Q Mark Award: Top in the Country for Quality

Bluebird Care Q Mark Award

Top in the Country for Quality

Bluebird Care Named Business Group of the Year at National Q Mark Awards

Homecare company Bluebird Care has been named best Business Group in Ireland for quality standards. The announcement was made at the National Q Mark Awards, which took place in the Burlington Hotel in Dublin on Friday night. Irene Collins, Managing Director of Excellence Ireland Quality Association – the Proud Guardians of The Q Mark, said the award celebrates outstanding levels of commitment to quality standards. “Quality standards are at the centre of Bluebird Care’s operational ethos. Working in an unregulated sector Bluebird Care are to be commended on achieving the Q Mark in 18 individual franchisee locations. Very well done to everyone,” says Irene Collins. Operations Director of Bluebird Care, Eddie O’Toole says from the very outset Bluebird Care has had quality at its centre-point. “We have our own internal quality standards which we adopt from our parent company in the UK where homecare is regulated. We undertake spot checks on a bi-monthly basis and do full internal audits bi-annually. Separately we have committed to the Q Mark standard, an independent audit of our standards. 18 of our 20 offices are currently Q Mark certified and this reinforces that at all levels of our business we are strongly committed to quality.” For more information on Bluebird Care log onto or watch a video on their story in Ireland here:



Further Information Joanne Sweeney-Burke Media Box 087-6237373 /      

Autism Awareness Month: “Diversity is the Tapestry of Life”

The entire month of April is dedicated to autism awareness and to help the campaign Bluebird Care will publish a number of supporting blog posts.


There are quite a number of myths around the Autism Spectrum. Here we share the infographic.

There are also some facts that you should know about Autism also illustrated below.


Here is a free pack created as a tool to use to help raise awareness of autism, download yours from –

Sources: Irish Autism Action


Bluebird Care Carlow, Kilkenny & Waterford Palliative Care and MS Training and Information Day

Care staff from the local Carlow, Kilkenny and Waterford Bluebird Care office recently took part in a very interesting training and awareness day on Palliative Care and Multiple Sclerosis.

The Palliative Care training was given by Bernie Brophy from the local Carlow/Kilkenny HomeCare Team. Carers found the presentation very beneficial with everyone keen to learn more about this important area. The afternoon session was hosted by the MS Society with a detailed and interesting presentation on MS and some guidance on how to Care for people with MS.

Brian Egan Managing Director of the local Bluebird Care office said that there was great feedback from everyone about the training. This forms part of the varied Bluebird Care Carlow, Kilkenny and Waterford training programme. Aside from the mandatory Induction & Orientation workshop and Manual Handling and Patient Moving Training the local office has held training workshops in the following areas over the last year : Dementia & Alzheimer’s Care, Disability Awareness, Parkinson’s, Motor Neurones and now Palliative Care and Multiple Sclerosis.

On a national basis Bluebird Care are currently looking at rolling out new training initiatives for Carers throughout the country as training continues to provide a key focus for Bluebird Care as all offices continue to deliver a high standard of Care for people of all ages and needs in their own homes and in the community.

Bluebird Care are a leading Home Care provider with offices throughout Ireland providing Care on a private basis and as a preferred provider for the HSE. Flexible Care visits are provided from hourly care to 24/7 Live In Care with an individualised Care Plan completed for each client.


New Care Supervisor – Bluebird Care Carlow/Kilkenny & Waterford

Bluebird Care Carlow/Kilkenny & Waterford would like to welcome Luan Lyons to Bluebird Care as our new Care Supervisor.

Luan is a qualified Nurse (BSc General Nursing) and has over 10 years experience working in Care in the community as well as in residential and hospital settings. Luan will primarily be responsible for staff supervisons, the ongoing maintenance of staff files, the continued implementation of our stringent policies and procedures as well as supporting Liz Carey-Miller in her role as Care Manager in areas such as Risk Assessments, Care reviews, Carer Appraisals. Luan will also work with Care Coordinator Marie Conway with Roster & Coordination duties and of course will be there as an additional support for our Carers providing Care throughout Carlow, Kilkenny and Waterford.

Luan is passionate about the delivery of a high standard of Care which is a key focus for Bluebird Care and we would like to wish Luan the best of luck in her new role with Bluebird Care.

Bluebird Care Carlow/Kilkenny and Waterford provides a flexible and professional care service, we work as a direct provider for Carlow/Kilkenny HSE and Waterford HSE and on a private basis and can be contacted on 056 780 6054 or email