Headway Helpline

Headway’s Information and Support team are keeping our Helpline service open. You can phone us free from all networks on 1800 400 478, Monday to Friday, 9am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm or livechat with us on www.headway.ie during the same hours. You can also email us anytime to helpline@headway.ie.

Covid-19 Help and Guidance

HSE Helpline is providing up to date Covid 19 information on 1850 24 1850 or 041 6850 300 Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm and 10am to 5pm Saturday and Sunday. See their website with further information at https://www2.hse.ie/coronavirus/

HSE Covid-19 Public Information booklet is here. You can listen to it here

Alone has a specific Covid 19 virus helpline for older people – tel: 0818 222 024. It operates from 8am to 8pm.

Easy to read Covid-19 information 

An easy to read version of the HSE Covid-19 Public Information booklet is here

Get a Plain English list of Covid-19 words here.  NALA staff can also help you over the phone if you need help reading or understanding health information – NALA Freephone 1800 20 20 65. NALA is the National Adult Literacy Agency.

Family Carers

Guide for Carers: Minding our mental health during Covid-19. Clear and well laid out, with lots of links at the back.

The HSE have lots of helpful tips and resources for coping at home during Covid-19.

Family Carers Ireland Helpline number: Freephone 1800 240 724

Care Alliance Ireland have set up a Facebook group for carers who cannot attend their normal carers groups. It is run by Care Alliance staff and is only open to carers. See www.facebook.com/groups/FamilyCarerOnlineSupportGroupIreland

Caring for someone with a stroke? The Irish Heart nurses are available on 01 668 5001 during the Covid-19 crisis, Monday to Friday, 9-5. Irish Heart also have a Stroke Carers Facebook group

Help with shopping, prescriptions and medical appointments

If you are over 70 or are a vulnerable person, you can get help to stay indoors safely. There are Covid-19 Community Response Forums in each county now. They can arrange things such as someone to keep in touch and do shopping, links in to local services and transport to medical appointments. Phone 0818 222 024 to get the number for the Covid-19 Community Response Forum for your county or click on this link

Gardai at your local station can collect prescriptions and support you to get to medical appointments. Contact your local Garda station to arrange this service.

Shopping  A number of supermarkets have launched priority shopping hours for older and vulnerable customers. Some may also deliver. Contact your local store for details.

Minding you mental health

Video with tips and advice for people with brain injuries and family members on coping well during the Covid-19 pandemic

May 2020 – online Stress Control classes by the NHS/HSE, run by Dr Jim White on Youtube: Class 1 at 2 pm Monday, 11th May and Tuesday 12th May; Class 2 at 2 pm on Thursday 13th May and Friday 14th May . The classes last 90 minutes and are repeated on the Monday and Thursday at 8.30 pm. The course lasts for 3 weeks, Monday and Thursday each week. Click here for a quick introductory video or to view the class next Monday. Booklets and more information on the course, can be downloaded here.

The Samaritans 24 hour Helpline is open – free phone: 116 123

See here for lots of other services, online classes and apps that may help.

Stay active at home

Seated exercise class every day at 2 pm live from Ireland www.facebook.com/SielBleuIreland. You can also watch back previous classes on YouTube

www.loveyourbrain.com/yoga-videos  includes chair yoga

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