Our Carers’ Coffee Club is a new online resource for family carers to get together via Facebook Live at 11am on Thursdays.
The club will have guest healthcare professionals and experts providing online support, advice and guidance to family carers during the Covid-19 pandemic and we are inviting family carers to submit their questions for each expert over the coming weeks.
Details of upcoming guests will be announced on our social media channels.
Our first guest was Dr Tony Foley, a GP and lecturer in the Department of General Practice in UCC, who gave an overview of Covid-19 and answered questions related to the virus from family carers.
Our second guest was end of life, grief and loss specialist, Bryan Nolan who offered viewers advice on how to stay well and mind yourself while caring for those you love during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Our third guest was Laura Dowling, aka the Fabulous Pharmacist, who gave an overview of the work of pharmacies during the Covid-19 pandemic and offered advice on medication management and self-care.
Joanna Fortune, a psychotherapist specialising in the parent/child relationship, was our fourth guest and spoke about parenting in a pandemic when you have additional care needs to consider, her ’15-Minute Parenting’ model and how play is an ongoing and necessary part of the parent/child relationship (regardless of the age and developmental needs of the child).
Dementia Nurse Specialist Jackie O’Toole was our fifth guest and offered expert advice and tips for those caring for a loved one with dementia during the Covid-19 crisis.
Our sixth guest was Behaviour Analyst Virge Connery who gave tips and advice on dealing with challenging behaviour in children and young adults with special needs.
First Aid Responder Instructor Helen Hartnett was our seventh guest and spoke about the signs and symptoms of stroke and heart attack, keeping calm when contacting the emergency services and how to deal with burns, nose bleeds and other common occurrences requiring first aid at home.
Family Carers Ireland’s Policy and Public Affairs Manager Clare Duffy was our eighth guest and spoke about the rights and entitlements of family carers.
Professional Accredited Counsellor Tony Moore spoke out our emotional responses to being a family carer and what we can do to give ourselves some “me” time.