National Q Mark Award Nomination for Bluebird Care Meath

Quality homecare standards recognised by EIQA

Bluebird Care Meath has been shortlisted for the 2015 national Q Mark Awards for best homecare company. Organised by Excellence Ireland Quality Association (EIQA), the awards celebrate the drive, commitment and achievements of all nominated companies, committed to quality on the island of Ireland.

Meath Q Mark Nomination 2015

Director of Operations for Bluebird Care Ireland, Eddie O’Toole says, “We are delighted that the hard work and commitment of Gavin Kane, JJ Fay and their entire team is being recognised by EIQA. The fundamental ethos of our business is to provide quality homecare to people of all ages and varying degrees of ability ensuring they remain independent at home and in their community.”

Gavin Kane, co-Director of Bluebird Care Meath says the nomination is a team effort. “We are thrilled with this nomination, the second in as many years. The drive and motivation of our team to continually improve and achieve greater standards is what warrants an accolade such as this. We look forward to representing the team at the national awards in a few months.”

Bluebird Care is the first franchised homecare company in Ireland to have all its offices certified with the Q Mark for Quality. We have 20 offices in 24 counties. Find your local Bluebird Care office here.

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Anne Marie’s Story of Independent Living

“I never thought I’d ever be able to live on my own. This is a dream come true.” – Anne Marie

In the summer of 2013 Anne Marie Curnyn from Co. Meath realised a life-long dream and that was to live on her own, in her own home. With the support of Bluebird Care and the HSE a package of supports was put in place and on 8th July 2013, Anne Marie’s dream became a reality.

Anne Marie has a learning disability and previous to living on her own, lived with her parents, however she desperately wanted to make her own choices in life. In this video she tells her heart-warming story of how that dream came true and the impact it has had on her.

We also hear from JJ Fay, Director of Bluebird Care in Meath who was instrumental in organising her initial move to independent living and now JJ’s team supports Anne Marie in her new life.

Disability Seminars to Debate Hard Hitting Issues

Newstalk’s Bobby Kerr to chair free seminars hosted by Bluebird Care

Newstalk’s Bobby Kerr will chair a series of disability-themed seminars addressing issues affecting people with disabilities in Ireland today.

“Equality for All. No Matter of Age or Ability” will be held in Navan on Thursday 23rd October 2014 and in Ennis on Wednesday 19th November at 7.00pm.

The events will see a number of speakers including people with disabilities discuss access to healthcare, independent living support, access to education, physical access to public and private buildings, disability hate crime and HSE services.

Speakers include Disability Hate Crime Researcher Frank Larkin from Letterkenny; Access Campaigner and 2014 Spirit of Northern Ireland Finalist, Dermot Devlin from Omagh; Stephen Cluskey, Social Entrepreneur and founder of Wheelchairtaxi.ie, HSE representatives and the Midway Charity.

Both events are free to attend. 

 

Register for the Navan event.

Call Bluebird Care Meath 046 9090 333

Email meath@bluebirdcare.ie

 

Register for the Ennis event.

Call Bluebird Care Clare 065 686 8222

Email clare@bluebirdcare.ie

 

 

Focus on Training in Co. Meath

Training and continuing professional development is an important aspect of Bluebird Care’s staff development programme. Evidence of this is the recent training undertaken by the team in Co. Meath.

Directors Gavin Kane & J.J Fay say their staff show a great willingness to complete on the job training and have an appetite to learn new skills. “In the past 4 weeks we have completed a series of training courses which add value to our customers’ care.”

  • Induction Training: Given by Bluebird Care’s Care Manager, Nina Allen, RGN
  • Manual Handling & Patient Moving Training: Given by a specialised external provider
  • Epilepsy Awareness & the Administration of Buccal Midazolam
  • Management of the Neurogenic Bowel

 
Gavin Kane  says, “As well as the above training we continue to roll out our Continuous Professional Development e-training programme with recent modules on Aspergers and Autism as well as Basic First Aid.”