A Christmas Message from Bluebird Care

As the end of 2014 approaches, I want to take this opportunity on behalf of the 1,500-strong team at Bluebird Care, to thank you for your support this year. BRIAN_MACGOEY_Web

We work with very many health professionals, families, individuals, businesses and other stakeholders to deliver the highest standards of quality homecare to hundreds of people every day across Ireland.

We look forward to 2015 when we will continue to support our charity partners, roll out a series of events on specialist subjects of interest to our customers, host more Food for the Soul cookery demonstrations with ‘The Restaurant’ Chef Gary O’Hanlon and of course the publication of the Bluebird Care Irish Pensioners Handbook takes place in January.

Many of our team members will be working throughout the festive season ensuring that families are together at this special time. It’s important that loved ones who choose to be at home for Christmas, have that opportunity.

We are proud to be able to help make Christmas more special for our customers. I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy 2015.

Sincerely,

Brian MacGoey
Managing Director
Bluebird Care
bluebirdcare.ie

Helping Age Action’s Christmas Dreams Come True

As you would expect there were Christmas songs, Christmas jumpers, tinsel on every corner and donations all day long at Christmas FM on #DonationDay.  Christmas FM broadcasts for six weeks before and during the Christmas period and it is run by volunteers. #DonationDay was all in aid of Age Action who were trying to raise much-needed funds for their Care and Repair programme.

This valuable service was established by Age Action to help carry out minor repairs for older and vulnerable people free of charge, to give them access to reliable tradesmen for larger jobs and to provide a befriending service. The vision of the programme is to enable older and vulnerable people to remain in their own homes, in their own communities, living as independently as possible, through the improvement of their housing conditions and their level of comfort, security and well-being.

Niamh Hennelly, from Age Action West in Galway, with Niall Cassidy (left) who have taken the reins of today's Christmas FM fundraiser show, with Garvan Rigby (centre) in the Christmas FM studio. Photo Age Action Facebook Page.

Niamh Hennelly, from Age Action West in Galway, with Niall Cassidy (left) who have taken the reins of today’s Christmas FM fundraiser show, with Garvan Rigby (centre) in the Christmas FM studio. Photo Age Action Facebook Page.

So we decided to help out and to spur the public on to match our donation of €7,500 given in three tranches of €3,000, €3,000 and €1,500. And the public responded. Age Action raised a whopping €54,905.

 

The Irish Times visited the station to capture the festive spirit. Just click on the image below to watch the video.

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How to Make a Home Safe for Older People

Despite the range of care options available, older people are increasingly choosing to stay at home. If your ageing loved ones prefer independent living, here are some tips that will make their life easier, and give you some peace of mind.

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