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Specialised Care Services

Dementia

Dementia is an umbrella term used to describe various conditions which damage brain cells and lead to a loss of brain function over time. Over 40,000 people in Ireland live with a form of dementia today and the numbers are growing.

Dementia is characterised by a gradual deterioration in memory and in the person’s ability to carry out everyday activities, make decisions, understand information and express themselves. Dementia may also affect a person’s mood and personality.

There are many different types of dementia; Alzheimer’s disease and Vascular Dementia are the most common forms. Less common forms include Lewy Body Dementia, Frontotemporal Dementia (including Pick’s Disease) and Korakoff’s Disease (alcohol related dementia).

At CareWorld Ireland we provide comprehensive in-house dementia training for all our employees. We are sensitive to the needs of the individual sufferer and extended family members. We enable our clients to remain living at home in a safe, supported environment.

CareWorld is a preferred provider of home care services to the HSE.  We provide services twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.  A CareWorld supervisor can be reached around the clock. Our care and support staff are fully trained, supervised, spot-checked, garda-vetted and insured.  Grants are available from the HSE that will help cover the cost of our service. Tax relief is also available for those who qualify.

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Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, accounting for 50-60% of all cases. There is currently no known cause for Alzheimer’s disease and there is no cure for the condition.

Alzheimer’s is a progressive neurological condition which can make it more and more difficult to remember, reason and use language. The loss of memory of recent events may be one of the first difficulties noticed. The person may also become disorientated, be at a loss for a word when speaking and have increasing difficulty with simple daily tasks such as using the phone, making meals or managing money.

Many people who suffer from Alzheimer’s are elderly and require constant care, although Alzheimer’s disease can also occur in people aged under 65. CareWorld offers around the clock services with care workers specially trained to deal with the unique challenges faced by Alzheimer’s sufferers and their families.

CareWorld is a preferred provider of home care services to the HSE.  We provide services twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.  A CareWorld supervisor can be reached around the clock. Our care and support staff are fully trained, supervised, spot-checked, garda-vetted and insured.  Grants are available from the HSE that will help cover the cost of our service. Tax relief is also available for those who qualify.

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Parkinson’s

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurological disorder, which so far cannot be cured. Some people get worse more slowly than others, and it can be effectively controlled with medication for many years.

People with Parkinson’s may tremble involuntarily, find their muscles become rigid and stiff and lose spontaneous movement. They walk with a recognisable gait in which the body is bent or flexed and may have difficulty maintaining their balance. They may also have difficulties with swallowing, speaking and breathing. Sometimes cognition and language are affected.

The many and varied facets of Parkinson’s disease can make life very difficult for sufferers and their families. CareWorld care services offer specially trained carers who can help with the sometimes difficult tasks associated with day-to-day living. We also provide respite for permanent carers.

CareWorld is a preferred provider of home care services to the HSE.  We provide services twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.  A CareWorld supervisor can be reached around the clock. Our care and support staff are fully trained, supervised, spot-checked, garda-vetted and insured.  Grants are available from the HSE that will help cover the cost of our service. Tax relief is also available for those who qualify.

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Stroke Victims

Stroke is one of the major causes of death and disability in the developed world ( Dublin has more than 2,000 new stroke patients a year). A stroke occurs when there is too little or too much blood in the brain. Arteries may have become narrowed or blocked, leading to severely reduced blood flow or blood clots. Strokes can also be caused when a blood vessel in the brain leaks or ruptures. This deprives your brain cells of oxygen and nutrients, and cells may begin to die within minutes. Stroke results in life-changing consequences for the sufferer. Institutional care is avoided if at all possible. CareWorld Care Services provides specialised care services to enable stroke victims to remain living at home long-term.

The main aim of rehabilitation is to enable stroke victims to reach their maximum level of function and live the best life possible within the limits imposed by their impairment.

The after effects of stroke range from very mild to severely devastating. Strokes affect different people in different ways, depending on the type of stroke, the area of the brain affected and the extent of the brain injury. Paralysis with weakness on one side of the body is a common after-effect. Brain injury from a stroke can affect the senses of seeing and feeling, the ability to speak and understand speech and, less commonly, behavioural patterns, thought patterns, memory and emotions. Treatment must begin early, be systematic, and be built up in stages to include the types of treatment specific to the damage suffered. Depression is a common feature and must be identified and treated.

