Dementia Awareness Training for Frontline Staff in association with Bluebird Care and the DCU Dementia Elevator Team

In Ireland, it is currently estimated that 42,000 people have some form of dementia, and these figures are likely to increase dramatically to between 65,000 and 140,000 over the next 30 years. Dementia can affect all of us. There may be people in your family/community living with dementia that you are unaware of and in need of your support.

With this in mind, Wexford Chamber have teamed up with Bluebird Care Wexford and the DCU Dementia Elevator team to bring you to Dementia Awareness Training for frontline staff, which aims to enable customer facing staff to recognise the emotions, goals and coping strategies of the person with dementia.

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Date:                       Wednesday 6th April 2016

Time:                      Registration from 6pm; Presentation commences at 6.30pm sharp

Venue:                    Wexford Chamber, Hill Street, Wexford

Fee:                         Attendance is FREE

Who Should Attend?

While primarily focused around the retail environment and employees dealing with the general public, the content of this programme is also widely applicable to families of a person with dementia and in general will be very beneficial to anyone who wishes to learn more about dementia.


  • To develop familiarity and raise awareness of dementia
  • Break down the stigma associated with Dementia
  • Encourage employees to support people with dementia in their community
  • Equip customer facing staff, whether a local shop or a large multiple organisation, with the skills to support and engage appropriately with customers with dementia.


On completion of this training programme, participants will be able to:

  • Recognise when a customer may have dementia
  • Identify common challenges a person with dementia may encounter in retail/public situations
  • Consider a range of options for supporting the person when faced with these challenges
  • Identify ways of improving the retail environment to become more dementia friendly.

Who are Bluebird Care?

Bluebird Care provide HSE approved Home Care services throughout County Wexford to people of all ages and all abilities so that they can live independently at home and in their community.  A national organisation with 26 offices nationwide and over 1,500 employees, Bluebird Care provides care and support to older people, people with physical disabilities people with intellectual disabilities as well as care for children for the HSE and for the private marketplace.

What is Dementia Elevator?

Dementia Elevator is an education and empowerment programme to help individuals, community services and health care services engage with and support people affected by dementia. The project is a partnership between Dublin City University and the HSE.
Pre-booking is essential as places are limited.  To book a place, please contact Wexford Chamber on 053 9122226 or email Josephine Dunlop at

Mary Kennedy launches 2016 edition of the Irish Pensioners Handbook

Free Guide for Older People and Carers Launched

“This is a great resource and not simply for older people. Every household should have a copy,” says RTÉ’s Mary Kennedy at the launch of the 2016 edition of the Irish Pensioners Handbook published by homecare company Bluebird Care.

The free publication, which comprises 266 pages of helpful hints, tips, articles and local directories for older people andcarers, is now available from local Bluebird Care offices nationwide.

“While we live in a digital world, there’s nothing better than having a book at hand which covers so much from a directory of local services to advice on finance, legal matters, home security, homecare and even recipes from the Food For The Soul cookbook. Practical information in one place is invaluable for older people and carers. I’m in the business of communications so I can understand why this book is so popular,” says Mary Kennedy.

The handbook also contains a comprehensive county-by-county directory of hospitals, local authorities, support groups, charities and state agencies as well as expert articles on matters from wills to investing money, caring for a loved one and staying fit and healthy in older age.

Eddie O’Toole, Operations Director with Bluebird Care says their 26 offices nationwide had a waiting list of people and organisations that ordered copies of the book before its launch.

“The Irish Pensioners Handbook is hugely popular and feedback so far has been extremely positive. We have uploaded the electronic version on our website so it’s there at the touch of a button. We have printed 20,000 copies and we are inviting members of the public to call to their local Bluebird Care office to pick up their free copy. The articles we commissioned are based on the information older people and carers are looking for from our staff, so we decided to ask a number of medical, financial and health experts to contribute to it.”

The Handbook can be viewed online at You can also pick up your hard copy from your local Bluebird Careoffice nationwide or call Bluebird Care on 0818 227 052 or email Find your local Bluebird Care office by logging onto

Bluebird Care Wexford to Attend South East Region Jobs Fair

Bluebird Care Wexford will be attending the South East Region Jobs Fair, 15th of March 2016.

The event is a great opportunity for employers recruiting among skills shortages in Ireland or those who feel that the prospective candidates may be out of their local reach.

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What’s happening?

The South East Region Jobs Fair, organised by the Department of Social Protection/ EURES Ireland will also take place virtually on the event’s website created on the European portal: (financed by the European Commission).

Through the website and its interactive elements, jobseekers will be able to apply for jobs, make contact with you and book job interviews. EURES Ireland can assist you with pre-selection of candidates and interviews scheduling if required. On the day of the event a dedicated person from your company can chat with jobseekers in Europe using Netop Live Guide available through the website or any other software (e.g. Skype, video conferencing) preferred by you.

Who will be attending?

The event will be widely advertised in Europe. We can target any jobseekers in EU/EEA countries depending on your jobs and skills requirements. We will use social media platforms and online advertising to promote the event in other countries. The European Commission/ EURES will also be advertising the event on the European level.


Read The 2016 Irish Pensioners Handbook Online

We are delighted to share the 2016 edition of the Irish Pensioners Handbook with you. Simply click on the handbook image below to start reading. If you want your FREE hard copy of the handbook please contact your local Bluebird Care office.