Award winning National Finalist Bluebird Care Clare

Award winning Bluebird Care Clare was a National Finalist in the National QMark Awards for Quality Management Systems.
Their nomination for the second year in a row has put them on top of all audits completed  by the Excellence Ireland Quality Association in Ireland.
The Bluebird Care National Group also scooped the overall Business Group of the Year. Known as the Oscars of Business Excellence the QMark is the highest accolade an Irish business can achieve. It is the fourth time the group has won the accolade and the third year in a row.
At the awards in the Clayton Hotel, Dublin  Kay Leahy says” I am extremely honoured and proud, given both the intense competition and the exacting standards required. It has been made possible by the committed, dedicated and hardworking staff in County Clare. So thank you all”.
Pictured are Soraid McEntee from the EIQA and Kay Leahy Managing Director Bluebird Care Clare

Bluebird Care Galway Takes the Gold for the Third Time!  

It’s official! Bluebird Care Galway, has just been named as the Best Homecare Provider in Ireland for Quality Management Systems at this year’s National Q Mark Awards.

Hailed as “The Champions of Business Excellence”, the team from Bluebird Care Galway were beaming with pride as they were called to the stage to receive the winner’s award during a thrilling ceremony held in the Clayton Hotel Burlington Road Dublin.

The Q Mark Awards are forever associated with Quality and Excellence in the minds of Irish consumers and it is the only system which allows businesses monitor 100% of their processes and procedures 100% of the time. Winning this award has shown that the team in Bluebird Care Galway truly care about their customers and are willing to go the extra mile to ensure that it achieves the highest possible standards at all times.

Bluebird Care Galway was established in October 2008 and is owned and operated by Sean & Eileen Lyons and Carolyn Corless. Employing 145 staff and caring for more than 600 people in their own homes, they have been in the Q Mark since 2012.

As they left the stage, Sean Lyons (Managing Director) said “To be a recipient of a National Q Mark Award is a tremendous achievement. I think it is most important for our customers who are once again reminded that they have chosen a homecare provider that puts them at the heart of their business. We will continue to monitor best practice and partnering with EIQA will continue to improve ourselves“.

Carolyn Corless (General Manager) said; “I am thrilled to have received this prestigious award for the third time, it is a testimony to the collective efforts of the whole team at Bluebird Care Galway who work tirelessly every day providing Q Mark certified Homecare thus enabling hundreds of people to live at home for all of their lives.”

To further demonstrate their commitment to providing the very highest Standards of Homecare Bluebird Care Galway operate to both HIQA’s “National Standards for Safer Better Healthcare 2012” and to ISO9001 the international Quality Standard. 

Bluebird Care Galway is part of the Bluebird Care network of Homecare providers who also won the EIQA “Business Group of the Year” award at the same event making it a double celebration for Bluebird Care which demonstrates that high standards are the very heart of everything we do across the country.

Photo from L to R: Kasia Klimczak Bluebird Care Galway, Martina Molloy Bluebird Care Galway, Mags McGrath, Irene Collins EIQA,  Carolyn Corless Bluebird Care Galway, Sean Lyons Bluebird Care Galway, Carol Kennedy Bluebird Care Galway.

 Media Contact:

Sean Lyons        
Bluebird Care Galway
Tel: 091 4 800 48

Mob: 087 20 50 686

World Alzheimers Day 2017

On #WORLDALZHEIMERSDAY we look at the latest statistics and what can be done to help people with Alzheimers.

A global report has suggested that Dementia cases are set to treble in Ireland by 2041. There are currently 42,000 people living with the disease here. But that is set to increase to 140,000 cases in less than 30 years.

Alzheimer’s Disease International says 44 million people live with the disease globally, but that figure will increase to 135 million by 2050. (source, BBC news).

Globally, dementia is one of the biggest challenges we face, with nearly 50 million people living with dementia worldwide. 

Caring for a person with dementia can be very demanding but Bluebird Care can help you to support your loved one by offering advice, guidance and support, assessing and then developing a person centred support plan which is implemented by experienced staff. Support can be on a regular basis or short term to provide a break for family members and carers.

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia. The word dementia describes a set of symptoms that can include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language. These symptoms occur when the brain is damaged by certain diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease

Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease. This means that gradually, over time, more parts of the brain are damaged. As this happens, more symptoms develop. They also become more severe.

But dementia is no longer the taboo topic it once was. People are talking more frankly about living with dementia than ever before. That’s thanks in part to the power of social media.

Everyday tasks such as washing and dressing can be difficult and cause stress and anxiety for the person. This is where our staff can help by working with them in a respectful and dignified manner. Washing and toileting is something most of us have done in private since childhood so the lack of privacy and self-consciousness is easy to understand. Staff are trained to encourage independence and offer choices whilst respecting privacy and maintaining safety.

Maintaining a healthy and nutritious diet is important and very often a person with dementia loses interest in food which will affect their over-all health and well- being. Bluebird Care staff can assist in preparing a nutritious meal and present it in a manner that looks appealing.

Bluebird Care staff can provide companionship and encourage activities which people have previously enjoyed such as gardening, walking or even swimming.

Challenging or unusual behaviour can be confusing and difficult to deal with. Staff at Bluebird Care can help you by advising on how to manage this by working with you to identify what may be causing the behaviour of your loved one and finding ways to overcome the problem so that the situation can become more manageable.


Recruitment Open Day at Bluebird Care Wexford

Home care provider Bluebird Care Wexford to hold recruitment open-day

Recruitment campaign underway for leading homecare provider

Bluebird Care, is proud to announce that over the coming months it will create 20 new jobs throughout County Wexford. To promote the creation of these new roles Bluebird Care in will host a local recruitment open-day.   

This recruitment open-day will take place in Bluebird Care’s offices in 19 Trinity Street, Wexford on Thursday 28th September between 10am and 4pm.

Bluebird Care delivers care to individuals, with very diverse needs, within the home and in the wider local community and are seeking Care Workers who will follow Bluebird Care’s ethos of placing the person that they are caring for and supporting at the heart and centre of every interaction and to provide this care and support with kindness, compassion, consideration and respect.

Quality and safety is at the core of Bluebird Care’ work. Bluebird Care Wexford possesses the Q Mark for Quality and was recently nominated for a National Q-Mark award.

Michael Corcoran from Bluebird Care said “We are very pleased to announce that we are recruiting a number of additional staff in the coming months. This will allow us to increase our capacity and enable us to continue to provide the highest standard of care that we pride ourselves on. We encourage anyone who may have an interest in working in the care sector to come along to our open day to have a chat to our team about the work we do in Bluebird Care.”