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Together, we are facing unprecedented times. The coronavirus pandemic is affecting all our lives and we are slowly adjusting to the ‘new normal’. During this time, we wanted to reach out and update you on how we are adapting our services at Doras Buí and to ensure we continue supporting our community.
Firstly, we would like to send our thoughts to those who have been physically impacted by the virus, either directly or indirectly. Our thoughts are especially with those who are sick, and those who have sadly lost loved ones this year. We are inspired by the selfless frontline workers in the community, working tirelessly to care for people in need.
We are thinking about all the families that use our services and we are working tirelessly to serve you as best we can in these trying times
We at Doras Buí are essential workers. Our Early Years’ Service continues to provide a service so that parents can continue to work. However, due to public guidelines, our building has been closed for other ‘drop-in’ services. Nevertheless, we continue our information and support service, teen parent support service, pre-vocational courses, child counselling and adult counselling through phone, WhatsApp, zoom and other various social media platforms. We are still available to answer your questions, provide support and information and respond to any concerns.
If you need anything at all, just reach out to us by phone, text, online or via our website. We will continue to share tips on how to continue to stay healthy and well.
Staff have been alternately working from home and in the building. At all times we at Doras Buí ensure social distancing, mask-wearing and best practices models to ensure the wellbeing and health and safety of all. We encourage you all to stay safe and do the same.
We are carefully monitoring the situation (just like you) and, at this moment we cannot provide an estimated time for reopening the full building. The most important thing is to make sure the full opening in the future happens in a safe environment. We are all in this together, learning together, and adapting together.
There are hyperlinks shared below to up-to-date information which you can access at any time.
All at Doras Buí.
Public Health Measures
Ireland is now at Level 5. You can see all of the measures that are in place at Level 5 here.
Self-isolation and Restricting your Movements
You can find the most up-to-date information on self-isolation here, including a new video on how to self-isolate from the Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan.
You can also watch a new video from the Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr Heather Burns, on what it means to restrict your movements here.
COVID-19 Guidance for Older People and Others at Risk of Severe Disease on Reducing Risk of COVID-19 Infection
The guide, developed in consultation with Alone, SAGE and the National Care Alliance, is for people who live in the community and for those who help them if and when they need help. You can download the guide here.
COVID-19 Guidance on Visitations to Long-Term Residential Care Facilities
This guidance is for visiting people who live in residential care facilities such as nursing homes, HSE long-term facilities etc. You can download the guide here.
COVID-19 Guidance on Visits to and from Community Housing Units for People with Disabilities
This new guidance outlines an approach based on risk assessment to address visiting residents and also visits from residents to their family homes (or similar setting). You can download the guide here.
Flu Vaccine for Children aged 2-12 years
This autumn, children aged 2-12 years, will be offered the flu vaccine free of charge. Children carry the flu virus in their system longer than adults do and they can spread the flu easily to others. If enough children are vaccinated against the flu, fewer children and adults will need to see their doctor or need treatment in the hospital because of the flu. This is very important for our health services, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The campaign encourages parents to book a free flu vaccine appointment with their GP or Pharmacist for their child/children. The ads will appear nationwide on radio, TV, video on demand, print, digital and social media. Please find attached a campaign partner pack from the HSE with details, including how you can help share the campaign messages.
Public Health Information
As always, for the most up-to-date information and advice on Coronavirus, please go to: https://www.gov.ie/en/campaigns/c36c85-covid-19-coronavirus/. Clinical and professional guidance relating to COVID-19 is available on www.hpsc.ie where you will find up-to-date guidance for healthcare settings and non-clinical settings.
Please also check here for the most up-to-date partner resources for COVID-19.
You can also view the latest data on the COVID-19 dashboard at: www.gov.ie/covid19dashboard
Brought to you by HSE Health and Wellbeing, this evidence-based programme provides a unique opportunity for people to learn more about mindfulness, gratitude, self-care, and resilience.
As we continue to adapt our lifestyles to deal with COVID-19 and are faced with different challenges, Minding Your Wellbeing aims to provide simple tools and guidance to develop and maintain a positive outlook by looking after our mental health and wellbeing.
This programme focuses on the promotion of mental wellbeing and has been adapted from a face-to-face programme into a series of short online videos for the public at this time.
It’s free to access anytime so why not try one of the videos and go from there?
Northside Home Care
Northside Home Care is a social purpose organisation delivering care and related services in the North Dublin area for over thirty years. Below is a link to their video on Covid-19 and coping with the pandemic.