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EXTRA CARE’S AT-HOME DIALYSIS SERVICE IS THE ONLY ONE OF ITS KIND IN NORTHERN IRELAND

EXTRA CARE’S AT-HOME DIALYSIS SERVICE IS THE ONLY ONE OF ITS KIND IN NORTHERN IRELAND

As one of the largest providers of domiciliary care in Northern Ireland, it stands to reason that Extra Care is the only charity with the ability to provide APD treatment for dialysis patients. APD, or Automated Peritoneal Dialysis, is used to treat patients with kidney issues at home. This is particularly advantageous for patients with mobility issues, for whom a daily or even a weekly journey to the hospital isn’t possible.

This particular form of dialysis greatly improves the patient’s quality of life, taking place at night for a period of 8 to 10 hours while the patient is asleep. One of Extra Care’s APD service users, Tony from Newtownards, explains the importance of receiving daily visits from his Care Worker in order to facilitate this process.

With distinctive humour and in considerably good spirits, Tony describes how APD has changed his life. “It makes things significantly easier for me,” he says. “I’ve been receiving at-home dialysis from Extra Care for over two and a half years now, and it saves me a great deal of bother as I no longer have to travel 45 minutes each way to the City Hospital in Belfast and back.”

He also explains how the process works for him. “My Care Worker, Denise, comes to my house five days a week and takes readings which she then punches into the dialysis machine,” he says. “She’ll measure my blood pressure, BPM and other vitals, leave me with a fresh batch of peritoneal fluid, then it’s up to me! I connect myself up to the APD machine and leave it to do its work overnight.”

Extra Care’s Chief Executive, Brian Hutchinson, believes the delivery of this service in the home remains true to Extra Care’s mission, which is to ensure that people receive comprehensive care at home.

“All care staff who assist in the provision of this treatment have been trained at the City Hospital in Belfast and are NVQ qualified,” he says. “That means our APD treatment is as effective as anything a dialysis patient might receive in a hospital, demonstrating once again that, for Extra Care, we have an ongoing commitment to make life for our service users as comfortable as possible. We are proud to be the only provider of APD, allowing people to remain at home with dignity.”

HOME CARE PROVIDER EXTRA CARE OFFICALLY OPENS NEW HUB

HOME CARE PROVIDER EXTRA CARE OFFICALLY OPENS NEW HUB

Extra Care, Northern Ireland’s longest established domiciliary charity is proud to announce the creation of 10 new jobs in its new Cookstown office.

The expansion has come after the charity identified an increased need for home care services in the local and surrounding areas, as well as the need to have a presence in the community to support its Care Workers.

For over 80 years, Extra Care has been leading the way in how domiciliary care is delivered. The almost 350 strong team of Care Workers are trained to care for clients in their own home, all of whom have a varying degree of physical or mental health needs. Services provided range from domiciliary care, bespoke dementia care plans and mobile night services.

Care services are currently provided to clients across Northern Ireland including Antrim, Carrickfergus, Belfast, Ballymena, Lisburn, Ballyclare, Larne and Newry.

Jamie Smyth, Extra Care’s manager for the Cookstown area said, “We are so pleased with the expansion. Not only are we able to care for more people in the area, we are also able to offer jobs to Care Workers locally. After listening to our clients and identifying significant demand for our mobile night service, we are now able to increase our care service as well as provide consistent Care Worker support locally.

“We are currently recruiting Care Workers to join our experienced and expanding team. Extra Care prides itself on its excellent staff benefits, including flexible working hours, paid induction training and career development opportunities. We would love to hear from anyone who is interested in working in the care profession in the local area.”

Chief Executive of Extra Care Brian Hutchinson said, “Our goal is to ensure that we provide person-centred care, enabling people to remain in their own home for as long as possible, living with dignity and comfort.  As people’s needs change, we believe our support is at its most effective when delivered at home, where surroundings are familiar and the client is most content.

“The expansion and creation of new jobs in Cookstown is testament to the great service currently provided by the Extra Care staff across Northern Ireland. We are looking forward to provide care for people in the area.”

To find out more about existing roles, or to apply visit https://extracare.erecruit.co.uk

NO COVER UP NEEDED FOR MENTAL HEALTH

NO COVER UP NEEDED FOR MENTAL HEALTH

Make Up Pro Store, using its artistic right of expression, has designed a campaign image to mark this year’s World Mental Health Day (Wednesday 10 October) called “you are worth more than your darkness”. It is created in the hope to draw much needed focus to help those in the creative and wider community receive the support they are entitled to.

Created by founder of Make Up Pro Store and international makeup artist Paddy McGurgan, it has been designed in a bid to shine a spotlight on the growing levels of mental health issues within the creative and beauty sectors and the need for action as well as funding from Stormont. According to Action Mental Health, 1 in 5 adults in Northern Ireland will at some point in their life experience mental ill health.

Speaking on the campaign, Paddy McGurgan says: “As we scroll through pictures on social media we are often blind to how many of us battle with our own darkness. People forget that they are comparing their inner self with those that project their outer self on social media – generally an aggregated and inauthentic portrayal of reality.

