Care staff and clients gather for Bluebird Care Gosport’s birthday party celebrating outstanding CQC report

October 14, 2019

CARE staff and clients of Bluebird Care Gosport gathered together to celebrate an outstanding first year.

Since opening their Quay Lane premises last October, the team has gone from strength to strength, racking up awards and achieving an ‘outstanding’ inspection by the Care Quality Commission.

To celebrate their achievements, the team held a birthday party for staff, customers and the mayor of Gosport to enjoy, including music and cake.

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Owner Kat Thomas said: ‘We’re passionate about stamping out loneliness. The fact that we have double the number of people here than last year when we opened is amazing.’

The glowing CQC report highlighted the ‘compassion and genuine warmth’ staff had when speaking about people they cared for.

Carer Kim Heeley used to work for Bluebird Care but left for health reasons, and recently returned to the Gosport team.

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She said: ‘They’re amazing, I wouldn’t work for any other homecare company. Everyone we work with are lovely people, I feel very supported, we just all help each other. I’m not planning on going anywhere for a very long time.’

Bluebird Care Gosport picked up two awards at the company’s Franchise Awards, being recognised with the Spirit of Bluebird award and Newcomer of the Year.

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The franchise is also finalist for Employer of the Year by Solent Business Awards.

Emma Burnley, care assistant supervisor, said: ‘Everyone made me feel at ease when I first started. We’re more like a family than a business.

‘We’ve got some amazing customers, they make your day and I can’t fault any of our care staff.’

By Belinda Dickins

Source: Portsmouth

Bluebird Care partnership gives clients access to funding advice

October 10, 2019

Bluebird Care has signed an exclusive partnership deal with equity release referral service Key Partnerships.

The collaboration will enable Bluebird Care’s franchise partners to call on support should their clients express an interest in using their housing equity to fund their care.

Key Partnerships will explore how equity release might help, but also whether clients are using all the benefits available and if other later life lending options might be a better fit.

Yvonne Hignell, managing director of Bluebird Care said: “As a care provider who has been working in the industry for over 15 years, we know that many people worry about how to fund care at home.

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“By collaborating with Key Partnerships, we are giving our customers access to market leading later life advice helping our customers exploring their options where previously they may not have been aware of this potential solution. It’s about finding the right options for our customers and helping them stay in their homes for as long as is possible.”

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Research by the firm suggests that over three quarters (77%) of over-55s who expressed a care preference wanted it to take place in their own home with people coming in to help – either in their current home (57%) or in a more manageable property (20%).

Jason Ruse, head of Key Partnerships, said: “Bluebird Care is one of the UK’s leading domiciliary care providers in the UK which helps and supports thousands of older people and their families each year. This collaboration will enable its customers to have access to funding options for their existing or future care needs and we are looking forward to working with Bluebird Care to provide the support their team and their customers need.”

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Source: Home Care Insight

Bluebird Care names Franchise Awards winners

October 7, 2019

Bluebird Care has announced the winners of its annual Franchise Awards, celebrating businesses that have gone above and beyond in perusing excellence in care.

The awards took place at a gala dinner on the evening of Bluebird Care’s conference last week, where senior managers showcased examples of what high quality care looks like across the network.

Bluebird Care Trafford was selected from franchises across the country to receive the Founders Award for its outstanding contribution to the organisation.

Bluebird Care Founders Paul and Lisa Tarsey handed the award to franchise owner Ian Helsby, praising him as a leader in the network.

Commenting on the win, Helsby said: “I’m truly surprised and yet really proud to accept this completely unexpected accolade from the original founders of Bluebird Care. It was their brand of exceptional home care that I wholeheartedly bought into when I started my Altrincham-based business in 2011.”

Gosport branch picked up two accolades on the night, the Spirit of Bluebird award and the Newcomer of the Year, both of which were handed to franchise owner Kat Thomas.

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The franchise was recognised as a business that “epitomises the brand and has Bluebird Care at the heart of everything it does”, while also demonstrating “commitment, passion and a clear and focused drive” to grow a successful Bluebird Care business.

Thomas took on an isolation challenge earlier this year as part of her branch’s United Against Loneliness campaign.

Commenting on winning two awards, she said: “All of the staff at Bluebird Care Gosport go above and beyond every day to ensure we are providing the best care and support to our customers. We don’t see it as a job, we all love what we do, but to have this recognised centrally a short 12 months after opening our doors is fantastic. I am personally proud of everyone in my team and their dedication and caring nature is what gets me out of bed in the morning.”

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The Spotlight of the Year Award went to the Bluebird Care Bournemouth, while the Chichester branch, owned by Paul and Kate Barry, picked up the Limelight of the Year award and the gala’s top prize – Franchise of the Year.

