Respond Support has for over twenty years supported older people to remain living independently in their own homes and in their community for as long as possible by providing quality local Day Care services for older people.
- Remove barriers to participation and provide more opportunities for the continued involvement of people, as they age, in all aspects of cultural, economic and social life in their communities, according to their needs, preferences and capacities.
- Support people as they age to maintain, improve or manage their physical and mental health and well-being.
- Enable people to age with confidence, security and dignity in their own homes and communities for as long as possible.
Our services in Finglas, Baldoyle and Blackpool play a central role in the provision of multidisciplinary, community-based care supports for older people in those communities. We cater for low-, medium- and high-dependency needs and currently work with over 300 people a year. Through close interagency coordination and by working closely with clients and their families, our services provide and facilitate social, recreational, health and therapeutic supports on an individual, client-centred basis.
The individual client and their needs are at the heart of the services we provide. We work closely with Primary Care Teams, Public Health Nurses (PHNs), General Practitioners (GPs), Social Workers and Mental Health Teams to provide holistic and integrated care. Additionally, we support our clients and their families by providing community support initiatives relating to home security, healthy eating, mental health, budgeting and training and awareness in responding to Elder Abuse.
Respond Support is actively engaged with the relevant external agencies working with older people as loneliness is a multifaceted issue and effective responses should be delivered from an inter-agency approach. This is an ongoing process for Respond Support and the organisation is firmly committed to developing quality programmes and initiatives with the aim of preventing loneliness and social isolation.
There is growing recognition that loneliness and social isolation are both serious problems, with far reaching implications, not just for individuals, but also for wider communities. Whilst in the past, loneliness was sometimes viewed as a trivial matter; it is increasingly understood to be a serious condition which can affect a person’s mental and physical health detrimentally. In areas of high dependency Respond Support is operating a number of Day Care Centres providing personal hygiene and health monitoring, education and multidisciplinary support whilst encouraging social interaction and activities in a safe, friendly caring environment.
Three of our Day Care Centres are: