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Dementia Awareness Training for Frontline Staff in association with Bluebird Care and the DCU Dementia Elevator Team

In Ireland, it is currently estimated that 42,000 people have some form of dementia, and these figures are likely to increase dramatically to between 65,000 and 140,000 over the next 30 years. Dementia can affect all of us. There may be people in your family/community living with dementia that you are unaware of and in need of your support.

With this in mind, Wexford Chamber have teamed up with Bluebird Care Wexford and the DCU Dementia Elevator team to bring you to Dementia Awareness Training for frontline staff, which aims to enable customer facing staff to recognise the emotions, goals and coping strategies of the person with dementia.

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Date:                       Wednesday 6th April 2016

Time:                      Registration from 6pm; Presentation commences at 6.30pm sharp

Venue:                    Wexford Chamber, Hill Street, Wexford

Fee:                         Attendance is FREE

Who Should Attend?

While primarily focused around the retail environment and employees dealing with the general public, the content of this programme is also widely applicable to families of a person with dementia and in general will be very beneficial to anyone who wishes to learn more about dementia.

Aim

  • To develop familiarity and raise awareness of dementia
  • Break down the stigma associated with Dementia
  • Encourage employees to support people with dementia in their community
  • Equip customer facing staff, whether a local shop or a large multiple organisation, with the skills to support and engage appropriately with customers with dementia.

Objective

On completion of this training programme, participants will be able to:

  • Recognise when a customer may have dementia
  • Identify common challenges a person with dementia may encounter in retail/public situations
  • Consider a range of options for supporting the person when faced with these challenges
  • Identify ways of improving the retail environment to become more dementia friendly.

Who are Bluebird Care?

Bluebird Care provide HSE approved Home Care services throughout County Wexford to people of all ages and all abilities so that they can live independently at home and in their community.  A national organisation with 26 offices nationwide and over 1,500 employees, Bluebird Care provides care and support to older people, people with physical disabilities people with intellectual disabilities as well as care for children for the HSE and for the private marketplace.

What is Dementia Elevator?

Dementia Elevator is an education and empowerment programme to help individuals, community services and health care services engage with and support people affected by dementia. The project is a partnership between Dublin City University and the HSE.
Pre-booking is essential as places are limited.  To book a place, please contact Wexford Chamber on 053 9122226 or email Josephine Dunlop at admin@wexfordchamber.ie

Bluebird Care Wexford takes part in “The GO Show”

On May 26th the Engage Program Exhibiton, now called “The GO Show” will take place in the Brandon Hotel in Wexford from 12pm until 5pm.

Michael Corcoran from Bluebird Care Wexford will be one of the exhibitors at the event.

The event gathers numerous elements, focusing on issues,  challenges and joys of growing older. Issues that will be covered include:

  • Health
  • Safety and Security
  • Tax
  • Rights and Legal Matters
  • Education
  • Leisure and Entertainment

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Bluebird Care Wexford on South East Radio

The Director of Bluebird Care in Wexford, Michael Corcoran was interviewed recently about his first year in business. Michael and his team have extended the brand of Bluebird Care to the South East where they work with people of all ages and all abilities ensuring that they remain at home. He spoke to South East radio.

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Listen to Michael’s interview on Alan Corcoran’s Morning Mix Show on South East Radio.

Listen to Michael being interviewed by Karl Kitzpatrick on the Business Matters Show on South East Radio.

Bluebird Care Wexford Host Guess Who’s Coming to Tea

Come along on Friday 3rd October and you never know who might show up!

Bluebird Care in Wexford is inviting the local community to join them at Guess Who’s Coming to Tea on Friday 3rd October from 10.30am to 12noon at their offices at 6 Upper George’s Street, Wexford Town.

Guess Who’s Coming to Tea is a joint charity fundraiser being organised by the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind and the older people’s charity Age Action as part of UN International Day of Older People on Wednesday 1st October and World Sight Day on Thursday 9th October and they are encouraging people to host tea parties at home or at work.

Director of Bluebird Care Michael Corcoran says, “An added attraction of hosting a tea party is that you might have a celebrity guest show up.” Bluebird Care is the main sponsor of Guess Who’s Coming to Team as well as sponsors of National Positive Ageing Week which runs from 1st – 9th October.

Age Action and Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind are hoping to raise €100,000 which will be divided between both charities in order to help them continue offering the programmes and services we currently provide.

Register your tea party at www.guesswhoscomingtotea.ie