The local home care provider was selected as a “super business” that continues to grow year on year and has an “astounding focus” on strategic planning, culture, marketing, delivering quality care and recruiting the best employees for the business.

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Finally, Bluebird Care’s Network Star of the Year was named as Julie Gambrill, a member of the Franchise Support Centre who was praised for making the most contribution to franchisee engagement in the network.

Speaking after the event, Yvonne Hignell, managing director, said: “Our annual conference is an excellent way to celebrate a year of hard work from everyone across the Bluebird Care network. The franchise owners have ensured Bluebird Care has had another exceptional year and I am very proud to be leading such an inspirational group of people.”


Source: Home Care Insight

Bluebird Care franchise goes ‘above and beyond’ to achieve Outstanding rating

September 16, 2019

A Bluebird Care franchise in Somerset has been rated ‘Outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) following a recent inspection.

Bluebird Care Mendip, based in Frome, received the top rating for being responsive and well-led.

This is a significant achievement for the service, with only 3% of home care providers across England receiving the rating.

In their report, CQC inspectors praised the business for going “over and above what was expected of a community care provider.”

They commented on how the provider had looked at ways of reducing social isolation for people without it having a financial impact on them.

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For example, they had arranged trips out, parties, musical entertainment and a book club.

The CQC also highlighted that people are supported fully in every step of their care, with care professionals “supporting people to express their views and be involved in making decisions about their care” and carrying out regular reviews of care plans.

Relatives and loved ones are also included in the decision-making process, which inspectors found particularly pertinent. One service user told inspectors, “I have full control over everything, my life is my own and [the service] support me to do what I want.”

Masen Naidoo, director of Bluebird Care Mendip, said: “We are thrilled to have received an ‘Outstanding’ rating from the CQC, with a report that is testament to the hard work and dedication shown by our care team every single day. We look forward to maintaining our passion for providing high-quality care that improves people’s lives as we move forward.”

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The service was applauded by inspectors for tailoring services to meet the needs of individuals and ensure flexibility, choice and continuity of care.

Bluebird Care Mendip’s care professionals were also singled out for praise, with inspectors finding that all staff “were passionate about providing a high standard of person-centred care which promoted people’s independence.”

When it came to the leadership, inspectors said managers “promoted an open, fair culture” that is “inclusive and empowering.”

In one example, Bluebird Care’s leaders were commended for staying up to date with emerging trends and adopting innovative ideas, such as electronic systems for people living at home.

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Yvonne Hignell, managing director of Bluebird Care, said: “I would like to congratulate everyone at Bluebird Care Mendip for what is such a fantastic achievement. The service is demonstrative of the high standards we promote at Bluebird Care and we are excited to see what lies in store for Bluebird Care Mendip as it goes from strength to strength.”


Source: Home Care Insight

‘Dementia suits’ give Bluebird Care staff reality check

July 31, 2019

Bluebird Care employees gained an insight into what it’s like to live with dementia during a recent training day at the provider’s head office.

Informed Dementia Care was invited to the office in Petersfield to deliver its ‘dementia suits experience’ to members of the Franchise Support Office team.

Attendees wore the ‘dementia suits’ to experience, first-hand, how ageing can impact the body and mind, and better understand how dementia can affect a person’s wellbeing and safety.

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They experienced a number of ageing symptoms and scenarios throughout the three-hour training programme, including restrictive movement, show discomfort, weighted clothing and impaired vision.

Sam Hart, Bluebird Care’s training manager, said: “As part of developing our expertise in supporting customers in their own homes, we felt the dementia suits experience programme would empower our Franchise Support Office Team and allow them to fully understand what dementia could be like.”

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Bluebird Care said that many of the Franchise Support Office team work hard to benefit those living with dementia on a day-to-day basis, but rarely come into direct contact with many of their customers.

The training gave the team an insight into how everyday tasks can be a struggle for people living with dementia and highlighted the key signs that many people miss when dealing with an individual in distress.

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Bluebird Care eyes 25 new locations, realigns strategy

April 26, 2019

Bluebird Care is planning to open up to 25 new branches in the UK over the next five years, Home Care Insight has learned.

The national care provider is eyeing locations in the North of England, Scotland and Wales after establishing the majority of its 200-plus businesses in the South of England and the Midlands since the company was set up in 2004.

But opening new branches is no longer the main driver of growth for Bluebird Care, which is the third largest home care provider in the country in terms of market share, with an annual turnover of around £200 million.

Under the leadership of Yvonne Hignell, who joined the business as operations director in March 2018 before being promoted to managing director in October, Bluebird Care’s objective is to reposition itself in the marketplace and continue to drive sustainable growth through new channels.

