Bluebird Care Waterford & Kilkenny Disability Awareness Training

Care Staff in Bluebird Care Waterford & Kilkenny have recently completed Disability Awareness Training and feedback has been very positive.  The Disability Awareness Workshops were conducted by Disability Consultancy Services a highly regarded training company in the area of Disability Training and the training was also supported by FAS.

The training covered a wide range of areas and Evaluation forms clearly show Care staff thoroughly enjoyed the workshop and felt it would be very beneficial in their daily working lives.

Brian Egan, Managing Director of Bluebird Care Waterford & Kilkenny said, “This Disability Awareness Training forms part of the overall Bluebird Care training programme which is a key focus area in Bluebird Care”. Brian added that having fully trained, competent, confident and garda vetted care staff is so important to ensure that the highest quality standards of Care are delivered on a consistent basis and this is something that all Bluebird Care offices are committed to. ” We are delighted to have a very strong team of experienced Care Workers and this is down to a very thorough screening process, our detailed staff files and our focus on training and continuous upskilling”.

Bluebird Care Waterford/Kilkenny can be contacted on 051 898 111 or 056 780 6054.

Harney faces questions about home care regulation

Cork Examiner, Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Health Minister Mary Harney was facing calls today to explain the lack of regulation of companies caring for older people in their home and the shocking treatment some of their staff engage in.

A damning four-month ‘Prime Time’ investigation uncovered appalling abuse of the sick and infirm by a number of private companies, including apparent force feeding, theft and an absence of vetting of workers.

Healthcare organisations and rights campaigners have demanded statutory regulation and standards to protect thousands of vulnerable older people.

Sinn Féin Dáil leader Caoimhghin O Caolain said the Minister has questions to answer.

“These appalling revelations demand immediate answers and immediate action from the Minister for Health and Children,” he said.

“I will be raising this scandal in the Dáil and be calling for a special debate and real assurance to older people that they will not be prey to those whose only motive is greed and profit, a situation brought about by the Government’s policy of privatising health and social services.”

The Health Service Executive is to review the care provided to 65,000 older people in their own homes after the scandal was exposed.

The Home Care Association, which represents 50 private home care providers, said it agrees statutory regulation of the sector is badly needed.

The shocking extent of abuse was uncovered by RTÉ’s ‘Prime Time’ after an undercover investigation lasting four months. It exposed a lack of proper training, an older person given medicine by an unqualified carer, one person being force fed and another left to lie in a soiled bed.

Jan O’Sullivan, Labour’s health spokeswoman, said: “I was horrified with what I saw, and my heart goes out to those people who we witnessed suffering degradation, humiliation and abuse at the hands of these so-called care providers.”

She said problems in home care were a direct result of policies introduced by Mary Harney.

“In particular, her twin-track of approach of privatisation of services on the one hand and the moratorium on recruitment in the HSE on the other has created a situation where the HSE is simply not in a position to meet the demands that are being placed on them,” she said.

“And where the slack has to be taken up by a sector that is completely unregulated; where workers are not vetted; and where there are no codes of conduct.

“It is clear that we need statutory regulation of this sector as a matter of urgency.”

An HSE report last summer showed 1,870 allegations of abuse made by elderly people in 2009 – an increase of 30 cases on the previous year.

Age Action disputes those figures and warned that the real figure was anywhere between 14,000 and 24,000 instances of abuse against older people at some stage in their later years.

Eddie O’Toole, operations director of leading care company Bluebird Care, said the welfare of thousands of older people was being compromised by the continued lack of regulation.

“Ireland is at a crossroads in the way we, as a society, care for our older people,” Mr O’Toole said.

Bluebird Care has 14 offices across Ireland providing care to hundreds of people in their homes.

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Home Care Association – Prime Time Investigates

The Home Care Association, a group representing 50 private home care providers to elderly people across the country has said it agrees with the central conclusion of last night’s Prime Time Investigates programme that statutory regulation of the sector is badly needed.

The programme, broadcast on RTÉ One last night, followed a four-month undercover investigation which found evidence of appalling standards by a number of home care providers.

In a statement, the Home Care Association said it has been calling for such regulation for many years, and emphasised that none of its members were the subject of the programme.

Charity group Age Action said the documentary highlights the urgent need for regulation of the home help service.

The Health Service Executive said it is to review standards of care provided to 65,000 older people who are looked after in their own homes.

Bluebird Care are a member of the Home Care Association (