Global Homestay Club for over 50's

Would you like to meet new people and make money from your spare room?

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a whole new world of social travelling.

The essence of social travel is having fun and developing friendships which go beyond the usual host/guest interaction.

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Sign up for €25 one-time fee and join people across 26 countries who open their doors to fellow Freebird members!

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Review guest booking requests and invite those who you think you will connect with!

MAKE EXTRA MONEY

Enjoy social & cultural interaction with like-minded peers and earn some extra money!

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What our members say...

The guests made really good use of their time in San Francisco, so we didn’t spend much time “at home”. However, they are both interesting and interested: so I really enjoyed our few chats. I’d be delighted to host them again.

Jane

HOST, in USA

We feel so lucky to have been part of Dermot's adventure.  He is a lovely guy and we felt we had known him all our lives by the time he left. We will be following his adventure and plan to visit him in Dublin on his return in 2018.

Kelly Quantin

HOST, in France

Gaetano was a very nice guest. We enjoyed his company very much. We had a good time together, showing him our local region. Hopefully we can welcome him back here again.

Luisa Roseli

HOST, in Switzerland

Our hosts organized and came with us on a tour with a horse carriage and showed us around, also a private tour in historic church. They were a rich source of knowledge about history and the area. We enjoyed everything!

Ilona

GUEST, from Germany

It was a real pleasure to stay with Owen. It's a lovely area, and Owen was a great guide in terms of seeing both local sights and surrounding countryside. We would love to visit again.

The Brouders 

GUEST, from USA

I spent the most relaxing two days in the beautiful suburbs of Los Angeles. And not only did I enjoy wonderful food but also got to socialise with their friends, sing and play music together. 

Dermot Higgins

GUEST, from Ireland

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Frequently asked questions

What is general anesthesia?


General anesthesia makes you unconscious and unaware of the operation, and is usually accomplished by medication injected into an intravenous (a small plastic tube inserted into a vein of the hand or arm). A tube is inserted into the throat while the patient is asleep to help him breathe. All important body functions are closely monitored, and the anesthetist remains with the patient for the entire operation.




What is the role of the anesthetist?


Your anesthetist is a fully trained doctor (MD) who has spent additional years receiving specialized training in anesthesia, and is responsible for the overall medical care of the patient during the time of their dental treatment. The anesthetist will make the patient unconscious and will carefully observe the vital signs such as blood pressure, pulse, and breathing throughout the procedure. A variety of sophisticated electronic monitoring devices may also be used. Under normal conditions your body has a mechanism that automatically prevents you from vomiting anything in your lungs. However, when you are unconscious during general anesthesia this mechanism might not function properly. Therefore, the patient must have an empty stomach before receiving any anesthetic in order to reduce the possibility of this happening. The patient cannot eat ANYTHING after midnight (the night before his appointment). When the procedure is completed, your anesthetist will reverse the anesthetic effect and take the patient to the recovery room. The recovery room nurse, under the supervision of the anesthetist, is trained to care for the patient while they return to consciousness. Their breathing, pulse, blood pressure and temperature will be checked. They will receive oxygen to breathe, and will be asked to cough and take deep breaths to help keep their lungs clear. Medication for pain will be given as necessary. Once your child is fully awake, you will be brought back to the recovery room.




Implants


In many cases dental implants are the best alternative for missing teeth. Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. The implants themselves are tiny titanium posts that are placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. In addition, implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing. Dental implants are an integral part of out ability to restore aesthetics and function.




How will the patient feel after their anesthetic?


The patient might have a dry throat and some stiff muscles. They might have some short term memory loss and drowsiness. Some patients will experience nausea. Their mouth might feel sensitive depending on the type of dental procedures the patient received.




What are the risks of anesthesia?


Adverse effects and serious complications are very rare. However, any operation or anesthetic carries some risks, which depend on the overall health of the patient. Since the specific risks vary with each patient, you should ask your anesthetist what risks your family member may face. The whole team will take every precaution to ensure that the patient’s surgery proceeds smoothly.




What is being done to ensure safety in anesthesia?


The Canadian Anesthetist’s Society and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada work with hospitals and university departments of anesthesia, professional organizations, government agencies, and industry to develop standards of training, equipment, drugs, and procedures to ensure that Canadians receive the highest quality anesthesia care. The primary goal is always patient safety and, thanks to the efforts of all in the field, modern anesthesia has become very safe.