Here at Bluebird Care in Laois and Offaly we are pleased to be able to provide a range of home care services to allow individuals an alternative to institutional care. Thanks to our qualified, skilled and caring team of staff it is possible for individuals to remain living happily in their own communities, in close reach of family and friends. That way they can retain their much-valued independence and, at the same time, end up flourishing in the surroundings which they find familiar and comforting.
But it’s not only an elderly population that we take pride in looking after. Our team also provide care at home for children, young people and adults with a list of physical and psychological conditions. As you would expect these are varied and range from spinal injuries and cerebral palsy to severe mental illness.
Who you’ll find working for us
You will find we are extremely choosy about who joins our team at Bluebird Care in Laois and Offaly. We diligently ensure all our staff are fully qualified in their particular field. They include care workers, occupational therapists and state registered nurses.
But it’s not only paper qualifications that tell us we have the right member of staff sitting in front of us during an interview. That’s because an outgoing, friendly personality and caring, compassionate nature are just as important attributes to bring to a caring role, we believe. Because of their affectionate nature we often find our staff end up becoming close friends with those they look after. This doesn’t just make the job far more pleasant for staff, but it also means our clients look forward to their visit from us and, for some individuals, the chat they have with their care provider can prove to be the highlight of their day.
Services we provide
All our services and care packages are tailor-made to suit the individual client concerned. In fact, here at Bluebird Care we pride ourselves on our individual customised packages. We would never impose a ‘typical’ care package on any client but prefer to let the client’s needs dictate the service they receive. At present we provide the following (although please note the list is not exhaustive and there is plenty of variety within individual services):
- Help with prepping meals, cooking and washing up
- Overnight supervision
- Rehabilitation activities – from
- Help with laundry/ironing
- Accompanying a client when shopping and attending appointments
- Gentle housework and fetching groceries
- Encouraging exercise through walking or swimming
- Full range of care for the elderly, including dementia support
Who do we work alongside?
As you would expect, many of our clients receive input from a number of health professionals such as social workers, nursing staff, doctors and family members. It is important therefore to ensure care is co-ordinated and delivered as efficiently and effectively as possible in order to avoid confusion and any gaps in service developing.
How we decide whether Bluebird Care is right for you
After you – or your family – contact us, one of our team will arrange to come out for a chat in your family member’s home. This allows us see how you operate in your home environment and affords us an opportunity to complete an assessment of your needs from scratch. It’s from this assessment that we will decide on your initial care needs from us. After that we will review your provision on a regular basis to make sure you are happy with it and because, in the majority of cases, an individual’s needs will change over time.
Areas we service
- Laois / Offaly
- Clara Cloghan
Caoimhin has sixteen years experience of General Management with Boart Longyear (BLY), a $2 Billion global company, the leading provider of mineral exploration drilling services and drilling products in the world.
Caoimhin joined BLY as a graduate from the University of Limerick as a Research Engineer. He was based in the U.S. for ten years and held various Management Roles in Operations, Plant and Product Management as well as Sales and Marketing Manager in Canada.
Caoimhin returned to Ireland in 2008 upon completion of his MBA from the University of Utah. He has been consulting to startup companies since 2008 until he joined Bluebird Care in February 2012. Caoimhin is Owner and Director of the Bluebird Care Laois/Offaly and Kildare territories.
“Bluebird Care impressed me from the word go. The strong network of offices along with the fantastic head office support and the calibre of my fellow franchisees made it a very easy decision for me. I am delighted to be part of this organisation bringing the very best of Care to the people of Kildare, Laois and Offaly. It really is a very satisfying role.”
Aine Condon, RNID
Aine is a qualified Nurse (RNID) with extensive experience in Care, both in the private, and public sector. Aine worked in the Community for the HSE and the Muiriosa Foundation and has substantial experience in delivery of Care and Management in residential settings.
Aine joined the Bluebird Care Team in November 2014 and enjoys her role in managing the Care team; recruiting and training staff, undertaking customer assessments, assisting in the day-to-day running of the offices, and communicating with customers and other healthcare professionals.
Aine is the key point of contact for the HSE in particular the Directors of Public Health Nursing.
Aine leads the Bluebird Care team in striving to achieve the highest standards of Care on a daily basis.
Danielle Egan, RNID
Danielle specialised in the area of Intellectual Disabilities. She undertook her B.Sc. in Intellectual Disability Nursing at University of Limerick, graduating in 2009. Danielle worked as a Care Worker in various Nursing Homes previous to undertaking her degree. Danielle was appointed Care Supervisor with responsibility for Staff Recruitment, Supervisions and Care Planning. Danielle is involved in setting up Care Packages, Risk Assessments, Quality checks and Staff Reviews.
Caroline joined Bluebird Care Laois/Offaly as Care Coordinator in January 2016.
Caroline has vast experience in the Care and Hospitality sectors in supervisory roles.
As Care Coordinator, Caroline is responsible for recruitment, staff rosters, allocating staff, cover work if staff are absent or on holiday, and general office management.