Croí & Bluebird Care, Patient Education Partnership

Education at the heart of stroke and heart disease prevention

Bluebird Care Supports Croí

The efforts of heart and stroke charity Croí in preventing death or disability from heart attack and stroke have received a welcome boost this week by way of a generous donation from local home care company Bluebird Care who have become a Croí Patient Education Partner for the coming year. The partnership aims to prevent heart attacks and strokes in the West of Ireland through patient education and awareness initiatives which will educate people on the risk factors for heart disease and stroke and signpost them to a healthier and longer life.

Managing Director of Bluebird Care in Galway, Sean Lyons says that losing his father to a heart attack at a young age gives him a greater appreciation for the work of Croí.

“I believe that if Croí was around when my father suffered his heart attack, he might probably be alive today. The services provided by the charity are invaluable not just in terms of after-care but also in terms of preventive education. The patient education programmes and activities which are being invested in by Bluebird Care aim to save lives and we are very proud to be part of it.”

Speaking at a reception in the Croí Heart & Stroke Centre, Croí CEO Neil Johnson said “support from local companies like Bluebird Care is vital for the continuation of our work as we rely totally on sponsorship partnerships such as this. We are delighted to receive this very welcome support from Bluebird Care whose work has synergies with the key messages we are trying to convey to those living with heart disease or stroke” 

Johnson went on to say that “the work being undertaken at the Croí Heart & Stroke Centre aimed at risk factor reduction and supporting lifestyle and behaviour change is yielding measurable health benefits. The results being achieved have been independently verified as improving cardiovascular health and wellbeing with the added benefit of being cost saving to the health service”

Croí & Bluebird Care - Stroke and heart disease prevention

Signing of 2017 Croí & Bluebird Care, Patient Education Partnership: Neil Johnson, CEO, Croí
Sean Lyons, Managing Director, Bluebird Care
Joe Kavanagh, Corporate Relations, Croí

Galway man Malachy Matthews who has taken part in one of Croí’s education programmes says it has ‘transformed’ his life. Malachy who had a mini stroke says it could be explained by a lifetime of not looking after himself that just caught up with him.

“I had effectively been loading my gun for many years, smoking, drinking and eating what I wanted without taking regular exercise and that day, my luck ran out. Attending Croí’s MyAction programme was life-changing, just as life-changing as the day I had my stroke.

“They re-calibrated my thinking about my own health and lifestyle, they educated me, but most of all they empowered me. I got great advice and help from a medical nurse, dietician and physiotherapist and they looked at all aspects of my loaded gun. I cannot thank them enough.”

Watch Malachy Matthew’s story

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Bluebird Care Gets on the Road with Vantastic

Bluebird Care Gets on the Road with Vantastic

35 accessible vans delivering 12,000 trips per month across Dublin

Homecare company Bluebird Care has partnered with accessible transport company Vantastic to ensure they can continue to deliver 12,000 monthly trips across Dublin city and county.

The charity offers a low-cost affordable service to people of all ages and with varying degrees of ability. They employ 50 staff to provide seven day-a-week accessible transport services.

Cormac Moloney, the charity’s CEO says corporate social responsibility is a vital part of their revenue streams.

“As a charity we rely heavily on support from companies such as Bluebird Care to keep us on the road. This current partnership over 12 months will help us deliver on our massive commitment to bring circa 1,000 people a week from their homes to community centres, to their place of work, hospital appointments and even on shopping trips.

“Accessible transport is the link which affords independence, well-being, good mental health and in many cases interaction with other people.

Bluebird Care Gets on the Road with Vantastic


Bluebird Care Ireland Managing Director says that their work as private home care providers ties in perfectly with the work of Vantastic.

“We deliver 10,000 home care visits per week to people who live in Dublin and its surrounding areas. While we ensure that people can remain in their own homes, the vital link for full independence is transport.

“So often we take for granted the chance to go out, meet friends, go shopping or even visit our GP. This is why we are so delighted to partner with Vantastic and support their invaluable work.”

Bluebird Care spent a day with Vantastic recently and met their customers and their staff.

Hear first-hand why this service is totally invaluable. Hear the personal stories from Alice, Josephine, Paddy and Don.

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Bluebird Care Welcome’s HIQA’s Comments on Home Care Regulation

Bluebird Care, an independent health and social care service provider, welcomes the comments made by the CEO of the Health Information and Equality Authority (HIQA), Phelim Quinn, in relation to the statutory regulation of all domicillary care services and community based services, during a recent meeting with the Oireachtas Future of Healthcare Committee.

Mr. Quinn informed the Committee that, “HIQA supports the extension of home care packages, but is concerned about the vulnerabilities of people in receipt of personal care and support services within their homes”

“Therefore, we must extend statutory regulation to cover all domiciliary care services, and other community-based social services, in order to ensure that vulnerable people are safe and receiving the best-possible support.”

The Managing Director of Bluebird Care Ireland strongly supports the views shared by Mr Quinn.

“We want to see regulation and have publicly called for it for many years. We believe the development and introduction of National Standards within this sector and their subsequent implementation and monitoring is key to the provision and delivery of safe quality care to all service users/customers who access such services.”

Bluebird Care has 26 offices throughout Ireland providing health and social care services within the home setting and local community. Quality and safety is at the core of all its work.

Service provision is nurse-led and all care staff are trained to place the customer at the heart and centre of every interaction and to provide care with kindness, compassion, consideration and respect.

All Bluebird Care offices are independently owned and managed.

Silver Surfer Awards 2017

Age Action together with new sponsor open eir are making waves to find Ireland’s top Silver Surfers. The awards celebrate and showcase older peoples’ use of the internet and technology as well as the volunteers who teach these skills. 


This year they are looking for enthusiastic older people who have an interesting story to share about how they use their computer and the internet and who will become a role model to inspire more older people to embrace technology.

They are calling on people across Ireland to nominate a friend, neighbour or relative who uses technology for pleasure or as a way to enhance the quality of their life. 

The awards will be presented by broadcaster Baz Ashmawy and his mother Nancy on Tuesday 28 March at The eir Building, 1 Heuston South Quarter, St. John’s Road, Dublin 8.

This is the eighth year of the awards and there are five award categories as follows:

New to IT Award
An older person who is new to technology and has overcome challenges to become an IT user

Hobbies on the Net Award
An older person who uses the Internet to pursue their passion or hobby or who uses IT for communication and social networking

IT Tutor(s) of the Year
An individual volunteer or group of volunteers of any age who tutor older learners

Silver Surfer Award
An older person who embraces the Internet or technology with a sense of fun and adventure

Golden IT Award
An individual over the age of 80 who uses technology to enhance their life

The public can nominate someone for an award by filling in a form online at or by phoning Anne-Marie in Age Action on 01 475 6989.