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Treating and Managing MS

Managing the symptoms and affects of MS can often be achieved using a variety of medical and non-medical interventions. In addition, a healthy lifestyle including a […]


Diagnosing MS

Multiple Sclerosis can be difficult to diagnose as there is no one test; neurologists usually have to eliminate other conditions and diseases first. Also, symptoms of […]


Symptoms of MS

The presence, severity and duration of all symptoms of MS vary considerably from person to person. The unpredictable nature of the condition can sometimes make it […]


Don’t turn a blind eye to the dangers in your home

The dangers of looped cords on window blinds or curtains are often overlooked when parents are childproofing their home, the National Consumer Agency has warned. It […]


Wii games could help children overcome disabilities

USING the Nintendo Wii Fit could help improve the development of children with movement difficulties, research suggests. Regular use of balance games on the computer console […]


How do you know if you should keep your child off school?

Children are bound to come down with the occasional cold or other viral illness, especially when cold weather keeps a whole class cooped up inside all […]


Living with Parkinsons

Parkinson’s disease: getting the most out of life Parkinson’s disease is a very complex condition that can affect different areas of your life at different times, […]


What is Parkinson’s?

At its simplest, it is a progressive* neurological disorder, which so far cannot be cured. It is variable in its progression, i.e. some people progress more […]


Signs & Symptoms of Parkinson’s

The most common signs of Parkinson’s disease are tremors (involuntary shaking), usually seen in one hand or foot, a slowness in movement and a increase in […]


Parkinson’s Assocation of Ireland

Parkinson’s Association of Ireland has branches throughout the country and these have grown rapidly over the past few years. These Branches are a fantastic way for […]


What is stroke rehabilitation?

Rehabilitation is the process where a person who has had an illness regains their skills so that they can be as independent as possible. Rehabilitation after […]


What treatment is there for a stroke?

As soon as a stroke happens, tests are needed to make sure the right emergency treatment is given. The quicker the treatment, the better the chance […]


How can you reduce your risk of stroke?

Know your blood pressure The only way to find out if you have high blood pressure is to have it measured. If you are over 30, […]


How do you recognise a stroke?

Stroke symptoms Numbness, weakness, or paralysis on one side of the body Slurred speech, difficulty thinking of words or understanding other people Confusion Sudden blurred vision […]


Where can I get support after a stroke?

Stroke support groups are local groups for those affected by stroke. They provide a meeting place for people affected by stroke and their carers to come […]


Preventing a stroke

Every year, more than 10,000 people in Ireland have a stroke. Stroke is the biggest cause of acquired disability and third biggest cause of death in […]


What causes a stroke?

It is often not obvious why someone should have suffered a stroke. Even though many people believe it to be a factor, stress is not a […]


What is a stroke?

One in five people will have a stroke at some time in their life. Most are over 65, but stroke can strike at any age. Even […]


Where can I go for more information on stroke?

For more information, ring the Irish Heart Foundation stroke and heart helpline at 1890 432 787, it is open Monday-Friday from 10am-5pm. Source:


The Early Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease

Although the early signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease may vary from person to person, increasing memory loss over time – sometimes characterised by the inability […]


What is Alzheimer’s disease?

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, accounting for 50-60% of all cases. It is a progressive neurological condition characterised by the build up […]


Alzheimer’s: How to help a caregiver

Alzheimer’s care is a round-the-clock job. When you offer to help an Alzheimer’s caregiver, be specific — and gently persistent.Alzheimer’s caregivers need all the support they […]


The Alzheimer Society of Ireland

The Alzheimer Society of Ireland is the leading provider of dementia-specific services in Ireland. We offer a range of services for people with Alzheimer’s disease and […]


Alzheimer’s: Understand and control wandering

Alzheimer’s causes disorientation, which can lead to wandering. Here’s how to curb or prevent wandering, as well as ensure a safe return if your loved one […]


Alzheimer’s: When to stop driving

If your loved one has Alzheimer’s, he or she may not be safe on the road. Explain the risks — then provide other ways to get […]


Stress of Alzheimer’s for families

Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease puts additional strain on relationships in a family, research on dementia has revealed. A study of full-time carers […]


Why is Alzheimer’s disease linked to older age?

