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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, Brian MacGoey, 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.

Bring Care Home | Bluebird Care Launches TV Campaign

On January 2nd, we launch our first ever TV campaign which coincides with 2017 being our 10th year in business.

Our 30-second TV commercial will run throughout the year on multiple Sky, TV3 and RTÉ channels. We are delighted to share this commercial with you and of course would love your feedback. Watch the extended version below.

 

As Ireland’s population continues to grow and the size of our ageing demographic increases, we thought it was necessary to educate Irish people about home care services and what’s involved. 

This TV campaign will be backed by a complementary radio campaign across RTÉ Radio 1, Lyric FM and Today FM. We will also drive educational messages around home care on our online channels: namely on our website bluebirdcare.ie and on our social media accounts – Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and our YouTube Channel.

If you would like to contribute to our dedicated blog on our website: The Home Care Blog about any area of home care, for example, your experiences or indeed your vision for home care in Ireland, then please get in touch. Email info@bluebirdcare.ie – we would love to share your story. 

This year we want to help people understand how home care has evolved in Ireland and that quality and safe care is being provided by the private sector, in collaboration with the HSE to the very highest of standards

National Q Mark Award Nominations for Bluebird Care

Galway and Meath shortlisted for Quality in Healthcare

Two Bluebird Care offices have been shortlisted for the national Q Mark Awards. Bluebird Care Galway and Meath will attend the national Q Mark awards in Dublin in September.

Organised by Excellence Ireland Quality Association (EIQA), the awards celebrate the drive, commitment and achievements of all nominated companies, committed to quality in the island of Ireland.

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Operations Director Eddie O’Toole says, “We are delighted to have two offices shortlisted for a national award. Quality is what we build our business on. It has always been our promise that we will deliver quality homecare to our customers in every corner of Ireland. We are the first franchised homecare company in Ireland to have all its offices certified with the Q Mark for Quality.”

Bluebird Care has 20 offices in 24 counties. Find your local Bluebird Care office here.

Summit of Knocknarea – Bluebird Care Sligo

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The Special Olympics World Games were hosted in Ireland 10 years ago. To mark the occasion Bluebird Care has launched a nationwide fundraising campaign which will see them challenge their Directors, Managers and staff to do ‘Summit for the Weekend’ all in aid of Special Olympics Ireland.

“18 offices. 18 challenges. One Target. Because no challenge is insurmountable when it comes to the Special Olympics Ireland athletes,” says Eddie O’Toole, Operations Director with Bluebird Care.

Bluebird Care Sligo has decided to take on the Fundraising challenge by Summiting Knocknarea on Saturday September 21st.

Bluebird Care is inviting the people of Sligo to take part with all funds raised going Special Olympics Ireland. You can come on your own, with a team from work or as a family. Sponsorship cards are available from Bluebird Care Sligo.

For more information call Kevin McMorrow on 00 353 71 9155008 or email sligoandmayo@bluebirdcare.ie

Bluebird Care proudly supporting Special Olympics Ireland