The HSE provides a broad range of services for older people in the community, including in-patient acute services, step-down and convalescent care, day services, rehabilitation, community services, home care and home helps.
If you need services for yourself or for an older person you know, contact your GP or your Local Health Office.
To see what services are available by area, follow visit this page on the HSE website which will give options for local community services.
There are also a number of national non-governmental organisations providing services to older people in their communities. These organisations include;
The Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly; Minister for Mental Health and Older People, Mary Butler; Minister for Public Health, Wellbeing and the National Drugs Strategy, Hildegarde Naughton; and the Chief Medical Officer, Professor Breda Smyth, announced a new multi-media campaign aimed at combatting loneliness and isolation among older people. 01/03/2023.
Entitled “Hello Again World”, the campaign was created to address the growing problem of loneliness. The issue has been exacerbated by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, as many older people have not re-established their social connections since they were asked to cocoon for their safety.
Loneliness has a significant impact on physical and mental health and is linked to multiple chronic health conditions.
Supported by Healthy Ireland, the “Hello Again World” campaign aims to empower and motivate older people to do something positive for their health by re-engaging with their communities and increasing their social connections.
You can watch the campaign video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9mdaM770TM