will be able to call in for a chat, help out in the garden or with any DIY repairs on the exterior of the house.”

Professional care providers can also provide services to seniors to help them maintain their independence by assisting them with activities of daily living such as personal care, meal preparation, laundry, shopping, and light housekeeping.

Home Instead Senior Care has taken a wide range of measures aimed at protecting its clients, staff and CAREGivers, in the face of COVID-19. Measures include;

  • Ongoing
  • Infection Control Training which significantly reduces the risk of transmission - less than 0.5% of home care recipients have tested positive for Covid-19
  • Personal Protective Equipment – all CAREGivers wear gloves, masks and aprons
  • Sanitisation – Home Instead sanitises high touch areas such as door handles and utilities
  • Mental stimulation – CAREGivers provide boardgames, crosswords and other activities to reduce isolation and loneliness

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 call the HSE Helpline on Call save 1850 24 1850 to seek advice & follow their instructions.

If you have any concerns about a senior relative during these challenging and unprecedented times you can call Home Instead Senior Care on 051 333966 or visit


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