Blackthorn Business Park
Contact: Kieran Hallinan
Seeing a family member or friend struggle to the extent that it becomes increasingly difficult for them to manage living independently on their own, can be heartbreaking – as well as stressful, but it needn’t be.
It certainly doesn’t mean they have to go into an institutional or residential nursing care environment. More and more individuals are choosing to receive care at home these days. This makes perfect sense as it allows them to stay within their own communities, in familiar surroundings and at the same time, provides them with a semblance of independence and self-respect.
Here at Bluebird Care North East, our team works with a number of health care professionals, teaming up with public health nurses, doctors and social workers. This means our staff can provide ongoing, regular and sustained care.
Individual needs vary, our staff may pay daily morning visits to help a home care customer with personal care (i.e. washing and dressing) and return in the evenings to help them get to bed. They might also prepare meals for them. For other clients 24 hour care may be the best option. Then again, there are clients who simply look forward to some companionship with a cup of tea and a chat.
What qualifications does our staff have?
We pretty much consider ourselves to have an exceptional care at home team here at Bluebird Care North East and we’re not the only ones. We have a whole list of glowing testimonies from families and those who receive our care throughout the region.
All our staff are fully-qualified with many boasting either a FETAC level 5 certificate or a degree in Social Care. In addition, we believe in on-going training for all our staff in order that they can access the latest research and thinking on particular conditions. We also encourage them to adopt specialisms such as dementia care or caring for disabilities.
What type of care do we provide?
The list of duties we provide for customers includes but is not limited to the following :
- personal care (i.e. help with washing and dressing)
- personal assistant services
- assisting a customer get into or out of bed
- preparing meals
- shopping for groceries
- accompanying clients to appointments (e.g. dentist, doctor etc.)
- helping with light household duties
- going for a walk or other light exercise with a client
- sitting with a younger customer at school
- 24 hour care
What’s the procedure for accessing Bluebird Care’s services?
You can call and speak to a member of staff or email us and make an appointment. We recommend an initial meeting with the individual who requires our care and another family member (if appropriate). This allows us to make an assessment of the type of care we believe that individual needs and at the same time, means he or she can specify what they believe they need.
Once a bespoke care package is put in place we can monitor this as the week’s progress. This way we can tell if it’s working as well as we – and the customer – expect or if we need to alter the support in some way.
Areas we service
- Lough Gowna
- Gyles’ Quay
- Sandpit, County Louth
Phone: 042 937 0990 / 086 0419599
An Occupational Health and Safety professional qualifying in 1999 from NUI Galway, Kieran has worked in this field both in Ireland and overseas for the past 13 years.
Kieran has a strong background in training, management systems development and is a chartered member of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (CMIOSH).
Kieran says: We have an exceptional team here at Bluebird Care that together with our focus on the quality of care provided makes a real difference to the lives of so many people within the community.”
Phone: 074 91 29562 / 086 6667717
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.’
Tina Onyszko brings to her role as Care Manager with Bluebird Care North East 26 years Health Care experience in both clinical and strategic roles.
Moving to the UK in 1987 to train as a nurse, Tina was delighted to return home after 20 years bringing with her extensive experience in many different aspects of Clinical Management. Tina has worked in community practice, strategic Health Authorities as well as with major clinical IT projects in the south of England.
Describing her role with Bluebird Care Tina says, “I am passionate about customers receiving the highest standard of care we can provide and Bluebird Care’s standards fit with my own. It is great to be part of a team where you can see your efforts making a difference”.
Catriona Ward joined the Bluebird Care team in 2014. After completing an ECDL course Catriona moved on to do a one-year office administrator traineeship which gave her the opportunity to gain MOS qualifications (Microsoft Office Specialist).
Enjoying the challenges of her new role Catriona says, “I very much enjoy dealing with all our customers and staff on a day to day basis. I feel that I have gained an important perspective for the role. Catriona also liaises closely with our Supervision team ensuring that supervision rosters are up to date, staff files are complete and that our bespoke Care Plans change with the needs of our customers.”
Maria joined the Bluebird Care Team in 2011. Maria trained as an SEN in the UK and is also qualified in Swedish massage, Indian head Massage and Reiki. Maria is also the manual handling instructor for the care team in the northeast.
In her role as care supervisor Maria 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.
Describing her role with Bluebird Care Maria says, ‘’I hope that in the work we do that I can help to make a difference in our customers lives for the better.’’
Siobhan joined the Bluebird Care Team in December 2014. Siobhan is an RGN with 30 years’ experience. Siobhan’s specialization is in care of people with Dementia, particularly Alzheimer’s disease.
In her role as care supervisor Siobhan 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.
Describing her role with Bluebird Care Siobhan says, ‘’I believes that home care in the community is the way forward in health care and I am delighted to be part of that experience’’.