Care and Repair - Severe Weather Contact Information

In response to recent weather warnings which are predicted to reach all areas this week, our Care and Repair team are proactively contacting our elderly clients to ensure that they are safe, warm and well during this current cold spell. If you know of any older people who you feel may be alone, vulnerable or in need during these extreme cold conditions, please call or visit them so that they have peace of mind and know they are not alone.

An Garda Síochána and the Defence Forces in conjunction with the Carlow Older Persons Forum have linked in with our Care and Repair team to offer emergency services to those who may live in very isolated areas or find themselves in need of emergency assistance. If you or someone you know requires emergency assistance through the above services please contact –

Bagenalstown Garda Station: 059-9774120

Carlow Garda Station: 059-9136620

Tullow Garda Station: 059-9151222

Advice for older people and those with elderly relatives or neighbours

  • Eat and drink warm food and beverages frequently
  • Wear warm layers
  • Ensure you have sufficient supplies of food, fuel and medicine
  • Keep your home warm and avoid unnecessary trips outside
  • If you do have to go outside, wear shoes with a good grip and a scarf around your mouth to reduce the risk of a chest infection
  • Ask a relative or neighbour for help if you require it and stay in touch by phone

Should you wish to contact our Care and Repair service, please phone 059-9720733 for further advice.


Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week in conjunction with Age Action.

 

Across the EU the share of the population aged 65 years and over is increasing in every Member State. In 2016, older persons (aged 65 or over) had a 19.2 % share of the total population (an increase of 0.3 % compared with the previous year and an increase of 2.4 % compared with 10 years earlier). More locally, there were 7675 persons over the age of 65 in Carlow in 2016, thus 15.24% of the population of the county. This means that the county has an age dependency ratio of 19.9%. -  the ratio of people older than 64 to the working-age population -  which is slightly lower than the average for the State (20.19%)

As part of the supports for older Persons in the county, Carlow County Development Partnership was delighted to take part in the Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week recently in conjunction with Age Action. We are now in a position through this collaborative approach and with our Care & Repair Programme to offer  users of the Care & Repair  Service  free Carbon Monoxide Alarms where there is none already in the home.

The Care and Repair Programme is support by the Tus and RSS schemes and is part of Carlow County Development Partnerships commitment to ensuring that older persons in Carlow remain in their own house s and communities for as long as they care to do so.,

 

 

 

For more information on this initiative please contact the Care and Repair Service on 059 97 20733 or the coordinator of the service Niamh Murphy on 086-0418554


Carlow Age Friendly County Strategic Plan 2017 -2022

An Gairdin Beo was beautifully dressed for the arrival of Minister of State at the Department of Health with special responsibility for Mental Health and Older People Jim Daly T.D. on 13/09/2017.  The occasion was to officially launch the Carlow Age Friendly County Strategic Plan 2017 – 2022.   Chairperson of the Carlow Older Persons Forum Joe Butler compared the event with fellow speakers Cllr. William Paton, Cathaoirleach Carlow County Council, and Eileen Brophy, Chairperson of Carlow Age Alliance.  The National Positive Ageing Strategy (NPAS) sets out a vision for Ireland, and this vision is one that the Carlow Age Friendly Committee are committed to;-

“ ……a society for all ages that celebrates and prepares properly for individual and population ageing.  It will enable and support all ages and older people to enjoy physical and mental health and wellbeing to their full potential.  It will promote and respect older people’s engagement in economic, social, cultural, community and family life and foster better solidarity between the generations.  It will be a society in which the equality, independence, participation, care, self-fulfilment and dignity of older people are pursued at all times”.

The strategic plan focuses on the areas of

·         Outdoor Spaces & buildings

·         Transport

·         Housing

·         Respect & Social Inclusion

·         Social Participation

·         Communication & Information

·         Civic Partnership

·         Community Support & Health Services

There are a number of short-term, medium-term and long-term goals that are listed under the headings above that the plan will try to achieve.  If you would like to view the strategic plan please see below

 


Tús : Paul’s Story

 

Paul Doyle is a former Tús participant who took up an opportunity as a handyman with the ‘Care and Repair’ programme in Carlow County Development Partnership CLG. Having spent 20 seasons working in the sugar factory in Carlow, Paul found himself out of work following its closure. He had turned his hand to many jobs and worked in quarrying, building and in security before he found himself without work.

He was delighted when the opportunity arose with Tús in the ‘Care and Repair’ programme as he found he was spending lots of time with older people, which he loved:

I have always loved being around older people. I am drawn to them and I love the banter and the craic with  them. In my job with Tús I spent lots of time in the company of older people fixing something or carrying out small jobs for them. After a while they started asking for me by name and sometimes the job would be very small and you’d realise it’s the chat they really want! And that’s what I loved most about the job – the interaction with the people – and the jobs were almost secondary.’

When Paul’s time on the Tús scheme came to an end, the team encouraged him to further explore his love for work with older people. Paul was offered the opportunity to study a Fetac Level 5 Healthcare course in the VEC  in Bagenalstown, which offered the possibility of employment in the area of caring for older people upon completion.

‘I spent many years caring for my mother who only very recently died and so I have lots of experience of  working with the elderly along with the time spent on the Tús Care and Repair Programme. But these days you need the education to go along with that to get a job. I am nearly 30 years out of education so it was a big  step for me to consider going back. And it’s tough, but I hope it will be worth it in the end. If it gets me a job in  a nursing home or in the field of caring for the elderly I will be happy. All you can ask for is a job you like and a wage at the end of the week and that is what I hope to get out of this course’, says Paul.

The team at Tús continued to be available to support Paul while he was undertaking his course and he knew that he could avail of our expertise whenever needed. The routine of attending class every day was new and required discipline. While completing assignments and meeting deadlines can be daunting for those returning
to education after a long period of time, Paul’s experience shows that it is possible with support to return to  education, change career path and successfully gain employment.