Bluebird Care Galway are heading to the Oscarz!!!

Bluebird Care Galway have been providing safe, quality, patient centred care in homes and in communities across Galway for the last 11 years. Owned by Local couple Sean & Eileen Lyons Bluebird Care Galway has grown from strenght to strength over the years, and is recognised as an employer of choice within the healthcare sector employing over 140 staff across Galway.

Over the years Sean & Eileen have always been a keen supporters of local charities and community organisations and 2019 is no different. In addition to hosting Free Dementia Talks in Galway as part of a national programme supporting the HSE Dementa: Understand Together campagin Sean and his team are delighted to be a sponsor for the Galway Hospice Oscarz fundraising event that will be held on the 17th of May in the Clayton Hotel in Galway.

It has been a roller coaster ride for Bluebird Care CNM1 Ciara O’Meara who has been catapulted into the spolight over the last few weeks. Casting her day job aside for a taste of Hollywood action she has been working hard with the casts and crew in preparing for what promises to be a night to remember. In all seven short movies have been filmed and the audience can look forward to a night of fantastic entertainment with hilarioius scenes from The Field, Fr Ted, Waking Ned Devine, Sister Act, Forrest Gump, The Snapper and Rocky.

Without events like Galway Hopsice Oscraz the Galway Hospice would not be in a position to provide the vital specialist palliative care services to patients and their famililes living with life-limiting illnessses. Annually Galway Hospice must raise over €2 million to to continue to provide these services free of charge to patients and families for as long as they are needed.

For more information about this event contact Galway Hospice on 091 770868.

http://oscarsfundraiser.ie/event/in-aid-of-galway-hospice/

Bluebird Care launch Understand, Respect and Respond with Care – Dementia Awareness Talks

Bluebird Care, today launched Understand, Respect and Respond with Care, a national roadshow of community talks to raise awareness of dementia in support of the HSE’s Dementia: Understand Together campaign.

There are 500,000 people in Ireland whose families have been affected by dementia – an estimated 55,000 people are living with the condition with an additional 4,000 new cases developed each year. Bluebird Care’s Understand, Respect and Respond with Care national awareness roadshow aims to provide people with the understanding necessary to become a community that supports people with dementia both in and outside of the home.

Minister of State at the Department of Health with special responsibility for Mental Health and Older People, Jim Daly TD, said, “Dementia is a part of life for people all over Ireland. As a society, we have a duty to support those who develop dementia and their families as much as possible. We know that people with dementia can, with the right supports, continue to live well and participate in their communities for a long time. Creating informed, empathetic and supportive communities help people with dementia to retain their personhood and place in society, and I commend Bluebird Care, Kevin Quaid from the Irish Dementia Working Group and the Dementia: Understand Together campaign for bringing this message through the national roadshow.”

Speaking at the launch, Managing Director of Bluebird Care Ireland, Brian MacGoey, commented, “In Ireland one in two people know someone who has dementia. People who have had a diagnosis of dementia can live active and meaningful lives in the community and it’s important to learn how best to support these individuals and their families. The Bluebird Care campaign is called Understand, Respect and Respond with care. Our aim is to raise public awareness and give people the skills and additional knowledge to respond appropriately to people and their families with a diagnosis of dementia.

As a national homecare provider we are delighted to be in a position to lead on this initiative and to support the great work that the Dementia: Understand Together campaign is doing in this area.”.

“Bluebird Care is committed to providing quality care in the home, and for this reason we have incorporated the Dementia: Understand Together training and educational modules into our quality health and social care training programmes. All our staff will have undergone this additional training by year-end, ensuring Bluebird Care is always person-centred in its approach to care in the home.”

Kevin Quaid, member of the Irish Dementia Working Group and campaign partner said; “The word dementia has a huge stigma attached to it. Many families are either ashamed or embarrassed by a loved one who has dementia. I have chosen to be open about my diagnosis and I hope that openness will help other families. I am delighted to be an Ambassador for the Bluebird Care initiative because talking about dementia is so important.

“If we as people who have dementia know that our town or village is able to support us, then we will feel safe and not afraid to ask for help. For me one of my biggest fears is fear itself, but when I am in a place or with people who know me and know about me, then I don’t feel fearful, I feel safe. I hope that this initiative from Bluebird Care will help people all over the country learn more about the condition.”

The free community awareness talks are aimed at individuals with dementia, care givers, health professionals and the wider public. The talks will be hosted across each of Bluebird Care’s 26 offices nationwide over a two-week period from April 24th to May 14th.

People are invited to register for their local talks at https://bluebirdcare.ie/dementia-talk-dates/

The roadshow is supported by the Dementia: Understand Together campaign, which is led by the HSE in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland and Genio. The campaign aims to create an Ireland that embraces and includes people with dementia, and which displays solidarity with them and their families. For more information on the Dementia: Understand Together campaign, visit www.understandtogether.ie or Freephone 1800 341 341. If interested in getting involved in the campaign, or becoming a Community Champion in your area, please contact Fiona Foley, National Co-ordinator, Dementia: Understand Together in Communities, by email at fiona.foley1@hse.ie

L-R: Sarah O’Riordan (Director Bluebird Care Cork), Kevin Quaid (Irish Dementia Working Group), Don O’Riordan (Director Bluebird Care Cork)

Bluebird Care partner with Special Olympics Ireland for the 2019 World Summer Games

BLUEBIRD CARE IRELAND PARTNER WITH SPECIAL OLYMPICS IRELAND FOR THE 2019 SPECIAL OLYMPICS WORLD SUMMER GAMES.

Bluebird Care Ireland is delighted to announce its support of Special Olympics Ireland athletes ahead of the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games taking place in Abu Dhabi next week.

Bluebird Care, one of Irelands leading providers of care at home and in the community have joined Special Olympics’ Support an Athlete Campaign by pledging €5,000 to cover the cost of preparing and sending a member of Team Ireland to the World Games.

91 Special Olympics Ireland athletes will represent as Team Ireland at these Games across 12 different sports. These Games, running from 14 to 21 March will be the largest humanitarian events in the World. 7,000 Special Olympics athletes from 170 countries will display their courage and skills on the world stage in Abu Dhabi.

Commenting on the partnership, Matt English, CEO of Special Olympics Ireland, said: “We are thrilled and delighted that Bluebird has come on board as a valued partner for our support an athlete campaign in the lead up to the World Summer Games and would like to thank them for their generous contribution.”

National Marketing Manager Annette Cullen and Franchise business owner Eric Delaney recently attended a Special Olympics Badminton and Table Tennis tournament in Carlow and got to experience first hand the passion, skill and commitment the athletes have for their sport.

Annette said “It was truly inspirational to spend a day with an amazing talented and skilled group of athletes who celebrate their team mates wins, their competitors wins and their own wins with an exuberance and joy that is truly infectious. We are looking forward to following all the Irish athletes at the World Games and wish them every success representing their country. C’mon Ireland!”.


Francis Power, Navan Arch Club


John Doyle of Gorey Special Olympics Club


Annette Codd – Regional Director, Special Olympics Leinster,
Eric Delaney – Director Bluebird Care Carlow, Kilkenny, Waterford
John Doyle of Gorey Special Olympics Club
Annette Cullen – National Marketing Manager, Bluebird Care Ireland