Over the last 12 months the provider has been through a journey of transformation, witnessing a mass exodus of staff in 2018 and restructuring its entire Franchise Support Centre.

Explaining the exodus, Hignell said: “Lots of people had been here a long time and I think that organisations move on and not everybody wants to go in the direction that things are moving in.”

Hignell said she saw the departure of her colleagues as an opportunity to drive the business forward and attract new talent.

“It happens and you just have to roll with it and see it as an opportunity to create a team that really does believe in where you are trying to go and what you are trying to do, and that’s what we have now,” she explained.

“As a team, we’ve reclaimed our culture and decided how we want to work with each other, how we want to engage with each other and what our values are. We’ve also rebuilt relationships with the network, which weren’t as good or strong as they could be.”

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Bluebird has also realigned its strategy and has a solid plan for the future.

“It’s about going back to basics. We want to reposition ourselves in the marketplace as the provider that can be there from those light touch, early doors services, before people really think that they need care at home,” said Hignell.

“It’s also about consolidating our place in the market around domiciliary care, but then extending customer length of stay through more complex provision, so bridging the gap between health and social care and really challenging the boundaries of traditional health care that is delivered in communities.

“That has to be supported by a great employer brand that really cares about its people. We want to re-establish ourselves in the market, not just as a provider, but as an employer. So it’s about driving growth through great employment opportunities, caring for and valuing our team members and increasing the customer length of stay.”


Source: Home Care Insight

Bluebird Care gains ‘Outstanding’ rating for Southern branch

April 10, 2019

A Bluebird Care franchise based in Berkshire has been rated ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC during its first inspection.

Bluebird Care Reading, Wokingham, Windsor, Maidenhead and Bracknell was rated ‘Outstanding’ for two out of five areas – responsive and well-lead – and ‘Good’ for being safe, effective and caring.

At the time of inspection, 70 people with a range of needs, including physical disabilities and dementia, were receiving personal care and support in their homes.

The CQC report noted that people and their needs were placed “at the heart of the service at Bluebird Care,” and the service was “dedicated in creating, nurturing and championing a culture within the service that was professional, compassionate and innovative”.

Bluebird Care was also praised for ensuring that individuals stay active and stimulated, and for using “innovative” methods to support people at risk of social isolation.

Working closely with healthcare professionals and other agencies to support wellbeing, the service organises and runs regular ‘friend’s cafes’ in and around Berkshire with free entertainment, activities and music.

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The service also recently set up ConnectedCare, a project bringing the community together to have fun and help prevent loneliness.

Inspectors found that staff “continuously and instantly updated” people’s personal needs and wishes, and quickly responded to any concerns using an electronic care planning and monitoring system.

Tushar Shah and Mehul Shah, directors of Bluebird Care Reading, Wokingham, Windsor, Maidenhead, Bracknell, said: “Achieving ‘Outstanding’ is a fantastic recognition for any care team, but to maintain that rating and take this across all of our services is a reflection of the dedication of our carers, office staff, leadership team and the support and co-operation we get from all of our customers and their families.

“Whilst we have developed and improved the service considerably since our last inspection, we still have much to do. However, having a passionate and hardworking team that all strive to deliver quality of care for our customers makes that journey a little easier.”


Source: Home Care Insight

Bluebird Care appoints new directors to franchise support centre

April 6, 2019

National home care provider Bluebird Care has announced the appointment of two new additions to its franchise support centre team.

Hannah Banfield, has joined the company as marketing director and Vicky Brown has been appointed franchise recruitment manager.

Banfield has nearly 20 years of marketing and franchising experience, most recently working as head of marketing for Service Master, where she spent 10 years building a team of marketers to support the owner network.

She was keen to remain in the franchise industry, but also had a desire to tackle a new challenge.

“Bluebird Care represented the opportunity to encompass the perfect next challenge whilst really working towards supporting local business owners in their quests to provide a home care solution that excels,” she said.

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“I was really buoyed by Bluebird Care’s focus on the depth and breadth of their services, providing a truly end to end care solution to enable people to stay in their own homes, where they feel the most comfortable. The business has such a fantastic network of franchise owners, all driving towards a common goal of excellence through careful and considered recruitment of care assistants and office staff through to the significantly high levels of customised and bespoke care solutions for our customers and their families.”

Brown entered the world of franchising in 2015, following a career in recruitment and achieving a first-class honours degree in business.

“During 2015 my grandad developed dementia and my family were going through our first experience of having a loved one that was in need of care and support. Very quickly realising what bad care looked like in care homes, I instantly fell in love with the domiciliary care model and I am extremely passionate about keeping loved ones at home for as long as possible, which is why I find my job so rewarding,” she said.“Every day I am talking to entrepreneurs who also feel passionate about quality care and they want to make a genuine difference to the lives of people within their communities.”


