Managing diabetes for your elderly loved one

There may come a time when your loved one can no longer manage their diabetes because of illness, physical changes or age- related reasons leaving you with the task of aiding them.

 There may be many reasons why they can’t manage it any more, it could be physically not being able to administer syringe medication or certain dietary needs or it could be due to cognitive impairment.

It is advisable to take an easy non-invasive approach. Remember your loved one has been managing their own diabetes successfully for ...

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The Magic of Movies

Movies have many effects on us, they can bring back memories reminding of days gone past by and transporting us in time. As we get older, we love to reminisce and look back over our younger years reminding ourselves we have lived through many different times and through lots of important historical events.  Movies can spark memories that bring great joy and emotion.

Sometimes we all need a little prompt for these thoughts to surface and one way to do this is through the power of movies. ...

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Comfort package Ideas for your loved ones

We often forget that for those people living in Long term care, visits from their relatives and friends can sometimes be an infrequent and rare occurrence whether because of time pressures or travel costs.  It is at times like these when the idea of a Comfort Package can be a simple way of providing well-being for a loved one who you are unable to visit regularly.  In this article, we have looked at some of the simple examples of potential ideas for such a package

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What’s on in February

The first month of spring is here and we are ready for brighter mornings and longer evenings.

We have lots on in February and all families and friends of Beechtree’s residents are always welcome to join us for any of these activities or outings.

Phil Mac Phibin braved the cold weather and gather the reeds needed to make St Brigids day crosses and on 2nd Feb she will be in with to help us make some crosses.

Bernie White is in with us on 7th Feb. for some lovely massage ...

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What’s happening in December

Here is a list of events on over the next festive month at Beechtree. We hope we will see you at some of the events

Monday 3rd December we have Music with Aidan Flynn and some of our residents are heading off to see the Wild Lights at Dublin Zoo

Wednesday 5th & 19th December, Maria our Arts & Crafts lady will be in to make some Christmas themed items with our Residents

Monday 10th December, we have music with ...

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September & October 2018 – What went on at Beechtree

As we say goodbye to the warmth of the autumn, Beechtree have been adjusting to the colder and shorter wintery days.

We had one last visit from Ray’s ice-cream van for this year, bringing delicious ice cream to everyone, I’ve no doubt he will be back to us when the warmer days come back next year.

Beechtree always enjoys sharing in the celebration of our resident’s birthdays and we had lots to celebrate in September and October. A few evenings were ...

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Exercise for the elderly

We all know that exercise is good for our physical & mental well-being and no matter what age we are, this fact remains the same.

For most of our older generation exercise was a part of their daily chores and routines growing up. As children, they were a lot more active than the current generation of young people. They walked to school or cycled if they were lucky enough to own a bike. When they got home, they had daily chores ...

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Halloween in Beechtree

Halloween in Beechtree
For many of us Halloween holds fond memories of playing dress up, families gathering together, building bonfires, playing the traditional game of “apple bobbing”, telling scary stories and playing trick or treat while visiting neighbours.
So many of our traditions and rituals are built into this celebration and it’s nice to look at those associated with Halloween. It is true that remembering our own traditions can boost well-being and bring a sense of fun to a person’s ...

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News from July & August

The sun continued to shine for us in July & August and here in  Beechtree we had a busy summer.

With the beautiful long days, we had a few visits from Ray’s ice-cream van, bringing delicious ice cream to everyone.

There were many birthdays to celebrate and we took a few trips to the Oldtown house and O Connors in Ballyboughal for some cool refreshments. A special thanks to Niamh & Maddie for arranging this.

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Why is reminiscence so important?

Why is reminiscence so important?

We often hear about reminiscence therapy in Nursing home environments, and maybe some of you are wondering just how important or beneficial these sessions are to our elderly relatives or friends. In this blog I will look at what is reminiscence, why it is important and how you can incorporate reminiscence into your visits.

What is reminiscence?

The definition of Reminiscence is – “a story told about a past event remembered by the narrator”. If we look at ...

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