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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is Subvention?
A. Subvention is a grant from the HSE (Health Service Executive) to help with nursing home costs, it is means tested.

For more information please see the private nursing home subvention article in the useful information in our website.

Q. 2. What are the Early Signs of Dementia?
A. The early signs of dementia are very subtle and vague, and may not be immediately obvious. Early symptoms also vary a great deal. Usually, though, people first seem to notice that there is a problem with memory, particularly in remembering recent events.

Other common symptoms include:

  • Confusion.
  • Personality change.
  • Apathy and withdrawal.
  • Loss of ability to do everyday tasks.

For more information please see the dementia article in the useful information in our website.

Q. 3. What is the treatment for Osteoporosis?
A. Osteoporosis is where the bone density is markedly reduced. One normally builds bone up until the age of 30. The thinning of bone from 50 onwards is much greater in women than in men and women.

It is important to build a strong skeleton and this is where a balanced diet is important. A good intake of Calcium and Vitamin D is essential. Exercise is critically important and half an hour or more of brisk weight bearing exercise a day is very protective in preserving bone. Smoking contributes to osteoporosis.

Treatment of Osteoporosis can vary for more information please see the osteoporosis article in the useful information in our website.

Q. 4. What are Sheltered Care Communities?
A. Sheltered Care Communities are where residents can be enabled to retain their independence and autonomy and can still avail of 24 hours medical assistance when necessary.

Treatment of Osteoporosis can vary for more information please see the sheltered care article in the useful information in our website.