Source: Home Care Insight

Make a difference to your level of care with Bluebird Care

January 18, 2019

Regardless of your needs, we all want to receive the very best care and ensure we are being looked after properly. Bluebird Care puts you at the heart of everything they do, providing the highest level of care across Heywood, Middleton, Rochdale and Whitworth.

Fully trained and dedicated staff put you first, from the comfort of your own home.

Owned by local couple John and Beryl Keogh, who have returned to the area following 26 years of John’s service in the military, Bluebird Care Rochdale is a franchise of one of the UK’s largest provider of domiciliary health care for adults (over the age of 18).

Beryl has over 20 years’ experience working within a vulnerable person environment and has been working within the UK Care Sector since early 2013. Prior to that, she was primarily employed in children’s education, often within the Special Educational Needs (SEN) specialisation.

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John hopes to deliver challenging, realistic and enjoyable training and guidance to those that deliver care.

Bluebird Care UK first opened its doors in 2004 as a small family business dedicated to providing high quality homecare services, having grown into a leading care at home provider, delivering around 20,000 visits each day right across the country.

John said: “Our team at Bluebird Care Rochdale aim to deliver a homecare service that we would be happy for our family and loved ones to receive, and we look to support our customers to maintain their independence and lifestyle by providing the highest quality of homecare.

“We provide the very best possible care and are committed to building a relationship that you can trust and rely on.”

Each person’s unique qualities and needs are cared for on an individual basis: everyone is treated like a valued member of the family whilst allowing you to continue leading a rich and fulfilling life.

Remain in control of your own level of care with anything from short term assistance to long term support and care with Bluebird’s range of flexible services from companionship to personal care, assistance with various domestic requirements and support with social activities, such as:

  • Help you start the day or get ready for bed with aid in washing, dressing or getting changed
  • Assistance with taking, collecting or returning medication
  • Preparing meals
  • Collecting your pension
  • Help with shopping, from making a list to putting it all away
  • Help with your laundry or ironing and keeping your home clean and tidy
  • Going out for a walk, visiting friends or family, etc.
Bluebird Care also offers fantastic career opportunities
Bluebird Care also offers fantastic career opportunities

Bluebird Care also offers fantastic career opportunities with a number of different pathways allowing you to establish the most rewarding career choice there is.

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John  continued: “We aim to look after our carers as keeping our own people happy supports the fantastic work they do and maintains the continuity to the customer over the lifetime of their care.”

Working with some of the most vulnerable members of society can give you enormous satisfaction and offers you an opportunity to make a real difference to someone’s life by providing the best possible home care.

Source: Rochdale Online

Cambridgeshire and Norfolk home care company director nominated for ‘Female Entrepreneur of the Year’ at prestigious awards

August 31, 2018

Bluebird Care company director has been nominated for the ‘Female Entrepreneur of the Year’ award at a prestigious ceremony.

Carolyn Dailey, a Bluebird Care franchise owner, was nominated for the award, as part of the Forward Ladies Awards and Summit, by one of her colleagues for her “dedication and success since joining Bluebird Care”.

“The awards recognise the achievements of business women in the UK. They hope to encourage the growth of professional women through these awards by being a national platform to showcase their achievements and celebrate successful women across the UK,” a spokesman said.

Lily Crook, franchise relationship manager at HSBC Business Banking, who nominated Carolyn, said: “She began at Bluebird Care by opening the Newmarket and Fenland franchise.

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“She quickly became very successful in this area and decided to invest in a second franchise nearby, Bluebird Care Kings Lynn and West Norfolk.

“Having secured this second territory, Carolyn’s business endeavours have gone from strength to strength.

“Not only is the business financially successful, but Carolyn is incredibly passionate and really does care about the Bluebird Care brand and the customers her businesses serve.

“Carolyn is also extremely ambitious and is always looking for a new challenge to take on. She is looking to move premises while also tackling the other ambitions and goals she has for her businesses.

“Her determination and work ethic know no bounds and there is no doubt Carolyn will continue to make her businesses the best they can be.”

The Midlands regional final will be held on October 26 and is set to be a “wonderful evening”.

The winners from this, and the other regional finals, will be invited to appear before a live panel of independent judges in November, followed by the National Grand Final in Leeds on December 7.

Griselda Togobo, Forward Ladies Managing Director, said: “The FL National Awards and Summit will celebrate exceptional women and the contribution they make to the UK economy.

“Leaders, men and women will be brought together to discuss the transformative role that companies can play to support gender equality and the role a diverse work force will play in advancing UK competitiveness.

“Events like this are essential as we strive for gender parity and inclusive leadership”.

Source: Wisbech Standard