More Q Mark’s for Bluebird Care

We are delighted to announce that a number of our offices have beeen awarded the Q Mark of Quality from the EIQA (Excellence Ireland Quality Association).

The news comes on the back of similar awards in late 2012.  Congratulations to all involved and we will share full details with you shortly.

 

 

‘Safe at Home’ Security Seminars Launched

‘Safe at Home’ Security Seminars Launched

Nationwide Series of Events Kick-Off in Donegal

 

A nationwide series of security seminars hosted by Bluebird Care will launch in Donegal later this month.

Organised in response to a growing fear among older people about security at home, the events are free and open to the public.

Over the next 12 months a total of 18 seminars will take place in 18 counties around the country attended by local Community Policing members of An Garda Síochána, security consultants and community representatives.

Eddie O’Toole, Operations Director of Bluebird Care says, “There has been a 60% increase in calls to Senior Line – a freephone line for older people – worried about security at home.  And this is also reflected in our own network as we hear anecdotal evidence from the thousands of older people that we work with on a daily basis.  We are inviting members of local communities, neighbourhood watch schemes, residents associations and other interested groups along.”

Marty Kelly, Director of Bluebird Care Donegal says, there is a responsibility on all of us to take a ‘community approach’ in terms of being aware of older people living around us. “This first security seminar in Donegal comes on the back on a dangerous spate of burglaries targeting older people in their homes and marks a very worrying time for them. We have already seen an increase in calls from family members for overnight care for their parent/s who may live alone.”

The security seminar takes place at 7:30pm on Thursday 28th February in the Station House Hotel, Letterkenny.

For more information contact Marty Kelly, Bluebird Care Donegal on 074-9129562 or email donegal@bluebirdcare.ie.

“All Sorts” of Treats for Limericks’ Elderly

“It takes All Sorts to Make a Society” Jack Fitzgerald and Pauline O’Malley, residents from Roseville Nursing Home in Limerick City launching the “All Sorts” event taking place in LIT on 21st February hosted by students of the Applied Event Management Course in. Also picutured are event managers Joanne O’Meara and Aoife Daly. Photo by Denis Vahey

LIT Students Demonstrate Social Responsibility

Plans are well advanced for a day of ballroom dancing, traditional music and reminiscing over pots of tea at Limerick Institute of Technology sponsored by Bluebird Care Limerick. Applied Event Management students will host an event for the elderly of Limerick City demonstrating a great sense of social responsibility on 21st of February.

Joanne O’Meara of the Applied Event Management course says, “Older people who are living in care are invited for an afternoon of entertainment to demonstrate that we as a community appreciate them, and their contribution to Limerick City, over the years.”

The title “All Sorts” was chosen by the event team as it highlighted each person’s unique journey through life. It also ties in with the memories of the famous sweets which in a quirky twist, will also be incorporated into the theme on the day.

The event team is made up of  Joanne O’Meara, Aoife Daly, Rachel Leahy, Rachel O’Connell and Anna Kowalska.

Joanne says, “Limerick Institute of Technology was chosen as the venue for this event as it offers the chance to combine the characters of the future with the characters of the past.”

The event is non-profit and kindly sponsored by Bluebird Care. Operations Director Eddie O’Toole says, “we are really impressed by the deliver the level of care demonstrated by this team of students.  We are delighted to be on board to highlight the contribution of older people in our communities.”

The occasion is also sponsored by Masterchefs Hospitality who continue to generously support local projects. Pat and the team are “renowned for exquisite cuisine and polished service.”

The event offers those who cannot afford many senior citizen activities, a chance to socialise in the community.  The Event Management students say the event is designed to brighten up the “dark days of winter generating spring-time smiles”.

The vision of the students is to inspire and encourage others to come on board in creating awareness of the importance of older people in society.

“All Sorts” takes place on Thursday 21st February from 2.30-5.30 in the Aula Maxima at Limerick Institute of Technology. For more information contact Joanne O’Meara on 087-1257676 or email allsorts2013@gmail.com. 

Hang off Ireland’s Tallest Hotel – For Charity!

Afraid of heights, get dizzy at the thought of looking down or do you love to feel the fear and do it anyway? Well why not challenge yourself or a friend to a charity event with a difference? Pictured at last year’s abseil is Managing Director of Bluebird Care, Brian MacGoey who took on the challenge for Age Action.

Age Action in association with Bluebird Care are encouraging dare-devils to abseil down Ireland’s tallest hotel  – the 17-srtorey Clarion Hotel – on 27th April.

Last year a number of Bluebird Care team members did just that and raised almost €5,000 for Age Action.

So why don’t you gather your friends, family members and/or work colleagues for a Saturday with a difference?

Log onto ageaction.ie and download an application form now. Or download it here.

If you would like further information please contact abseil organiser Mark Duggan on 01-4756989 or by email at: markd@ageaction.ie