“My rationale behind our Mental Health awareness image was to depict the two sides of the ‘selfie generation’; the one we portray in public and the side we keep hidden behind our social media veils.

“We work within an industry focused on making people look and feel better about themselves. Creating a makeup look is quite a personal experience. However, more and more clients are wanting to morph into their iconic screenshot instead of wanting the makeup applied to celebrate their unique and individual beauty.

This campaign is aimed at opening the conversation around mental wellbeing and the need for greater support, not only for creatives but the wider community.

Paddy adds: “Whilst many in the beauty industry prey on the insecurities of their social media followers for their own opportunism, I feel a sense of responsibility to use make-up not only creatively, but positively, and not adhere to a culture of acceptance on the quest to create a real-life filter. We are calling on everyone to reach out, speak out and Make Change Happen.

“I am also calling upon politicians to get back to work and extend the funding available for mental health. Together we can make change happen.”

Speaking on behalf of Action Mental Health, Jonathan Smyth, Fundraising and Communications Manager says, “The topic of Mental Health is huge right now. Funding from the health budget is around half of what it is in England and unfortunately there is a much higher need here in Northern Ireland. Sadly, we have the highest rate of suicide in the UK and Ireland. We support around 3,000 adults each year with a diagnosed mental illness and we reach out to over 20,000 children, young people and their carers each year to deliver emotional resilience and mental health awareness programmes. Having support from Make Up Pro Store, Paddy and his team is fantastic. It is all about creating platforms to have important conversations about mental health and this unique campaign from the makeup brand is the perfect opportunity.”

World Mental Health Day, recognised by The World Health Organisation, is on 10th October 2018 and Make Up Pro Store will be hosting a special charity demo night in Belfast on 25th October with all ticket sales going to charity. Tickets cost £10 and can be purchased instore or online by visiting https://bit.ly/2Pp5inp

NEW FIT4LESS CITYWEST GYM IS ALREADY PROVING TO BE HUGE SUCCESS AHEAD OF OPENING

NEW FIT4LESS CITYWEST GYM IS ALREADY PROVING TO BE HUGE SUCCESS AHEAD OF OPENING

Local Businessman Rory O’Shaughnessy is opening his second Fit4Less club this month in Citywest, creating six local full-time jobs. Fit4Less Citywest has sold over 1000 memberships during its six-week pre-sale. énergie’s smart affordable gym concept is now available to local people in Citywest to get active, supported by a team of highly-experienced health professionals.

Rory returned to Ireland in 2015, following a five-year period in Australia where he operated a successful Subway franchise. Now back on Irish soil, Rory has invested in énergie’s Fit4less brand, bringing the state-of-the-art offering to Citywest. Rory is no stranger to the énergie Fit4less brand, having previously opened the highly popular, énergie Fit4less in Drimnagh in collaboration with business partner, Ross Norton. Citywest sees Rory collaborate with friend and experienced businessman Harry McCreary, who has a keen interest in sports and fitness.

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STRIVE AND THRIVE THIS MENTAL HEALTH MONTH WITH AMERICAN AUTHOR AND ABUSE SURVIVOR FELICIA JOHNSON

STRIVE AND THRIVE THIS MENTAL HEALTH MONTH WITH AMERICAN AUTHOR AND ABUSE SURVIVOR FELICIA JOHNSON

The rise in Suicide in Northern Ireland has been described by the press as an epidemic and indeed figures show that more people took their own lives in the 16 years after the Troubles than died during them.   The Office of National Statistics recently reported that in 2014, Northern Ireland had the highest rate of suicide in the UK for the third consecutive year with 16.5 suicides per 100,000 people.

These figures are staggering showing that mental health problems and its consequences are very much on the public agenda in Northern Ireland and much needs to be done to raise mental health awareness and help local people and charities stamp out the stigma associated with it.

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DRIMNAGH WELCOMES NEW FIT4LESS GYM OPENED

DRIMNAGH WELCOMES NEW FIT4LESS GYM OPENED

Local born and bred businessman, Ross Norton from Perrystown opens a new state-of-the-art fit4less gym in Drimnagh this Thursday 27 July; creating seven local jobs in the process and significant investment into the local area.

With years of experience within the fitness arena, highly qualified personal trainer Ross Norton and his team are putting the finishing touches to the Fit4Less complex in Lansdowne Gate Business Centre.

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THE WEIGHT IS OVER: New Fit4Less gym in Clarehall opens

THE WEIGHT IS OVER: New Fit4Less gym in Clarehall opens

Local businessman, Narinder Kaushal, expands franchise roster with the addition of a new state-of-the-art Fit4Less gym in the local Clarehall area.

Mr Kaushal, who currently runs two franchised convenience stores in Blanchardstown and Clonee, officially opened his first gym under énergie Ireland’s Fit4Less brand in June and has seen increased demand in the local area for affordable services, with 1,500+ new members signed up in a matter of weeks.

The 6,500 sq ft facility, located at unit 8, Clarehall Retail Park, Malahide road, Dublin 17, currently employs seven members of staff.

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