CareWorld care assistants are specially trained to provide personal care services while working closely with other health professionals to support the rehabilitation process. A few minutes a day guiding the service user through his or her exercise routines can improve the rate of recovery. At CareWorld we are acutely aware of this and our care workers are trained to be an active part of the health care team.

CareWorld is a preferred provider of home care services to the HSE.  We provide services twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.  A CareWorld supervisor can be reached around the clock. Our care and support staff are fully trained, supervised, spot-checked, garda-vetted and insured.  Grants are available from the HSE that will help cover the cost of our service. Tax relief is also available for those who qualify.

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Cancer Care

Cancer is a term used to describe a group of illnesses all having certain common characteristics. These characteristics include an over-growth of cells which forms a tumour. Tumours cause medical problems either directly by pressing on and damaging other nearby organs or indirectly by breaking off and invading other distant tissues and organs.

Cancer is not just one disease. There are more than 100 different types of cancer. Most cancers are named for the organ or type of cell in which they start. The main categories of cancer include carcinoma which begins in the skin or in tissues that line or cover internal organs, sarcoma which begins in bone, cartilage, fat, muscle, blood vessels or other connective or supportive tissue, leukaemia which starts in blood-forming tissue such as the bone marrow, lymphoma and myeloma which begin in the cells of the immune system, and central nervous system cancers which begin in the tissues of the brain and spinal cord. Cancer can affect people at any age.

Caring for people with cancer has many aspects. Post-operative care will in many cases be central, but there will probably also be symptoms relating to radiotherapy or chemotherapy to take into consideration, such as fatigue, pain and nausea. Nutritional and emotional concerns also have to be taken into account. In end-of-life situations, there will also frequently be dementia.

CareWorld Care Services’ specialised carers can help with the difficulties that cancer patients and their families experience. We can provide practical help with household tasks including cleaning and cooking, and our respite care services can allow the family time to rest and take a break from their very demanding caring role.

CareWorld is a preferred provider of home care services to the HSE.  We provide services twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.  A CareWorld supervisor can be reached around the clock. Our care and support staff are fully trained, supervised, spot-checked, garda-vetted and insured.  Grants are available from the HSE that will help cover the cost of our service. Tax relief is also available for those who qualify.

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Neuro-Muscular Conditions

Neuro-muscular conditions such as multiple sclerosis, motor-neurone disease and muscular dystrophy are characterised by loss of muscle strength, as progressive muscle wasting or nerve deterioration occurs. Symptoms may be minor through to life threatening and can include changes within the muscles, such as wastage, weakness, pain, cramping, spasticity or paralysis, loss of coordination and balance, skin rashes, altered sensation such as tingling, numbness and pins and needles, difficulty with breathing and swallowing, altered vision, fatigue, tremors and twitching, altered speech, changes in bowel and bladder function, and mood changes.

The conditions can affect girls, boys, men and women of all ages, and occur across all ethnic groups and often more than once in one family.

The progressive nature of neuro-muscular conditions means that different levels of help and support will be needed at different times. CareWorld Care Services have trained carers on hand to meet these changing needs, from daily drop-in visits to live-in care.

CareWorld is a preferred provider of home care services to the HSE.  We provide services twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.  A CareWorld supervisor can be reached around the clock. Our care and support staff are fully trained, supervised, spot-checked, garda-vetted and insured.  Grants are available from the HSE that will help cover the cost of our service. Tax relief is also available for those who qualify.

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Post-Operative Care

Post-operative care begins in the recovery room and continues throughout the recovery period at home or in a professional care setting. Critical concerns are airway clearance, pain control, mental status, and wound healing. Preventing urinary retention, constipation, deep venous thrombosis, and blood pressure variability (high or low) is also important. Post-operative care is given after surgery and, in some cases, it continues on an ambulatory basis. Post-operative care is aimed at meeting the patient’s physical and psychological needs directly after surgery.

The goal of CareWorld Care Services is to facilitate the service user’s return to the home care setting as quickly as possible. We provide the post-operative care support needed in the home, where research shows recovery times and quality of life are significantly improved.

CareWorld is a preferred provider of home care services to the HSE.  We provide services twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.  A CareWorld supervisor can be reached around the clock. Our care and support staff are fully trained, supervised, spot-checked, garda-vetted and insured.  Grants are available from the HSE that will help cover the cost of our service. Tax relief is also available for those who qualify.

