Bobby Kerr speaking at the Citizen Advocacy Project for People with Disabilities – South-East*** Focus Group

Citizen Advocacy Project for People With Disabilities Focus Group

Bluebird Care is delighted to attend and exhibit at the Citizen Advocacy Project for People with Disabilities (South-East) Focus Group.

The focus groups for the Citizen Advocacy Project for People with Disabilities are taking place in Carlow, Kilkenny, Waterford, Wexford and Tipperary.

We will attend the upcoming event in Enniscorthy on 7th October having attended the Kilkenny event.

Brian Egan attending Citizenship Advocacy Focus Group in Kilkenny

Brian Egan attending Citizenship Advocacy Focus Group in Kilkenny

Places for these focus groups are limited and organisers are asking those interested in securing a place to book in advance. Bookings can be made directly by email to emer.meighan@sage.thirdageireland.ie or by phone on 086 1836208.

Please ensure that bookings are made no later than one week prior to the event.

Download the event flyer at the link below.

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Dementia Elevator Programme DCU

The Dementia Showcase: Awareness, Skills, Education

The Dementia Elevator Project, The HSE and The Alzheimer Society of Ireland present the Dementia Elevator Showcase at the Helix, DCU on 20 September 2016. Come along to discover and experience the latest innovations in Irish dementia awareness, dementia training and dementia care.

Dementia Elevator Showcase

Dementia Elevator Showcase

 

Michael Corcoran in our Wexford office will be hosting a joint presentation of this project in the South East in the coming weeks.

“Over the coming weeks I will be doing  a presentation in Wexford Library and in conjunction with Enniscorthy Chamber and Wexford Chamber once again using material from the Dementia Elevator team. Our last series of presentations in Wexford to retailers was very well received.”

What is the Dementia Showcase?

The Dementia Showcase is a unique event designed to highlight training courses and awareness programmes that are focused on dementia, as well as other initiatives that support people with dementia and their carers.

The Showcase will involve key note presentations, practical exhibits and interactive workshops delivered by the teams from Dublin City University (DCU), the Health Services Executive (HSE) and The Alzheimer Society of Ireland (ASI) with special guests, including world-renowned dementia expert Prof. June Andrews, (University of Stirling). Participants on the day will also include:

  • The Tipperary Dementia Technology Library
  • SONAS APC
  • The Dun Laoghaire Sweet Memories Choir
  • The Irish Dementia Working Group
  • The Azure Project
  • HSE, Nutrition and Dementia Resource
  • DSIDC Schools Dementia Awareness Project
  • National Dementia Awareness Campaign

We will also be announcing the winners of the Dementia Elevator Innovation Award 2016.

Who should attend?

The Showcase will be of interest to health and social care professionals, family carers, community groups, retailers, financiers, transport services, patient representatives, and people with dementia. Capacity is limited, so if you would like to attend, please click on the link below to book your place.

Register here

Registration fee is €20 (payable when booking). Attendance is free for those aged over 65, people with dementia and family carers, however booking is essential. Find out more here.

Denise Coen Bluebird Care customer - why choose Bluebird Care

[Customer Interview] Why We Chose Bluebird Care For Homecare

How do you decide which homecare company to choose? This is one of the biggest decisions you will have to make and often times it is in a stressful situation. So why choose Bluebird Care?

Ask yourself, ‘what are the most important factors in choosing a care provider for myself or a family member?’

We asked one of our customers these questions in a recent interview. Perhaps Denise Coen’s experience will help you in deciding whether to choose Bluebird Care as your homecare provider?

What is homecare?

Homecare is a professional service provided to individuals and families in their own homes, where they require assistance with everyday tasks to make their daily life more comfortable. This can range from companionship through to specialist non medical care for people on a short or long term basis. Homecare is provided to people of all ages and varying degrees of ability. 

Bluebird Care is dedicated to providing professional, safe, quality health and social care services in a dignified, respectful and compassionate manner to all its customers.

Why Denise chose Bluebird Care

Denise Coen speaks to Ollie Daly about why she chose Bluebird Care as her care partner for her mother who has Dementia.

Would you like a free care assessment by a registered nurse?

Contact your local Bluebird Care office for a no-obligation and confidential conversation and speak with one of our registered nurses.

 

What is Person-Centred Care?

At Bluebird Care we adopt a person-centred care approach to homecare and independent living support. This means that the customer is at the heart of all decisions made about his or her care.

This is a very important ethos as it means that we are directed by the person receiving care. Sometimes this can include involvement from other medical professionals and/or family members.

[WATCH] Homecare with Bluebird Care

 

In this blog post we set out the steps we at Bluebird Care take in providing person-centred care to our customers.

 

Person-centred care planning at Bluebird Care

Step 1

A prospective customer or a member of their family will contact us and inquire about our ability to offer care in this particular circumstance. Sometimes we will be contacted by a medical professional such as a GP, Public Health Nurses or a Discharge Nurse in a hospital.  They will give an outline of the care requirements of the individual and we agree to set up a meeting with the person and/or their family/medical team.

Bluebird Care has offices in 26 locations so there is one nearby where you live. Click here to find your local office.

Step 2

At the first meeting with the prospective customer we get an insight into their care needs. The meeting is attended by a Bluebird Care Care Manager and also a Care Planner. The meeting will centre around looking at the individual’s medical history, family circumstances, reasons for their current care requirements, family and social circle, interests, hobbies, level of independence. Really we want to get a picture of the life they want to lead and how we can support them in achieving that. Homecare support can range from 30-minute visits to more longer term and more intense care. But it is entirely up to the individual and his/her family what they want and need. We take notes of all the relevant information to prepare a person-centred homecare support package.

Step 3

Following the one-to-one meeting the Bluebird Care care team will devise a customised package of care and support relevant to the customers’ needs. This will be very in-depth and will have a schedule of tasks, times, roles and responsibilities of the care team and also reporting mechanisms for the individual/their family. This care plan is presented to the individual and their family for review.

Step 4

When we are assigned a care package with a customer we will then introduce the members of our team who will be working directly with you. They are usually Care Assistants and Personal Assistants. It is very important that a rapport and a bond is established between the Bluebird Care team members and the customer and their family and this first initial meeting will establish this.

Step 5

As with any plan, it needs to be constantly monitored and regularly reviewed. Bluebird Care review care plans monthly to ensure that we take account of changes in the customers’ medical situation, lifestyle, family network and any other relevant factors and the care plan is updated accordingly.

If you would like to talk to us about your care needs contact your local Bluebird Care office.