Bluebird Care Donegal, celebrating 10 years in business, provide support with safe, quality patient centred care within homes and in the community.
Founded by Marty Kelly, native of Glencar in Letterkenny with a professional background in nursing and occupational health and safety management, the organisation has grown to care for over 400 clients and employees 120 professional caregivers and nurses across Donegal.
Marty noticed a gap in the market for a homecare business, he completed a business course and was awarded grants from the Local Enterprise Board. Without this support and assistance it would have been very difficult to get the business off the ground.
Through his determination Bluebird Care began life in December 2009. Marty said “I would like to extend a special thanks to both Michael Tunney and Ursula Donnelly (Local Enterprise Office) and also Margaret Devenney (FAS) who helped greatly with staff employment and training requirements in the early years.”
Bluebird Care – “Bring Care Home”
At the helm of the team is Annette Duddy, also originally from Glencar, an intellectual disability nurse, celebrating 10 years with Bluebird Care in March, together with Marty she helped create the thriving homecare business to where it stands today.
Services they provide enable people of all ages and with varying levels of ability to remain in the comfort of their own home so they can live life to their full potential. Clients as young as 9 months right up to 98 years of age avail of their services. With support available for both children and adults with complex needs including physical and intellectual support needs, dementia care, post-operative and respite care.
Marty continues: “As an approved HSE home care provider our services are vital to assist people to live happy and healthy lives by providing essential services in their own home, enhancing the quality of life for both our clients and their families>”
The services Bluebird Care provide vary and adapt to the specific need of each client, ranging from enabling an older person to stay in their own home by assisting with meal preparation, personal hygiene, running errands, shopping or emotional support, to assisting a person with social activities, attending school and college lectures.
Bluebird Care Donegal have supported many charities and businesses locally over the years – Community 5k sponsored runs to support Donegal Special Olympics and other worthy causes, original sponsor of Blood Bikes North West, purchasing their first ever Motorbike and Safety Equipment, sponsorship of St Eunans GAA Girls team jerseys to mention a few.
Bluebird Care has a strong focus on quality and was awarded Franchise of the Year and EIQA Homecare Company of the Year in 2018.
Marty said “The last ten years flew by so quickly; we’ve learned a lot in business along the way and are now firmly embedded in the community as the leading private home care company in the Northwest. I would like to especially thank Annette and all our Staff and Clients for their ongoing support throughout the years in Donegal, as we look forward to the next 10 years.”