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Acquired Brain Injury

As many as 10,000 people a year may suffer an acquired brain injury in Ireland and face a dramatically altered life thereafter. It can occur as a result of trauma (e.g. a traffic accident, a fall or an assault), a stroke, a brain haemorrhage or brain surgery, a viral infection occurring in the brain or a lack of oxygen to the brain.

Acquired brain injury can be characterised by physical and sensory difficulties (fatigue, headaches, pain, balance and coordination, seizures, swallowing and speech difficulties), difficulties with thinking (memory, attention and concentration, decision-making), and emotional and behavioural difficulties (anger and irritability, lack of insight, depression, anxiety, loss of confidence, inappropriate behaviour).

Progress after an acquired brain injury is unpredictable, and no two cases will be alike. People will access services at different points in time as their needs change. The multi-disciplinary approach to care and rehabilitation of ABI sufferers dictates a range of different service providers who work together in the best interest of the patient.

CareWorld Care Services can help by providing a number of different care and support options. Once back in the community the emphasis is on more extended activities of daily living, integration, and return to work or education. Interventions focus on enhanced participation, improved quality of life, psychological adjustment and reducing carer stress for family members.

CareWorld is a preferred provider of home care services to the HSE.  We provide services twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.  A CareWorld supervisor can be reached around the clock. Our care and support staff are fully trained, supervised, spot-checked, garda-vetted and insured.  Grants are available from the HSE that will help cover the cost of our service. Tax relief is also available for those who qualify.

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Rehabilitation

Rehabilitation refers to the long and sometimes painful process of recovering from events or accidents that temporarily or permanently diminish the body and the brain’s ability to function normally. Most people would prefer this recovery to take place at home.

Good rehabilitation depends on the implementation of some basic principles and these include a full evaluation of the patient’s potential. Motivation is a major factor and may take some time to assess. Here the support of the family and carers is central. Our trained, sympathetic care assistants understand that if motivation is poor, rehabilitation measures may not succeed.

CareWorld Care Services provides regular care visits from one hour to live-in, depending on the condition and needs of the person undergoing rehabilitation. From a simple everyday accident like a broken leg to more complex conditions such as stroke, our service is flexible and we can tailor any care package to the changing needs of the service user.

CareWorld is a preferred provider of home care services to the HSE.  We provide services twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.  A CareWorld supervisor can be reached around the clock. Our care and support staff are fully trained, supervised, spot-checked, garda-vetted and insured.  Grants are available from the HSE that will help cover the cost of our service. Tax relief is also available for those who qualify.

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Sensory Impaired

Visual impairment or blindness is a sensory disability where the level of impairment varies greatly. Some people are born with no vision or significantly reduced vision. Visual impairment can also result from a number of diseases, disorders and injuries. There are currently over 14,000 people using the services offered by the National Council for the Blind. Of this figure, more than half (58%) are over retirement age. People of working age, 18-65 years of age, amount to 34% and 8% are children up to the age of 17 years. The NCBI has found that 80% of those registered as blind have usable residual vision, i.e. vision remaining after disease, accident or as a result of ageing. For some, vision loss is sudden, while for others it may be gradual. Some conditions, diabetes, for example, cause vision to fluctuate from day to day.

It is estimated that 17% of the Irish population have some sort of hearing loss, ranging from a mild to a profound loss. People who are deaf or hard of hearing may have speech and hearing difficulties combined. This communication impairment can have an impact on personal, social, educational and business situations. People with language and speech disabilities also include those with a stammer, stroke and dysphasia.

CareWorld provides dedicated care workers with special training to support and enable those suffering from sensory impairment. All care workers undergo disability awareness training, the aim of which is to remove some of the communication, attitudinal and physical barriers that prevent people with sensory impairment from fully participating in society. This can mean supporting elderly people continuing to live at home or enabling a young person to attend college and pursue their chosen career.

CareWorld is a preferred provider of home care services to the HSE.  We provide services twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.  A CareWorld supervisor can be reached around the clock. Our care and support staff are fully trained, supervised, spot-checked, garda-vetted and insured.  Grants are available from the HSE that will help cover the cost of our service. Tax relief is also available for those who qualify.

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