Learn how physical exercise can fight disease with Trinity’s free online course

New online course to explore impact of physical exercise on cardiovascular disease, mental health problems and cancer.

A free online course from Trinity College Dublin will allow learners worldwide to discover the link between physical exercise and combating of serious diseases. ’Exercise Prescription for the Prevention and Treatment of Disease’ is a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) run in partnership with FutureLearn. This two week course, led by Dr Cuisle Forde and Dr Aine Kelly, begins on the 14th of January 2019 and will explore the evidence behind exercise prescription, and how it has evolved as a tool for preventing and treating disease.

Geared towards healthcare professionals, the course details how physiological adaptations to exercise can translate to improved health outcomes, and will help enhance confidence in exercise prescription as a treatment.

The course will address the role of exercise in the treatment of a variety of clinical populations including people with cardiovascular disease, mental health problems, paediatric conditions and cancer. Available to anyone with internet access across multiple devices including desktops, tablets and smartphones, the innovative course will enable healthcare professionals anywhere to experience a Trinity education.

Register for the course here: http://bit.ly/exerciseprescriptiontcd

Bluebird Care Ireland join forces with Debra Ireland to bring some Christmas Cheer to families living with EB.

Bluebird Care Ireland join forces with Debra Ireland to bring some Christmas Cheer to families living with EB.

While most of us will enjoy the lead up to Christmas, and we look forward to spending time with family and friends, it can also be a time of great expense. Families with a child with EB face increased financial pressure and reduced family time due to the demands that arise from EB (Epidermolysis Bullosa).

To assist with this, Bluebird Care Ireland has joined forces with DEBRA Ireland via the donation of a €5000 grant that will provide immediate financial support to families easing this pressure and help make their Christmas unforgettable.

EB is an incredibly painful genetic skin condition which makes skin as fragile as the wings of a butterfly. This is why children with EB are often know as butterfly children. An estimated 1 in 18,000 babies born in Ireland are affected by EB. There is no cure and treatment consists of an arduous bandaging process which can take up to four hours every second day. This is incredibly painful for the child and heart-breaking for the parent.

DEBRA Ireland is a national Irish charity, established to provide support services to patients and families living with the debilitating skin condition epidermolysis bullosa (EB). DEBRA Ireland have two main focuses – Care and Cure. ‘Care’ is about providing the best level care in the patient’s own home while ‘Cure’ refers to funding research to create better treatments as well as ultimately finding a cure for EB.

“Due to the nature of EB, the severity and complexity of the condition, oftentimes there are unexpected complications. These complications or sudden changes in the patient’s ability has an impact on the whole family unit. With finances being the leading cause of stress in any relationship, this is one area where Bluebird Care Ireland could intervene and support our families”, said Claire Concannon, corporate fundraising manager for DEBRA Ireland.

“Christmas should be a time to create fun family memories which will get you through the hard days and this extra treat from Bluebird Care Ireland will allow families to have a very Merry Christmas! We really cannot thank Bluebird Care Ireland enough for their kindness and generosity.”

Brian MacGoey, Claudia Collins and Liz Collins

Brian MacGoey is the Managing Director of Bluebird Care which was set up in Ireland in 2007, and with 26 offices nationwide are now one of Irelands leading health and social care providers.

Brian met Liz Collins who’s daughter Claudia has EB and was deeply moved on hearing the many challenges families have to face when living with EB.

“Whilst the majority of our clients require care of the older person services we are finding ourselves working more and more with young children who have complex care needs. We see first-hand the pressure that this can put on families physically, emotionally and financially.”

“Christmas can be stressful at the best of time and we were delighted to be able to provide immediate financial assistance to the many families this grant will support over the holiday period”.

To find out more about Debra Ireland and how you could support their great work logon to www.debraireland.org

Bluebird Care Launch New & Improved Employee Loyalty Scheme

We are delighted to officially launch Bluebird Care’s new and improved employee loyalty scheme called PERKS.

Following the feedback gathered from our employee’s we have been working on this initiative for the last few months and are delighted to announce that your new PERKS discount card is ready for collection from your local Bluebird Care office.

As a Bluebird Care employee your Perks card gives you access to over 1,500 discounts of up to 50% across the country. From eating out to shopping, days out to golf, hotels to big high street names, there is something for everyone with significant savings in a short space of time.

Activate your 2019 Perks Card as soon as you receive it to view the full range of offers, be kept up to date with new offers throughout the year, enter fantastic competitions and much more.

Win a €50 Shopping Card

Everyone who activates their 2019 Perks Card by 31st January 2019 will go into a draw to win a €50 Shopping Card of their choice from our range of discounted shopping cards.

Follow the instructions that come with your 2019 Perks Card and activate your card at: www.perksdirectory.ie


Don’t forget to download the app…

The Perks App brings over 1,500 offers to your fingertips. It’s free to download from the App Store or Google Play.

Happy shopping everyone

Bluebird Care’s Living Well Guide, supporting independent living

Bluebird Care is proud to announce the launch of our free Living Well Guide, now available at our 26 nationwide offices and online. The Living Well Guide is full of practical advice on lifestyle and wellbeing, financial, legal, and health matters tailored to older people as well as providing expert advice and helpful tips. We were delighted to work with celebrity chef Gary O’Hanlon who has created tasty and healthy recipes for you to enjoy. The Living Well Guide also includes a comprehensive directory of local Garda stations, Citizen Information Centres (CIC) and HSE Health Centres.

Brian MacGoey commented on the launch: “As strong advocates for supporting individuals to live healthy and independent lives we wanted to provide you and your families with an invaluable resource, and a great coffee table read.”

The Guide can be viewed online at bluebirdcare.ie. You can also pick up your free hard copy from your local Bluebird Care office. To find your local Bluebird Care office logon to https://www.bluebirdcare.ie/locations.

The Bluebird Care team would also like to take this opportunity to wish you and yours a happy a peaceful Christmas.