Alzheimer’s disease is, for the most part, a condition that we associate with older age. Some people develop symptoms when they are relatively young, but the […]


Support with a new baby

*Eva and *Paul contacted Private Home Care to find out about the support we could provide for them when they were bringing their new born baby […]


Tracheotomy and specialised care

** Ruth and Michael are the proud parents of a three year old baby girl called Mary. Mary was born premature and so had multiple related […]


Companion carer – nights

*Denise and *Peter contacted Private Home Care for support and companionship for Peter’s mum *Dorothy, on the occasions when they were away.* Sue, the carer we […]


Care for the older person

Susan contacted Private Home Care for support for her widowed mother * Joyce who needed assistance during the day. Although mobile, Joyce had a very high […]


Coming home from hospital

*David and * Mary contacted Private Home Care for support during a time of illness and stress. Mary was very weak after her discharge from hospital […]


Assistance at a special occasion

*Karen and *Glen rang Private Home Care coming up to their wedding as they needed support and assistance in minding their daughter *Emily on the day. […]



*Annie’s family contacted Private Home Care for support following her stroke. Annie had very little mobility and was incontinent. The carers were required to assist her […]


Diagnosing Dementia

There is no one, straightforward test for a dementia such as Alzheimer’s Disease. This can mean that confirming a diagnosis is often difficult, particularly in the […]


Vascular Dementia

Vascular dementia is a type of dementia caused by problems with the supply of blood to the brain. It is the second most common form of dementia. […]


Treatment for Dementia

Through research, we are learning more and more about how dementia can affect the brain. It is not yet know how to prevent or cure it, […]


What to do if you or someone close to you has been diagnosed with Dementia

Be positive Concentrate on what you (or the person with dementia) can do rather than what you cannot do. Medications are available and can help and […]


Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease

Warning signs are often the first things people notice – either in themselves or a relative – that may indicate that someone has Alzheimer’s Disease. According […]


What is 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. Dementia causes […]


Basic Tips for Dementia Caregivers

Several tips on how to behave as caregivers of loved ones with dementia will help ease your loved ones’ anxiety and help you have satisfying relationships, […]


Lifestyle and home remedies for Dementia

You can take steps to improve quality of life as Dementia progresses. Here are some tips from the world renowned Mayo Clinic in the USA on […]


Living with Arthritis

Having arthritis will alter your life but that does not mean that it should control it. Everyday tasks, like tying your shoelaces or typing on a […]


Diet and Arthritis

Eating a balanced diet and maintaining a healthy weight can make a big difference to your overall wellbeing and your arthritis. As well as ensuring that […]


Self Management

Self-management is about being aware of and putting into practice the little things that make a big difference to your quality of life when you have […]


Caring for a Person with Arthritis

Looking after and caring for someone with arthritis is a challenge. You need to achieve the right balance between providing support and motivation without being overprotective. […]


Exercise and Arthritis

A cure for arthritis is yet to be discovered but there is something very simple that you can do to keep your arthritis in check: exercise […]


Women unaware of breast symptoms

MORE THAN 50 per cent of women are unaware of less common breast cancer symptoms and over 30 per cent wait over a month to report […]


Women: Cancer Symptoms You’re Most Likely to Ignore

Routine tests like pap smears and mammograms are important, but don’t rely on tests alone to protect you from cancer. It’s just as important to listen […]


Drama now on in Temple bar: How families are affected by Alzheimer’s

Tabs Theatre Company’s new show, ‘Wither’, looks at how families are affected by Alzheimer’s SOMETIMES, FICTION can be just as helpful as fact when it comes […]