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‘Massive’ disparity in Clare nursing home costs

THE cost of accommodating patients in public long-stay residential facilities is almost double private nursing homes, with a €790 gap between the dearest and cheapest beds in Clare, new figures have revealed. The maximum weekly Fair Deal rate for a bed in St Dominic Savio Nursing Home is €860, according to latest figures obtained by The Clare Champion. This compares to a weekly fee of €1,650 in Raheen Community Nursing Unit, €1,607 in St Joseph’s Community Hospital, €1,481 in Ennistymon Community Nursing Unit and €1,422 in Regina House Nursing Unit. The cost of care in publicly-run facilities throughout the country was set in January 2020, but the figures for private and voluntary nursing homes came into force at the end of last month. The average Fair Deal rate in Clare is in the region of €910 weekly. Carrigoran House Newmarket-on-Fergus is the dearest of the privately-run facilities in the county, with a weekly rate of €1,010. Other facilities charge the …

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Fifty new jobs in home care in Clare and Limerick

HOME Instead, Ireland’s largest private provider of home care services, has this week announced the creation of 50 new jobs across its Limerick and Clare offices. The care company is recruiting for 50 additional caregivers across the counties, as part of its recruitment of 1,000 additional caregivers, who will be hired throughout the country. Commenting on the announcement, Liam Toland, Owner and Manager Director of Home Instead in Limerick & Clare said: “The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the vital support that caregivers provide to their clients and the link they provided to the outside world to those they were caring for. “We know that where possible older people want to continue living independent lives in their own homes and in their own communities. In the years ahead, Ireland, like so many countries, will face the challenge of an ageing population. Home care can play an increasingly important role in providing care to our oldest and most vulnerable citizens. “We’re inviting …

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Top business award for Clare tech company

A CLARE-BASED tech company, which has been dubbed ‘Tinder For Jobs’, has won a top business award, writes Owen Ryan. Get The Shifts, which offers an on-demand staffing platform to hospitality businesses, has been named as Most Innovative Temporary Staffing Solutions Provider 2021 in the EU Business News Irish Enterprise Awards. The award highlights the continued success of Get the Shifts as they deliver high quality, experienced staff to clients for shift work with as little as three hours’ notice. The EU Business News Awards recognise “exemplary Irish business demonstrating outstanding levels of excellence, customer service and innovation.” In making their selection, the EU Business News Irish Enterprise Award considered Get the Shifts’ achievements under various criteria such as business performance, longevity, business growth and any significant innovations. Speaking about the award, Hannah Wrixon, General Manager of Get the Shifts said, “We are absolutely delighted and honoured to have been recognised by EU Business News for this award. “It is …

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‘Shocking’ rise in domestic abuse in second lockdown last year

NEW figures reveal that three Clare children were forced to spend Christmas Day in a refuge because of domestic abuse in their home. The data, which highlights the added pressure on the refuge operated by Clare Haven during the second lockdown last year, have been described by the service manager as “shocking”. Figures contained in the national report ‘Tracking the Shadow Pandemic – Lockdown 2,’ show that ten women and 17 children were given refuge, safety and security at Clare Haven in the month of November. A further 72 helpline calls were received to the service in that month alone, where we gave emotional support and information to women living with domestic abuse. A total of four women and 13 children were given refuge in December. Over the course of 2020, 88 women were in refuge in Clare up from the 79 in 2019 and 81 in 2018. “Even in an extraordinary time of crisis, these numbers are shocking,” said …

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Old Ground Hotel

To celebrate the Old Ground Valentines in a Box and their ‘OG to GO’ which is available every Friday through Sunday. The Clare Champion have teamed up with The Old Ground to offer our readers the chance to win overnight accommodation plus dinner in a junior suite in the Old Ground. Simply fill in the form below to enter the competition.

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Dromoland Castle

Fill in the form below to be entered into a competition to win Mrs White’s Christmas Afternoon Tea for two and two Dromoland Castle cups and saucers. THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED

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St.Tola Goat Farm

Fill in the form below to be entered into a competition to win a Clare Brunch Box to the value of €65 THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED New online offering, on our website www.st-tola.ie  to send to your loved ones  who can’t make it to Co. Clare for Halloween  or to treat yourself and support small local businesses. Clare Brunch Box for €65   12 items from the county’s finest food producers  Burren Hot Smoked Salmon 140g  Burren Gold Cheese 200g Carrageen Moss Pudding 170g Carrygerry Very Berry Granola 200g Carrygerry Chilli Apple Jelly 425g  Meere’s Black& White Pudding 300g Meere’s Gourmet Sausage Rolls 200g  St.Tola Divine Cream Cheese 120g St.Tola Hard Cheese 150g Sweet & Green Brown Bread 500g Sweet & Green   Hummus 250g Wilde Irish   Chocolate Salted Caramel  Bar 80g  Deadline for orders is Monday Dec 7th  Delivery nationwide . All details on our online store on www.st-tola.ie 

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