Supports for Older People
Leitrim Development Company provide a range of supports to older people in County Leitrim including Feel Good Clubs, Befriending Schemes, Care and Repair Scheme, Social Car and Day Care Services.
Age Friendly Initiatives
Interested in joining a Feel Good Club?
‘We don’t stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing’ George Bernard Shaw.
Feel Good Clubs are social groups for people aged 55 and over, who are interested in making new friends, exercising their body and mind, gaining new skills and having fun. Feel Good Clubs are voluntary groups, which are run by their members, for their members, they include conversation, courses, information sessions, exercise, outings, social events and a wide range of activities focusing on issues such as health and well-being, creativity, lifelong learning and technology. Leitrim Development Company supports Feel Good Clubs across County Leitrim and West Cavan. All of these Clubs are different and have their own unique identity, which is shaped by its members. There are Club members in Leitrim and West Cavan, who enjoy the friendship, laughter and camaraderie these groups provide.
If you would like to join a Feel Good Club in your area or would just like to know more, contact our Age Friendly Officer, Anna McTiernan 071 9648966 / 086 4073492, or email email@example.com
Volunteer Befriending Project in South Leitrim
The Volunteer Befriending Project is a social support for Older People living in South Leitrim, who feel lonely and isolated and would benefit from some company and social contact. Most people who avail of this service are referred by their Public Health Nurse or other health professional, however we do accept self-referrals. Following an initial visit to the Older Person wishing to receive a Befriender; to make sure that they understand and are happy with the service, we match them with a Volunteer Befriender. All our volunteers are Garda vetted, trained and monitored. We try and match Befrienders and Befriendees by common interest and proximity, but sometimes initial matches don’t work out and we will rematch volunteers and Older People until we get it just right. When a successful match has been made, weekly visits will commence, usually for about one hour per week at a pre-arranged time. This is a very flexible service, some people enjoy a cup of tea and a chat in their own home with their Befriender, while others like to go for lunch or perhaps a walk, as long as it is agreeable to both Befriender and Befriendee, it is possible.
Volunteer Befrienders are supported by Leitrim Development Company, they complete a visit log on a monthly basis and they receive regular phone calls, for them to highlight any issues or concerns. We are also dedicated to providing training opportunities for our volunteers and regular ‘get-togethers’ for volunteers to share their experiences and knowledge with each other.This project is being delivered in partnership with Leitrim Calling, a free, confidential telephone service for Older People in Leitrim (087 9585029). We encourage all people availing of our service to also avail of Leitrim Calling, as a social support package. Leitrim Calling communicates with all the Older People who use the Volunteer Befriending Project, to make sure they are happy with the service that they are receiving.
Care and Repair Service
Care and Repair is a handyman service for people aged 65 years and over, living in North Leitrim and West Cavan, who do not have a friend, neighbour or relative that can undertake small jobs for them (Care & Repair is a Community Partnership with Age Action). This project was established in 2012 with cross-border funding from ‘Cooperation and Working Together (CAWT)’, following a consultation with Older People living in North Leitrim and West Cavan, who identified a need for support with household jobs that are too small for a trades person to undertake, but affect the safety, security or well-being of the person.
Handymen are available to undertake any minor household job (under two hours), such as changing a light bulb, hanging curtains, putting up smoke alarms and safety rails, minor painting and gardening jobs, etc. This service is not designed to take work away from trades people, so if a job takes over two hours we won’t be able to do it. All materials must be supplied by the service-user, although the labour is free we would recommend a donation to Care & Repair, to maintain tools.
All the Care & Repair handymen are employment scheme participants and have kindly agreed to undertake these jobs in addition to their existing work obligations in the community. All handymen have Care and Repair I.D. badges and have been Garda vetted.
For further information on the care and repair scheme, please call 071 9648013.
Social Car Scheme
The Social Car Scheme was established in 2012 with cross-border funding from ‘Cooperation and Working Together (CAWT)’, following a consultation with Older People living in North Leitrim and West Cavan, who identified a need for affordable transport to medical appointments. It has been subsequently funded by the HSE and operated by Leitrim Development Company.
The Social Car Scheme operates in North Leitrim and West Cavan and uses volunteer drivers to bring people aged 65 years and over to non-emergency HSE appointments. There is a fare chargeable for this service, which varies from €10-€20 depending on the length of the journey. If you wish to avail of this service or wish to become a volunteer driver, please contact the Social Car Scheme on 071 9641770.
Community Day Care Service
A community Day Service is a social support for Older People and People living with physical or mental disabilities, to enable them to live independently for as long as possible. It offers a safe space for people to socialise, get their personal needs met and to stimulate their body and mind. These services are funded by the HSE.
Leitrim Development Company has operated Drumkeeran Day Service for Older People since 2011, employing two staff to run the service. The Day Service in Drumkeeran runs on Tuesday and Thursday each week, offering occupational activities, exercises, a hot meal, assisted showering, laundry service and outings. Referrals for this service are usually made by a Public Health Nurse or other health professional, however self-referrals will be considered.
In 2014 Leitrim Development Company was asked to take over the running of the new Mohill and Ballinamore Community Day Care Services. The new service in Mohill commenced in February 2015, operating on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The service in Ballinamore will commence in early 2016.
Leitrim Development Company also operates the Day Care Service for older people in Carrigallen.
For more information on Community Day Care Services in Drumkeeran, Mohill, Carrigallen or Ballinamore, please contact us on 071 9641770.
Leitrim's Older People's Council
As part of Leitrim’s Age Friendly Programme, an Older People’s Council was established, to give a voice to Older People and to assist the Age Friendly Alliance in the implementation of the Age Friendly Strategy. Leitrim Age Friendly Older People’s Council is made up of 24 members, both Older People from across the county and staff and volunteers from agencies that work with Older People, who cannot ‘come to the table’ themselves, such as Older People in nursing homes or with dementia. The Older People's Council is supported by Leitrim Development Company and meets on a six-weekly basis in the Leitrim Development Company office in Drumshanbo. Since the Older People’s Council was established, it has a number of important achievements: