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National Conference & Getting Down to Business with Bobby Kerr

Bluebird Care Take the Executive Chair on Newstalk

On Saturday 18th October Brian MacGoey, Managing Director and Eddie O’Toole, Operations Director of Bluebird Care joined Bobby Kerr of Newstalk in the Executive Chair on the Down to Business Show.

Listen to the show at the links below.

First hour featuring Paul Cullen, Irish Times who also spoke at our conference. 

Second hour featuring Kathleen Gilmartin, Interim Healthcare and Brian MacGoey and Eddie of Toole Directors of Bluebird Care. 

Broadcasting live from Trump International, Doonbeg, Co. Clare the two-hour radio show heard from a range of speakers on the subjects of healthcare and homecare mixed in with voices from local business owners in Co. Clare.

Brian MacGoey, Bobby Kerr and Eddie O'Toole

Brian MacGoey, Bobby Kerr and Eddie O’Toole

 

National Conference

The show was broadcast the day following the annual Bluebird Care national conference. The theme of conference this year was Progress Through Professionalism. Driving Change in Homecare.

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The speakers addressing conference presented a joined-up thinking approach to homecare and not only drew on best practice within Ireland but also focused on the UK and the US experience.

CEO & President of Interim Healthcare, Kathleen Gilmartin, Eddie O'Toole, Operations Director Bluebird Care Ireland, Simon Dalziel, COO, Bluebird Care UK, Fiona Williams, Director of Operations, Bluebird Care UK and Brian MacGoey, Managing Director, Bluebird Care Ireland

CEO & President of Interim Healthcare, Kathleen Gilmartin, Eddie O’Toole, Operations Director Bluebird Care Ireland, Simon Dalziel, COO, Bluebird Care UK, Fiona Williams, Director of Operations, Bluebird Care UK and Brian MacGoey, Managing Director, Bluebird Care Ireland

 

Awards

The annual Bluebird Care awards were also presented at conference and this year’s winners were…

Don O'Riordan, Bluebird Care Cork, Marketing Excellence Award Kay Leahy, Bluebird Care Clare, Spirit of Bluebird Care Award Sean Lyons, Bluebird Care Galway, Franchise of the Year

Don O’Riordan, Bluebird Care Cork, Marketing Excellence Award
Kay Leahy, Bluebird Care Clare, Spirit of Bluebird Care Award
Sean Lyons, Bluebird Care Galway, Franchise of the Year

Calls to Senior Help Line on the Increase

“Calls to Senior Help Line are on the increase. Figures released show that older people are continuing to be impacted by austerity and are among the most vulnerable group in the country.”

The Senior Help Line is available 365 days a year from 10am-10pm, for the price of a local call on 1850 440 444. The organisation says that all calls are handled in strict confidence.

Operations Director with Bluebird Care, Eddie O’Toole was speaking following news that Senior Help Line, run by almost 350 volunteers, received over 28,500 calls in 2013 and describes itself as ‘only national peer to peer listening service for older people’ and is run by Third Age Ireland.

Senior helpline CEO Aine Brady said the line is open for people to discuss anything of concern, and is aimed at “breaking the cycle of loneliness”.

While the main topic is loneliness, others contact the service due to worries over the high costs of living, elder abuse, and feelings of suicide. However, she expressed concern at the increasing demand on the service.

“Worryingly we are receiving twice as many calls as we can answer,” she said.
Calls have increased exponential each year since the service was set-up.

The organisation believes the effect of emigration on older sections of society has been ‘largely ignored in public debate’.

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200 people participate in An EngAGEment with Bluebird Care in Cork

 

Almost 200 people joined Broadcaster George Hook and Bluebird Care to discuss Ireland’s ageing society last night in the Radisson Blu Hotel Cork.

The event, which is part of a nationwide series featuring a panel of experts, a live audience and George Hook, saw a range of heated questions and statements being made from audience members.

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The issues debated included healthcare provision, Budget 2014, homecare, home security and social isolation.

Speakers included Sgt. Tony Davis, Prof Cillian Twomey, Senator Deirdre Clune, Robin Webster, Age Action, Sean Moynihan Alone and Peter Kavanagh Active Retirement Ireland, Don O’Riordan, Director Bluebird Care Cork and Susie Hall, Alliance of Retired Public Service Associations.

Operations Director with Bluebird Care Eddie O’Toole says they have now had over 500 people engage on issues affecting older people in modern Ireland.  “There is a lot of frustration and anxiety out there among older people who feel their voice is not being heard by Government, state agencies and decision makers. These events offer a platform for older people to share their views and opinions with up to 10 panel members from a range of experts and organisations contributing. They have proven hugely popular and so it’s something we will continue to roll out in 2014.”

The final “An EngAGEment with Bluebird Care” event takes place on Tuesday 12th November in the Lyrath Estate in Kilkenny. To reserve your FREE place email brianegan@localhost/bluebird.