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Has your puppy got what it takes to be named Petmania Puppy of the Year 2020?

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Amazing prize worth €1,500 for the winning pooch

Petmania, along with sponsors BETA, has launched the hugely popular Puppy of the Year Competition for 2020. The competition will be run entirely online for 2020, with €1,500 worth of prizes to be won by one very lucky puppy. Entries are open from Monday 28th September online at www.petmania.ie. Adorable pooches have just three weeks to enter the competition to be in with a chance of being named Petmania Puppy of the Year. Read more

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FAMILY CARERS CONCERN OVER HSE WINTER INITIATIVE PLAN 2020 

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In 2020 The Homecare Coalition called for €123m in additional Home Support Hours. The additional 4.7m Home Support Hours and the Home First Initiative announced in the HSE Winter Plan yesterday will have a combined cost of €138m but are only receiving a qualified welcome from Family Carers Ireland.

However the wider context is important to understand,” says Catherine Cox, Head of Communications and Carer Engagement with Family Carers Ireland. “Family Carers have been placed under extraordinary pressure during the Covid-19 crisis with many of the supports such as transport and day care services, on which they are so dependent, being reduced or even cancelled. The HSE plan is very clear on GP burnout and putting preventive measures in place. What about the thousands of family carers who are caring 24/7 without essential respite and day care services? What about carer burnout? Whilst this plan attempts to address the significant challenges within our hospitals where is the plan to address the crisis in tens of thousands of family homes. So sadly whilst there may be many things to welcome within the plan it doesn’t change the historical pattern that, in the final analysis, the health system prioritises itself at the expense of family carers.”

 

Family Carers Ireland welcomes the additional 4.7 million home care hours but have grave concerns around the discharge to assess model and how this will work in practice. The plan aims to double existing home support hours to support those with high and moderate levels of frailty, including people with dementia. It also includes the roll out of a single patient assessment tool, and gives clinicians three pathways to support patient discharge back to the community using a discharge to assess model underpinned with a philosophy of home first.  Family Carers Ireland is worried about the additional pressure this will place on our members if other vital supports such as day care services, transport, home care and essential therapies which have been significantly reduced and in some cases eliminated are not reinstated.

 

Ms Cox added,The plan also causes concern with regard to its sharp focus on the rapid turnaround of patients. The Home First Initiative is all about getting patients home and assessing them afterwards. Our fear is families will be pressurised to take their loved one home without any guarantee of supports or appropriate housing aids and therefore we will be advising our members not to co-operate with this model as we believe that an adequate package of home care services must be guaranteed beforehand through an agreed transfer of care protocol.  There is a lot of detailed work required to ensure that yet more burden is not placed on the already exhausted legion of family carers who are doing such vital work to keep the pressure off our health services”.

 

See www.familycarers.ie

 

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Do your ‘cookies’ jar with new legislation

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87 % of Irish businesses unaware of October 6th GDPR deadline

With the October 6th deadline just days away for ‘cookie’ GDPR compliance – a survey* has revealed that 87 per cent of Irish businesses are not aware of the looming cut-off date. Read more

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Happy Workplaces Conference 2020

LEADING international industry experts will share tips on designing and creating a happy workforce as part of this year’s unmissable Happy Workplaces Conference, an online, completely interactive event which runs on Thursday, October 1. Read more

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STAY SAFE WITH CLICK AND COLLECT

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Online store creates new jobs for pet retailer

Responding to the needs of its customers in the new landscape of retail, Petmania Ireland has introduced a number of safety features to offer its customers flexibility and choices when picking up their essential pet-care and nutritional supplies.

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Rise in BIN fraud costs Irish online retailers 

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Increase in Bank Identification Number (BIN) credit card attacks on Irish retail sites

There has been a notable increase in BIN (Bank Identification Number) attacks on Irish ecommerce websites. The ‘charge back’ fees arising from these attacks, which can run into thousands of euro, are the responsibility of the retailer and will be passed directly to them.  Read more

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School spells separation-anxiety for pets | Soothing Pet Products for Panicked Pets

A return to school spells separation-anxiety for pets. The family dog has enjoyed six-months of non-stop affection and uninterrupted access to their humans. As schools reopen this week and many parents return to the workplace – how can we help our pets manage the change of routine? Read more

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Kilkenny’s Medispa Honoured with All Star Business Award

Kilkenny’s laser and skincare specialists, Mint Medispa has received a massive boost as it receives All Star accreditation in 2020. Mint Medispa by Pembroke Kilkenny, located in the heart of the city has been honoured with a prestigious award proving that All-stars are not just for the GAA in Kilkenny.
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Taoiseach, Micheál Martin officially launches Emergency Card Scheme for Family Carers Ireland

Today, Monday 31st August, The Taoiseach formally launched Family Carers Ireland’s Emergency Card Scheme. Family Carers Ireland (FCI), in partnership with An Garda Siochana, the National Ambulance Service Community First Responder Schemes, The Irish Red Cross and The Order of Malta has developed a new Emergency Card Scheme for family carers.

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Free Local Puppy Care Classes for New Pet-Parents

Puppy boom in Ireland during Pandemic

The covid-19 pandemic has seen a soar in the demand for an extra family member in Irish households. The pandemic has surpassed Christmas as a time to get new pets and hundreds of local families have introduce a new furry friend. Have some pet-owners taken on a bit more than they can chew?   Read more