Bluebird Care announce a national roadshow of recruitment events

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Registered Nurses and Care Assistants required across Ireland

Bluebird Care has announced a national roadshow of recruitment events and are hosting events across the country during this September and October.

Managing Director, Brian McGoey says, “There is an increased demand for home care services and independent living support in local communities across Ireland as the primary choice for older people and for people with an illness or a disability is to be able to stay in their own home.

With the quality care services available from Bluebird Care this is now a reality. We are excited to not only support people of all ages and all abilities to remain at home but to also provide valuable job opportunities to people in their local community.

We are a growing business with a broad range of career opportunities. While you may begin working with us as a care assistant, we have seen staff upskill and move into other roles within the company.

We value the difference you make by offering great employee salaries and benefits, fully supporting you through our Nurse Led clinical management structure and by caring for you while you take are of others.

So if you are a kind, caring and compassionate person who either has a QQI qualification or has caring experience and would be interested in gaining a qualification we invite you to come and meet us at our recruitment event to find out more about rewarding career opportunities in your local community.

Bluebird Care is Q Mark certified and is also an approved provider of HSE home care packages for older people.

Click HERE to view the full list of Open Days happening near you.

 

 

 

Bluebird Care to sponsor Tipperary v Limerick Hurling Match in aid of World Alzheimer’s Month

The Alzheimer Society of Ireland is delighted to announce that Bluebird Care Ireland, which provides Q-Mark approved homecare services to people of all ages and varying degrees of ability across Ireland, will be the title sponsor for the upcoming Tipperary v Limerick hurling match fundraiser during World Alzheimer’s Month in September.

Bluebird Care provides home and community care in Ireland and everyday sees the impact dementia has on an individual, their family and the community around them.  Having recently completed a survey of attendees at their recent Understand, Respect and Respond with Care free Dementia talks they are hearing first-hand what support individuals are asking for to enable them to live as independently as possible for as long as possible.

The unique fundraising initiative, which has been launched by two leading Munster dementia advocates, Kevin Quaid and Kathy Ryan, who both have a dementia diagnosis, will be held on Saturday, September 7th at Nenagh Éire Óg grounds (5.00pm Throw-In).

We are delighted to announce that legendary All-Ireland-winning Tipperary goalkeeper Brendan Cummins has recently agreed to play in the match. During an illustrious inter-county career with the Premier County, Brendan won two All-Ireland medals, five Munster medals and three National Hurling League medals.

The other Tipperary legends who have signed up to support the initiative are Michael Ryan, Michael Cleary, Declan O’Meara, Eddie Tucker and Brian Gaynor. And, on the Limerick side, the legends that have signed up are Joe Quaid, Ciaran Carey, T J Ryan, Mike Nash, Gary Kirby, John Quaid and Gerry Quaid. More legends will be announced in the coming weeks.  

In addition to this, prominent GAA journalist Damien Lawlor has been confirmed to do MC, match commentary and a Q&A with legends afterward and the Liam MacCarthy Cup will also be present on the day.  

Tickets for the event can be purchased via Eventbrite at €15.00 for adults and kids going free with all the money raised going towards providing community services and advocacy supports in the Munster area and beyond. Tickets can be purchased today via this link: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/legends-hurling-clash-tipperary-v-limerick-tickets-63431800222

This fundraising initiative was the brain child of the dynamic duo, Kevin Quaid and Kathy Ryan, over a cup of tea when they were discussing ways to give something back to The ASI after everything the charity had done for them – so the inaugural ‘Kevin Quaid and Kathy Ryan Legends Cup’ was created which will bring Tipperary and Limerick hurling legends of yesteryear together to battle it out for the prize in Nenagh.

The Alzheimer Society of Ireland Head of Fundraising, Mairéad Dillon said: “We are delighted that Bluebird Care has decided to come on board to sponsor our Hurling Legends Match between Tipperary and Limerick during World Alzheimer’s Month this September. This event is a fantastic opportunity to raise much-needed funds for dementia supports and services and also to raise awareness of dementia in communities across Ireland. It’s still very clear that a stigma and negativity often surrounds dementia and people can sometimes still feel afraid or embarrassed about talking to people they know about it. But that’s why community fundraising and awareness-raising events like are Hurling Legends Match are so important – we can bring dementia out of the shadows. We are delighted that Bluebird is supporting this event; we are all really looking forward to it. I would also like to thank our wonderful advocates Kevin Quaid and Kathy Ryan who are the inspiration behind creating this event. We are so grateful to them both.”

Consultant National Marketing Manager for Bluebird Care, Annette Cullen said: “We are really delighted to be able to support Kevin, Kathy and The ASI with this event.  Kevin was a truly inspirational Ambassador for our recent Understand Respect and Respond with Care Dementia talks and it was really important to the team at Bluebird Care to support Kevin in his advocacy for better understanding around dementia, and for improved local services for the many people living with Dementia across Ireland. Every day we see the impact of this condition on people’s lives and by sponsoring this event we can continue to support individuals, communities and organisations in building dementia friendly communities and a dementia friendly Ireland.”

In total there are an estimated 13,746 people living with dementia in Munster. There are 2,013 people living with dementia in Limerick and 848 people living with dementia in in North Tipperary and 1,054 people living with dementia in South Tipperary.

It is estimated that there are 55,000 people living with dementia in Ireland and for every one person with dementia three others are directly affected. The number of people with dementia is expected to more than double over the next 20 years to 113,000 in 2039. There are an estimated 50,000 carers of people with dementia in Ireland.

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Annette Cullen National Marketing Manager Bluebird Care Ireland, Kevin Quaid Dementia Advocate, Kathy Ryan Dementia Advocate, Maired Dillon Head of Fundraising Alzheimer Society of Ireland.

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)