World Alzheimers Day 2017

On #WORLDALZHEIMERSDAY we look at the latest statistics and what can be done to help people with Alzheimers.

A global report has suggested that Dementia cases are set to treble in Ireland by 2041. There are currently 42,000 people living with the disease here. But that is set to increase to 140,000 cases in less than 30 years.

Alzheimer’s Disease International says 44 million people live with the disease globally, but that figure will increase to 135 million by 2050. (source, BBC news).

Globally, dementia is one of the biggest challenges we face, with nearly 50 million people living with dementia worldwide. 

Caring for a person with dementia can be very demanding but Bluebird Care can help you to support your loved one by offering advice, guidance and support, assessing and then developing a person centred support plan which is implemented by experienced staff. Support can be on a regular basis or short term to provide a break for family members and carers.

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia. The word dementia describes a set of symptoms that can include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language. These symptoms occur when the brain is damaged by certain diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease

Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease. This means that gradually, over time, more parts of the brain are damaged. As this happens, more symptoms develop. They also become more severe.

But dementia is no longer the taboo topic it once was. People are talking more frankly about living with dementia than ever before. That’s thanks in part to the power of social media.

Everyday tasks such as washing and dressing can be difficult and cause stress and anxiety for the person. This is where our staff can help by working with them in a respectful and dignified manner. Washing and toileting is something most of us have done in private since childhood so the lack of privacy and self-consciousness is easy to understand. Staff are trained to encourage independence and offer choices whilst respecting privacy and maintaining safety.

Maintaining a healthy and nutritious diet is important and very often a person with dementia loses interest in food which will affect their over-all health and well- being. Bluebird Care staff can assist in preparing a nutritious meal and present it in a manner that looks appealing.

Bluebird Care staff can provide companionship and encourage activities which people have previously enjoyed such as gardening, walking or even swimming.

Challenging or unusual behaviour can be confusing and difficult to deal with. Staff at Bluebird Care can help you by advising on how to manage this by working with you to identify what may be causing the behaviour of your loved one and finding ways to overcome the problem so that the situation can become more manageable.

 

Recruitment Open Day at Bluebird Care Wexford

Home care provider Bluebird Care Wexford to hold recruitment open-day

Recruitment campaign underway for leading homecare provider

Bluebird Care, is proud to announce that over the coming months it will create 20 new jobs throughout County Wexford. To promote the creation of these new roles Bluebird Care in will host a local recruitment open-day.   

This recruitment open-day will take place in Bluebird Care’s offices in 19 Trinity Street, Wexford on Thursday 28th September between 10am and 4pm.

Bluebird Care delivers care to individuals, with very diverse needs, within the home and in the wider local community and are seeking Care Workers who will follow Bluebird Care’s ethos of placing the person that they are caring for and supporting at the heart and centre of every interaction and to provide this care and support with kindness, compassion, consideration and respect.

Quality and safety is at the core of Bluebird Care’ work. Bluebird Care Wexford possesses the Q Mark for Quality and was recently nominated for a National Q-Mark award.

Michael Corcoran from Bluebird Care said “We are very pleased to announce that we are recruiting a number of additional staff in the coming months. This will allow us to increase our capacity and enable us to continue to provide the highest standard of care that we pride ourselves on. We encourage anyone who may have an interest in working in the care sector to come along to our open day to have a chat to our team about the work we do in Bluebird Care.”

Through My Senses Exhibition

Through my Senses
In association with the Collective Sensory Group and Bluebird Care
Friday 22nd September – Wednesday 11th October 2017

D’lush Café – Wexford Arts Centre

Opening Reception

You are warmly invited to the opening reception on Thursday 21st September at 6.30pm, featuring guest speakers Shona King from The Collective Sensory Group and Michael Corcoran from Bluebird Care.

Wexford Arts Centre in association with the Collective Sensory Group and Bluebird Care are delighted to present Through my Senses, an exhibition of children’s artwork from 22nd September to 11th October at D’lush Café, Wexford Arts Centre.  

