Bluebird Care Wexford Host Guess Who’s Coming to Tea

Come along on Friday 3rd October and you never know who might show up!

Bluebird Care in Wexford is inviting the local community to join them at Guess Who’s Coming to Tea on Friday 3rd October from 10.30am to 12noon at their offices at 6 Upper George’s Street, Wexford Town.

Guess Who’s Coming to Tea is a joint charity fundraiser being organised by the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind and the older people’s charity Age Action as part of UN International Day of Older People on Wednesday 1st October and World Sight Day on Thursday 9th October and they are encouraging people to host tea parties at home or at work.

Director of Bluebird Care Michael Corcoran says, “An added attraction of hosting a tea party is that you might have a celebrity guest show up.” Bluebird Care is the main sponsor of Guess Who’s Coming to Team as well as sponsors of National Positive Ageing Week which runs from 1st – 9th October.

Age Action and Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind are hoping to raise €100,000 which will be divided between both charities in order to help them continue offering the programmes and services we currently provide.

Register your tea party at www.guesswhoscomingtotea.ie

Bluebird Care Galway Wins National Q Mark Title

It’s official! Bluebird Care Galway, based in Parkmore, has just been named as the Best Homecare in Ireland for Quality Management Systems at this year’s National Q Mark Awards. They were also runners up to Road Bridge as National Winner’s for “Best Company in Ireland for Quality Management Systems”.

Hailed as “The Pioneers of Business Excellence” and “The Innovators that will take Ireland to greater heights of Quality and Excellence”, the team from Bluebird Care Galway was beaming with pride as they were called to the stage to receive the winner’s trophy during a glamorous awards ceremony held in the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel in Dublin.

Director of Bluebird Care Galway Sean Lyons says, “The whole team are very excited to have won this prestigious award as it’s independent recognition of the high quality of the Homecare service our Care Staff provide to our Customers.

“This award recognises the expert management skills of our Care Manager Carolyn Corless who works tirelessly and professionally to ensure that our Customers receive the very highest standards of care and she also ensures that our large team of Care Assistants work in a professional environment at all times.

“Carolyn is ably supported by a strong management team who work exceptionally hard to ensure that our Customers receive only the highest standard of care possible. Finally Sean says that he would like to thank all our many Customers for their continued support as without them nothing is possible.”

The Q Mark Awards are indelibly associated with Quality and Excellence in the minds of Irish consumers and is the only system which allows businesses to monitor 100% of their processes and procedures 100% of the time. Winning this award has shown that Bluebird Care Galway truly cares about the people they care for and is willing to go the extra mile to ensure that it achieves the highest possible standards at all times.

The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD, who attended this year’s National Q Mark Awards, said “At the heart of our jobs plan is supporting Irish businesses providing products and services to the highest global standards and creating good, sustainable employment. It is great to see tonight so many Irish businesses from all parts of the country making high standards a key part of their offering to customers. These are the innovative Irish businesses that will power the engine of our recovery, and I wish them every success in the future”.

In the face of increasingly competitive markets and mounting pressure on companies to produce goods and services at low cost, many of us now have concerns about who is protecting us when it comes to quality testing and best practice. This is why it is so reassuring to know that EIQA – The Guardians of The Q Mark, are still rigorously auditing all types of businesses and will only award the coveted Q Mark to those that operate at standards far above the current legislative requirements and conduct their affairs with the consumer’s best interests in mind.

Bluebird Care Galway was founded in October 2008 and currently employs a dedicated team of one hundred and four people throughout Galway. The service provides domiciliary care both on behalf of the HSE and through private home visits. Bluebird Care Galway offers services which are essential to clients’ standard of living, especially considering many of these clients require assistance in order to go about their daily routines. Bluebird prides itself on providing a compassionate, top class service and prioritises the highest standards across every area of its operations.

As they left the stage having been presented with their award, Carolyn Corless, Care Manager at Bluebird Care Galway, said “To be a recipient of a National Q Mark Award is a tremendous achievement. I think it is most important for our customers who are once again reminded that they choose a Homecare provider that puts them at the heart of its business. We will continue to monitor best practice and we will continue to improve ourselves”.

Known as The Oscar’s of Business Excellence, The Q Mark Award is the highest accolade an Irish business can achieve, given both the fierce competition and the exacting standards required and Bluebird Care Galway can now relax in the knowledge that they are officially the Best Homecare in Ireland for Quality Management Systems.

Irene Collins, Managing Director of The National Q Mark Awards said, “The entire team from Bluebird Care Galway can be justifiably proud of the outstanding achievement of being named the winner of the Best Homecare in Ireland for Quality Management Systems.The investment by Sean in up-skilling his team has seen them embrace new systems that put best practice at the heart of everything they do. This is a real team result. We would like to congratulate them on this fantastic achievement and we wish them continued success on their journey towards excellence.”

Bluebird Care Galway has demonstrated extraordinary levels of dedication and unerring quality throughout The Q Mark assessment process. Its award winning success can be attributed to the dedication of every single member of the team in their interaction with The Q Mark. Achieving a place as a finalist for The Q Mark Finals demonstrates exceptional standards in and of itself. Homecare Providers like Bluebird Care Galway which go on to win a National Q Mark Award, prove that they have exceeded even these impeccable standards, thereby earning their title as the Pioneers of Business Excellence.

The Team from Bluebird Care Galway

Chef Gary O'Hanlon with Active Retirement Ireland President Mai Quaid

Chicken Celery & Lemon Salad

I got married in March 2013. Set in the incredible grounds of Viewmount House, I had planned seven plus courses of the finest food you could imagine. I was thinking, what course will they love most? Will it be Anise Orange Cured Duck leg Confit or Pig’s Tail Croquettes with Yuzu Gel, Piquillo, Micro Cress and Pear Mustard?

Maybe it’ll be Salt Fried Sirloin Steak with Peppercorn Courvoisier Sauce, Colcannon & Straw Potatoes or the Dessert of Valrhona Chocolate Tote with Pear and Celery Ice Cream? No. The dish everyone talked about was the one I hadn’t given a second thought to. It was about 4am and the poor DJ had finally stopped playing music and out rolled the sandwiches.

I’ve always made chicken salad the same way but I never gave it much thought. Needless to say it has become a regular request from my wife Netty now on Sunday evenings whenever she’s getting ready for school the next day.

The mixture of lemon juice, mayo celery and chicken gives this an addictive taste. Try it for yourself. You’ll never make a chicken sandwich the old way again.

Chicken Cumin Coriander Quesadillas with Sour Cream & Tomato Salsa

This is a South African favourite and one I first started making about 14 years ago in Boston. The cheese mix is pretty much the same as that of the Naan Bread Pizzas, which is in the book also, so if you make the mix why not try your hand at both. The cheese mix will last a few days in the fridge covered.