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Care packages for care home residents

Age Friendly Ireland

Age Friendly Donegal

Programme: Donegal

WHO Theme: Community Support And Health Services, Respect And Social Inclusion

Health & Wellbeing Theme: Staying Connected

Funding Stream: Community Resilience Fund Covid

Resources Required: Community Support, Paid Staff

Cost: 1000-5000


The Donegal Age Friendly programme provided care packages to older people twice during 2020, packages were distributed at at the point where older people were asked to cocoon and a second package was delivered at the onset of Winter. Over 12.500 packages had been distributed but it was identified that residents of care homes were not been catered for, at a time at no one was allowed to visit them. Following consultation, a pack was designed that best catered for the needs of residents and was delivered during Christmas week. The materials were purchased using available funding and the Age Friendly Programme partnered with a TY group in each MD to prepare the packs

Aim of Initiative

The residents of care homes in County Donegal

Who is it aimed at

The residents of care homes in County Donegal

Steps critical to success

  1. funding
  2. assistance of TY groups
  3. support of the Alliance

Challenges in Planning / Delivery

  1. labour intensive

Outcomes / Benefits

  1. inclusion and dignity of isolated older people during covid

Charles Sweeney, Donegal County Council,