The Collective Sensory Group, Bluebird Care and Wexford Art Centre combined their expertise to provide art workshops for young people with additional needs, who may otherwise not have the opportunity to experience the positive and encouraging impact of art. This workshop also sought to promote inclusion and awareness within our community, proving that behind every disability there is a huge amount of talent and ability that comes in many different forms.  

Collectively, we decided to take a sensory approach to the workshops. This process gave each participant the opportunity to work on issues that impact them on a daily basis; including social anxieties, sensory issues, communication differences and intellectual disabilities. Within the group, each child had personal goals that artist Tina Fortune worked on helping them to achieve. The workshops gave one to one guidance, tuition and attention to each participant. The activities also focused on processes and materials, allowing the children the freedom to choose from array of materials and methods of application. The workshops were a phenomenal success as evidenced in the exhibition, with all our participants achieving above and beyond any goals and aspirations that were set in the beginning.

Tina Fortune is an artist living and working in Wexford. Working mainly in acrylics, her practice includes drawings, paintings and murals. Her practice is strengthened by her four children; one who is on the Autism spectrum. Tina works extensively with children with special-needs and has created inspiring work on sensory rooms for children at the Collective Sensory Group and St. John of God National School. She has also worked with the Presentation Secondary School, Wexford, on multiple commissions, and has been involved in various exhibitions of her own work.

The Collective Sensory Group is a non-profit, voluntary led group based in Wexford town providing Occupational Therapy, and Speech and Language Therapy to their clients. The group also provides recreational activities and workshops on a regular basis for young people, while also supporting and working with parents. Renowned for their community integration work, high standards of care, and positive clinical feedback, they are a non-funded organisation and rely solely on fundraising and donations so they can continue to subsidise their services.

Bluebird Care, which provides care and support in the home and community, seeks to meet the physical, intellectual and emotional needs of their clients and families while providing supportive and practical services in a dedicated, highly professional and dignified manner. Known for forging personal connections with their customers, Bluebird provides their services in a positive atmosphere, with their approach, drawing on a support plan, identifying the goals and aspirations of the individual.

For further information on the artists or the exhibition please contact Catherine Bowe, Visual Arts Manager, Wexford Arts Centre, Cornmarket, Wexford on +353 (0)53 9123764 or email catherine@wexfordartscentre.ie.

Bluebird Care in Wexford nominated for a National Q Mark Award

The National Q Mark Awards

Friday September 29th | Clayton Hotel, Dublin 4 

The National Q Mark Awards 2017 nominations have been announced and Bluebird Care in Wexford has been nominated for a prestigious Q Mark Award for their Quality Management System (QMS). The coveted Q Mark award is awarded only to companies who achieve the highest standards of quality and excellence. The Q Mark awards celebrate the success of businesses over a range of sectors that review 100% of their processes and procedures 100% of the time so that they continually operate best practice standards.

On hearing of their nomination Michael Corcoran, Managing Director said “We are delighted and honoured to be nominated for this award. For a company that is a little over 3 years in business this is a great reflection on the fantastic work done by our care staff and the great support given to them and our customers by our administration team”

The team at Bluebird Care are delighted to be nominated because this is external validation of their processes, procedures and commitment to excellent customer care. Bluebird Care has an outstanding record in an area where customer care in its truest sense is essential. They invest considerable resources into supporting and training their staff so that they can deliver this care in a professional and supportive manner.

EIQA (Excellence Ireland Quality Association) has been the Irish National Quality Association since 1969. They currently audit the operating standards of thousands of organisations and businesses both in Ireland and Internationally

Only business that achieve the highest scores at audit are shortlisted in their relevant category. Once Shortlisted, all companies must complete a very detailed submission document. This submission document is then presented to an expert panel of independent judges from the areas of Food Safety, Employment Law, Academia, Business & Quality to name but a few.

Speaking at the launch of this year’s awards Irene Collins, Managing Director of EIQA said “To be nominated for The Q Mark Awards is an enormous achievement. Companies who achieve the Q Mark provide their own customers with added confidence in their products and demonstrate that the highest standards of quality and excellence are at the heart of their business”