Free, helpful resources for older people and their families

Home Instead has a wide range of free resources for the public, which can help older people and their families get through these challenging times.

Below you’ll find a list of literature which you can download free and use, depending on you or your loved one’s needs.

Please check for the latest public advice on Covid-19, as this may limit your ability to carry out some of the activities and suggestions contained in the literature.

Free Downloads for Seniors and Family Carers


Senior Citizen & Family Carer Essential Guidebook 2020 

Huge resource of information for older people and family carers, covering lifestyle, health and wellbeing, diet and nutrition, and more.


Senior Emergency Kit

Document you can use to keep all of your loved one’s information on, Important Contact Information, Medication, Allergies, Doctor Visits and other resources in one handy place.


Activities for the mind, body and soul

A host of good ideas to keep your loved ones spirits high, especially if they are isolated. Note – some suggestions such as visits to the cinema are not available during Covid-19.


Beat the Break

Now, more than ever, we need to do everything possible to ensure older people avoid unnecessary hospital visits. Our ‘Beat the Break’ booklet is a guide to osteoperosis, healthy bones and fall prevention.


Running on empty – caring for the carer

Family carers who provide such invaluable care for their loved ones may be experiencing increased emotional and physical stress at this time. Our free booklet contains tips and advice on how you can reduce this stress.


5 tips for family carers during Covid-19

These five tips are particularly useful for family carers who are looking after loved ones in the face of Covid-19.


Free Information from partners



ALONE is taking calls from concerned older people through their COVID-19 support line.

“The WHO advises us to be SMART and inform ourselves about COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and to be kind and support one another. This support line provides additional information supports for older people who may have concerns or support needs; it is led by our voluntary sector who provide invaluable work with communities; and is working as part of our co-ordinated national response to COVID-19,” says Sean Moynihan, CEO of ALONE.

Contact ALONE on 0818 222 024 if you have concerns about your own wellbeing, or the wellbeing of an older person you know. Further information can be found on


Family Carers Ireland


Covid Community Response

Covid Community Response is a national support helpline for individuals and organisations seeking assistance from their local community during the Covid-19 pandemic. Members of the public seeking assistance can now do so via text (086 180 0256) or phone call (021 237 7809).

Safeguarding Your Money 

Banking & Payments Federation Ireland has published a special information guide providing practical advice for cocooning customers on the various ways in which they can manage their day-to-day banking and finances in a safe way while they stay at home. In addition each of the five retail banks, AIB, Bank of Ireland, KBC, permanent tsb and Ulster Bank now have dedicated phonelines to assist cocooning customers during the Covid-19 crisis.   FIND OUT MORE >