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Donegal & Leitrim

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No 21 Academy Court
Letterkenny
Co. Donegal

T: 074 912 9562
F: 074 912 9539
E: donegal@bluebirdcare.ie
Contact: Marty Kelly

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We are fortunate to have a large team of home care workers and management staff at our Bluebird Care offices in Donegal and Leitrim. Which is just as well – such is our enhanced and growing reputation that we support and look after more than 200 individuals in this part of Ireland.

Our clients range in age from early childhood (2 years) to the very elderly (98 years) and, as you would expect, come to us with a range of needs. These include personal care services such as assistance in caring for themselves as well as light household duties. Then again, our team also provides the essential element of companionship which, at times, can involve simply having a chat over a cuppa or a more structured meeting involving an appointment with the client’s doctor, hairdresser etc.

Services we provide

  • Washing
  • Dressing
  • Preparing meals
  • Washing
  • Cooking
  • Cleaning
  • Lighting fires
  • Shopping
  • Escorting to appointments

Around 40 per cent of our clients are elderly while the remainder tend to be children and young people who require help with intellectual or sensory, as well as physical conditions.

Despite the varying needs outlined above, most of our clients share a similar criteria in that all require ongoing, long-term support. Here at Bluebird Care we believe this can be far more beneficial than temporary support because it very often allows a special relationship to build up between client and home carer – and which is appreciated by both.

Our team

A management team of eight individuals co-ordinate and ensure the smooth running of care at home services. We currently have well in excess of 100 carers on our books and all have a minimum qualification of FETAC level five.  Many of our staff have in fact provided home care for decades.

Because of the discrepancy in the length of service and experience our carers come with, we feel it’s very important here at Bluebird Care in Donegal and Leitrim to insist on ongoing training for all our staff.

As well as manual handling training and information/guidance on particular conditions such as spinal injuries, dementia etc, our employees are required to complete e-learning modules on a monthly basis. This ensures they are up-to-date with the latest skills and technique in the home care industry.

Why we’re special here at Bluebird Care Donegal & Leitrim

Well, for starters we are the leading provider of Enhanced Homecare in Donegal (this was officially recognised last year at an award ceremony). We not only provide private care at home for individuals in Ireland, but have also won numerous public sector contracts since setting up the company five years ago.

Our success is based on three large selling points

Our staff. The biggest reason Bluebird Care has impressed so many individuals and public sector organizations over our relatively short time in the home care business, is the fact that are staff are extremely caring, enthusiastic and 100 per cent committed to their clients. All staff are employed directly by ourselves meaning we never rely on outside ‘bank’ staff.

Our flexibility. We don’t have a care model that we fit clients into. Rather, the client’s needs come first. That means we will adapt the care and support we provide to accommodate the needs of our client (and not the other way around). Clients have choices when it comes to when they would like their care and from whom (ie the carer should be someone they feel happy with).

Our management. Why our management? Well, unlike many other care providers in Ireland we are a local company. By that we mean we are located in the heart of Letterkenny, where many of our registered nurses and senior staff are already part of the community and familiar to a lot of our clients and their families.

Locations

  • Ardara
  • Ballintra
  • Ballybofey and Stranorlar (The Twin Towns)
  • Ballylifin
  • Ballyshannon
  • Bridgend
  • Ballintra
  • Bunbeg
  • Bruckless
  • Buncrana
  • Bundoran
  • Burnfoot
  • Burtonport
  • Carndonagh
  • Carrigart
  • Churchill
  • Culdaff
  • Donegal Town
  • Doochary
  • Dunfanaghy
  • Dunkineely & St. John’s Point
  • Fintown
  • Glenties
  • Greencastle
  • Killybegs
  • Letterkenny
  • Loughanure
  • Malin Tow
  • Manorcunningham
  • Marble Hill
  • Milford
  • Mountcharles
  • Moville
  • Muff
  • Narin
  • Newtowncunningham
  • Pettigo
  • Port na Blagh
  • Quigley’s Point
  • Ramelton
  • Raphoe
  • Rathmullan
  • Rossnowlagh
  • St. Johnston
  • Stranorlar
  • Teelin
  • Termon

The Team

Marty Kelly
Director of Bluebird Care (Donegal & Leitrim)

Phone: 074 91 29562 / 086 6667717
Email: martinkelly@bluebirdcare.ie

Marty opened Bluebird Care (Donegal & Leitrim) in 2009 as Managing Director. Qualifying as a Registered General Nurse in 1995, Marty worked as a nurse until 2001. He also completed a Higher Diploma in Occupational Health from NUI Galway in 1999. Subsequently Marty set up a company providing health professionals to large construction projects throughout Europe.

Marty says, ‘’Bluebird Care is dedicated to providing comprehensive quality care and support to those in our community.’

Annette Duddy
Care Manager

Annette brings to her role as Care Manager with Bluebird Care Donegal/ Leitrim four years Health Care experience in both clinical and strategic roles.

Annette qualified as a nurse in 2009 and worked in the Sean o Hare Unit as a staff nurse. Annette thoroughly enjoys the variety of her role and the ability to utilise her experience and qualifications.

Annette has been in the role of Care Manager for over four years and has managed all our care staff and has managed a wide array of Home Care cases in that time including:

* Intellectual disability

* Physical and sensory

* Older people services

Moya Callaghan
Care Supervisor

Moya joined the Bluebird Care Team in August 2010. She is a Fetac level 5 Carer with 10 years experience in caring and also is a registered Fetac Level 6 People Handling Instructor.

In her role as care supervisor Moya focuses on supporting and supervising staff while they provide care or support services to our customers, while ensuring care plans are reviewed and updated as required, and that standards are constantly maintained by the care workers and personal assistants.

Emma Sweeney
Office & Accounts Administrator

Emma joined the Bluebird Care Team in April 2012. She holds a Bsc Degree in Business and Accounting and brings her vast experience to the company as a chartered accountant.

Role in Contract: Emma is responsible for all aspects of financing, accounts, auditing and tax returns.

Jennifer Hall
Care Coordinator

Jennifer joined the Bluebird Care team in February 2013. She holds her Degree in Business Administration Management.

Role in Contract: Jennifer manages rosters and timesheets, allocating staff, cover work if staff absent or on holiday and office management.

Catriona Gillespie
Care Coordinator

Catriona joined the Bluebird Care team in November 2013. Catriona holds a degree in Business Studies.

Catriona manages rosters and timesheets, allocating staff, cover work if staff absent or on holiday and office management.

Paul Kelly
Care Coordinator

Paul joined the Bluebird Care team in March 2014. Paul has a Degree in Business Management and also a national diploma in Computing.

Paul manages rosters and timesheets, allocating staff, cover work if staff absent or on holiday and office management.

Bryan McGettigan
Payroll Manager

Bryan started as an intern with Bluebird Care last year and was given responsibility for the company payroll.

He holds an honours degree in accountancy which he completed in Letterkenny Institute of Technology.

He is thoroughly enjoying his role and putting in practice what he learned at college.