Marty Kelly reflects on a career change from hospital nurse to home nurse
Marty Kelly from Glencar in Letterkenny is a Registered General Nurse and spent many years helping people recuperate so they could go home. Marty trained in Romford in Essex, qualifying in 1995 and staff nursing in London and Dublin. For the past five years Marty and his team of Registered Nurses, Care Managers, Healthcare Assistants and Personal Assistants have been supporting people of all ages and with varying degrees of ability at home. He set up Bluebird Care in 2010 and this week is celebrating five years in business and gives employment to 110 people in every pocket of the county.
Marty says, “Bluebird Care has transformed the community health sector in Donegal over the past five years. Stepping into the homecare market has allowed us provide invaluable care in the home and in the community setting for people of all ages. Homecare is a now a realistic and cost-effective alternative to nursing home care and more and more people are choosing it.
“We provide valuable employment and really, change peoples lives, by allowing them to recuperate, rehabilitate or in some cases die at home. Our youngest customer is two months old and our oldest customer is 98 years old. We provide specialised care in a range of areas from Alzheimer’s and dementia care, to care of children with complex needs and of course care of older persons as well as providing personal assistant support to people with intellectual, physical or sensory disabilities.”
Bluebird Care is Q Mark certified which means that the external body Excellence Ireland Quality Association (EIQA) audits their internal and external systems and processes to ensure high quality care is delivered.
Marty Kelly is also committed to giving back to the community and he and his team are often found organising 5km road races, collecting for local charities and they are also one of the main sponsors of Blood Bike North West. To date they have raised €10,000 for local charities in Donegal. Next week Marty will present a cheque for €5,000 to Blood Bike North West ensuring they can continue their work transferring emergency medical products from Letterkenny General Hospital to hospitals in Dublin and in other counties.
Eddie O’Toole, Operations Director of Bluebird Care Ireland speaking from Limerick this week congratulated Marty and his entire team on their success to date. “Donegal is a major success story in the Bluebird Care network. Marty’s leadership and his real sense of community in Donegal is evident in all that he and his team do. We are delighted to share our congratulations to the team in Donegal.”
Bluebird Care is extending an open invitation to their 5th birthday party – a free cookery demonstration with Ramelton-born celebrity chef Gary O’Hanlon on Monday 23rd March in the Station House Hotel, Letterkenny. Gary will cook recipes from his award-winning cookbook Food for the Soul published by Bluebird Care.