Croí & Bluebird Care, Patient Education Partnership

Education at the heart of stroke and heart disease prevention

Bluebird Care Supports Croí

The efforts of heart and stroke charity Croí in preventing death or disability from heart attack and stroke have received a welcome boost this week by way of a generous donation from local home care company Bluebird Care who have become a Croí Patient Education Partner for the coming year. The partnership aims to prevent heart attacks and strokes in the West of Ireland through patient education and awareness initiatives which will educate people on the risk factors for heart disease and stroke and signpost them to a healthier and longer life.

Managing Director of Bluebird Care in Galway, Sean Lyons says that losing his father to a heart attack at a young age gives him a greater appreciation for the work of Croí.

“I believe that if Croí was around when my father suffered his heart attack, he might probably be alive today. The services provided by the charity are invaluable not just in terms of after-care but also in terms of preventive education. The patient education programmes and activities which are being invested in by Bluebird Care aim to save lives and we are very proud to be part of it.”

Speaking at a reception in the Croí Heart & Stroke Centre, Croí CEO Neil Johnson said “support from local companies like Bluebird Care is vital for the continuation of our work as we rely totally on sponsorship partnerships such as this. We are delighted to receive this very welcome support from Bluebird Care whose work has synergies with the key messages we are trying to convey to those living with heart disease or stroke” 

Johnson went on to say that “the work being undertaken at the Croí Heart & Stroke Centre aimed at risk factor reduction and supporting lifestyle and behaviour change is yielding measurable health benefits. The results being achieved have been independently verified as improving cardiovascular health and wellbeing with the added benefit of being cost saving to the health service”

Croí & Bluebird Care - Stroke and heart disease prevention

Signing of 2017 Croí & Bluebird Care, Patient Education Partnership: Neil Johnson, CEO, Croí
Sean Lyons, Managing Director, Bluebird Care
Joe Kavanagh, Corporate Relations, Croí

Galway man Malachy Matthews who has taken part in one of Croí’s education programmes says it has ‘transformed’ his life. Malachy who had a mini stroke says it could be explained by a lifetime of not looking after himself that just caught up with him.

“I had effectively been loading my gun for many years, smoking, drinking and eating what I wanted without taking regular exercise and that day, my luck ran out. Attending Croí’s MyAction programme was life-changing, just as life-changing as the day I had my stroke.

“They re-calibrated my thinking about my own health and lifestyle, they educated me, but most of all they empowered me. I got great advice and help from a medical nurse, dietician and physiotherapist and they looked at all aspects of my loaded gun. I cannot thank them enough.”

Watch Malachy Matthew’s story

Watch Croí & Bluebird Care collaborate

Wishing Good Luck to “Beaumont Brawn”

We would like to wish a huge good luck to “Beaumont Brawn” from all the staff at Bluebird Care Dublin North.

Bluebird Care Dublin North are delighted to sponsor “Beaumont Brawn” in this summer’s IRFU Tag Competition, at Malahide RFC. The team is made of up staff from Beaumont Hospital along with a couple of members of Malahide RFC.

View the pictures from their training session here:

 

 

FREE Cookery Demo with TV3’s ‘The Restaurant’ Celebrity Chef in Drogheda

Chef Gary O’Hanlon kicks off nationwide series of cookery demos in the D Hotel on Monday 9th March. Book your free place now.

Gary penned our cookbook which last month was named charity cookbook of the year in Ireland and which will now go forward to the world Gourmand Cookbook Awards in June in China.

FFTS Demo Promo Image

Join Celebrity Chef from TV3’s The Restaurant and author of our cookbook Food for the Soul at the first in our nationwide series of cookery demos for 2015.

Watch the video of Gary talking about the cookbook.

 

Kieran Hallinan, Director of Bluebird Care North East says the event brings together people who love food, love to cook and who want to learn from the best. We are delighted to host this free event in Drogheda and I would like to extend an invitation to all members of the community and from the public, private and community and voluntary sectors to come along. Previous cookery demos in Limerick and Wexford have seen over 100 people attend.”

Places are allocated on a first come first served basis and Gary will be signing copies of Food for the Soul on the night.

Register for the event here.

Bluebird Care Kerry/West Cork Takes Flight

The team at Bluebird Care in Kerry will take flight in a charity skydive on Saturday the 13th of June in aid of Ian’s Trust and the Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland.

Office Administrator, Carly O’Donovan, Office Manager, Trish Kavanagh and Care Supervisor, Brandy Frizuki will be taking on the charity challenge.

Kerry:West Cork Charity Skydive

Carly O’Donovan says, “Doing a charity skydive has been on my bucket list for some time. We are all too often reminded of how short our time is and I figured if I don’t start crossing things off my list in the hope of having great, unforgettable, fun moments, I would end up regretting the things I was never brave enough to try.”

The challenge has been extended to all Bluebird Care Offices across Ireland. Money raised will go to two charities. Firstly Ian’s Trust a wonderful charity who support families with children who have suffered an Acquired Brain Injury. The second is The Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland, a national charity who work across the country providing dementia specific services and supports and advocating for the rights and needs of all people living with dementia.

The jump will take place in Kilkenny on Saturday the 13th of June.

To make a donation you can send a draft/cheque form payable to either of the named charities. Send donations to Fairies Cross Medical Centre, Clounalour, Oak Park, Tralee, Co. Kerry.