Bluebird Care Carlow, Kilkenny & Waterford Palliative Care and MS Training and Information Day

Care staff from the local Carlow, Kilkenny and Waterford Bluebird Care office recently took part in a very interesting training and awareness day on Palliative Care and Multiple Sclerosis.

The Palliative Care training was given by Bernie Brophy from the local Carlow/Kilkenny HomeCare Team. Carers found the presentation very beneficial with everyone keen to learn more about this important area. The afternoon session was hosted by the MS Society with a detailed and interesting presentation on MS and some guidance on how to Care for people with MS.

Brian Egan Managing Director of the local Bluebird Care office said that there was great feedback from everyone about the training. This forms part of the varied Bluebird Care Carlow, Kilkenny and Waterford training programme. Aside from the mandatory Induction & Orientation workshop and Manual Handling and Patient Moving Training the local office has held training workshops in the following areas over the last year : Dementia & Alzheimer’s Care, Disability Awareness, Parkinson’s, Motor Neurones and now Palliative Care and Multiple Sclerosis.

On a national basis Bluebird Care are currently looking at rolling out new training initiatives for Carers throughout the country as training continues to provide a key focus for Bluebird Care as all offices continue to deliver a high standard of Care for people of all ages and needs in their own homes and in the community.

Bluebird Care are a leading Home Care provider with offices throughout Ireland providing Care on a private basis and as a preferred provider for the HSE. Flexible Care visits are provided from hourly care to 24/7 Live In Care with an individualised Care Plan completed for each client.


Disability Awareness & Mental Health Training in Kilkenny and Waterford

Bluebird Care’s recent Training workshops in Kilkenny and Waterford covering Disability Awarenss and Mental Health received excellent feedback from all Care Staff who attended. Brian Egan Managing Director said ‘we ran these training sessions last year and felt it made sense to run them again as part of our continuous training program. The training was done by Disability Consultancy Services and all the topics covered should hopefully be of benefit to the carers in their work’
Brian added ‘ we are now already planning our next training which will cover important areas such as Palliative Care, further training on Elder Abuse and an overview on record keeping and Documentation’
We are providing care for people of all ages and with a range of different needs throughout Carlow, Kilkenny and Waterford so having experienced and trained care staff is so important’.

Bluebird Care (Kerry/West Cork)

We at Bluebird Care are delighted to announce the opening of the Kerry/West Cork office from the 1st of August 2010. The offices are located at 22 Denny Street, Tralee, Co. Kerry with Principal being Mr. Marc de Courcy.  Marc, along with his team, is presently involved in recruiting and implementing the robust induction home care training that all Bluebird Care staff must undertake successfully, prior to commencing work.

Home help cuts criticised – Friday, May 7, 2010


Advocacy group Age Action Ireland has called for an urgent review of HSE draft guidelines which propose to severely restrict home help services.The proposals state carers will able to spend no more than 10 minutes getting older people up and dressed in the morning and 15 minutes assisting them showering. They are designed to cut down on the cost of home-help services.

Under the plan, now in draft form, the number of home help hours a patient will be entitled to will also be cut to a maximum of 7.5 a week, which can only be availed of Monday to Friday during office hours. The service would be restricted to medical card holders and home helps would be restricted to providing personal care for clients rather than also helping with house cleaning.Age Action said such reductions would see the service fall short of what was needed by older people dependend on it if they chose to remain living in their own homes. “If the service is inadequately resourced, and is then restructured to operate without sufficient funding and personnel, it will result in a service which poses a threat to the well being of the very people it sets out to protect,” spokesman Eamonn Timmins said.

Delegates attending the annual conference of the Irish Nurses and Midwives’ Organisation in Trim yesterday condemned the move.