Public Health Measures – You can view the latest national public health measures here.
Public Health Advice Information for People Who Have Just Arrived in Ireland – Easy Read Version
This easy read booklet is about coming to Ireland from another country, and explains the rules to stop Coronavirus (COVID-19) from spreading.
This booklet is also available in Slovak, Czech and Romanian available here, with further translations available soon.
Living with COVID-19 Posters
The latest COVID-19 posters, “Step up and step back” and “Masking for a friend” are available for downloading and printing. We are grateful for your help in sharing these important messages.
|COVID-19 Resources for Schools and Parents
Schools can download and print these posters to raise awareness about preventing the spread of coronavirus in schools and other settings.
For more information and resources for schools and parents, please see gov.ie/backtoschool
New Emergency Card Scheme for Family Carers
Family Carers Ireland (FCI), in partnership with An Garda Siochana, the National Ambulance Service Community First Responder Schemes, The Irish Red Cross and The Order of Malta has developed a new Emergency Card Scheme for family carers. If a family carer is involved in an accident, has an unplanned hospital admission or is suddenly taken ill, there is a risk that the person who needs their care and support could be left at home alone and uncared for. The Emergency Card Scheme (free to family carers with access to a 24/7 emergency helpline) is intended to give peace of mind to family carers as well as ensuring that the person they care for remains safe in such emergencies. It involves completion of an Emergency Care plan by the family carer including nominating two people (family members/friends) to take over their caring role in such an emergency and the issuing by FCI of an Emergency Card to family carers who sign up to the scheme. Where a family carer cannot nominate two people or where their nominated person cannot be reached in the event of an emergency then FCI will link with other agencies/service providers and/or emergency services to ensure a care plan is put in place for the cared for person.
You can download the Emergency Care Plan here. For more details on the scheme, please go to www.familycarers.ie or call Family Carer’s Ireland Freephone Careline 1800 24 07 24. The scheme is kindly supported by Irish Life and the Dormant Accounts Fund.
The HSE is recruiting for the role of Community Swabber to work in the COVID-19 Community Testing Teams. The Community Swabber will take samples from the nose and throat of people who are being tested for COVID-19, and carry out other administrative duties, as part of the Community Testing Teams around the country. Swabbing can take place in Community Test Centres, home-based testing, outbreak testing, residential care facilities and specific work locations. The roles will primarily be filled on a 12-month contract basis and the employer will be the HSE.
You can read more about this role and how to apply here.
Dementia: Understand Together – Champions’ Café
Join us on September 30th from 12.30-1.30pm for our first Virtual Champion’s Café to:
- Hear people with dementia and community champions talk about their experience with dementia;
- Find out the actions we can all take to support a person with dementia in communities, also now during COVID – 19; and
- Get advice from a health care professional on how we can all prepare ourselves for the colder months and stay well.
Places are limited, so please book your place by September 23rd through this link.
The current coronavirus outbreak has been particularly difficult for people living with dementia, their family and friends. Many have been cocooning or staying at home to minimise the risk of contracting COVID-19. To protect people with dementia from COVID-19, some services had to be changed, and they may also have been missing important social connections and activities crucial for wellbeing.
Ageing Voices Survey
Sing Ireland, the national group singing support agency, and Creative Aging International have come together to produce resources and best practice training programmes for musicians, carers and health care teams working with older people. To assist with on-going planning, they are inviting people to complete a survey accessible here about what type of tools or training might help. The survey can be completed before September 17th.
Public Health Information:
As always, for the most up to date information and advice on Coronavirus, please go to: https://www2.hse.ie/coronavirus/ and https://www.hpsc.ie/a-z/respiratory/coronavirus/novelcoronavirus/. Clinical and professional guidance relating to COVID-19 is available on www.hpsc.ie where you’ll find up to date guidance for healthcare settings and non-clinical settings.