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WHY WORK AS A CARER?

Ghandi said “A Nation’s greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members”, at A Ghrá we believe that we are very fortunate to be able to help those less fortunate in our society, we do this by providing excellent high-quality homecare services to the vulnerable members of our community.

If you enjoy working with people and enjoy a role where you have one to one interaction with others, then caring is the profession for you. If you enjoy taking care of and helping vulnerable people, then this is the career for you. Can you describe yourself as Patient, Reliable, Caring, Trustworthy, Compassionate and Flexible, then this is a role that you will enjoy and excel at. If you enjoy working and communicating with older adults and feel you can get along with a variety of older adults then this is a career for you.

Staff News

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Continuous Improvement ISO 9001: 2015 Certification

In order to achieve our vision and goal to be the most trusted provider of home care services in the West of Ireland, exceling in the provision of high-quality home care, A Ghrá embraces a culture of continuous improvement. Most recently we have invested in further developing our Quality Management System and have successfully achieved […]

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Carer of the Quarter Q2 2022

We are delighted to acknowledge the great work of our Carer Patricia and thank and acknowledge this great work on behalf of her clients and colleagues. Keep up the great work.

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Department of Health’s Public Consultation on Draft Regulations for Providers of Home Support Services.

The link below will bring you to a survey site which will allow you to submit your views on the proposed new government  regulations on homecare provision. It is important you take the time to read the draft regulations and more important that you submit your own personal opinions in the survey. The survey closes […]

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COVID 19 Its Not gone away

Some simple steps that will help keep us all safe.

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Importance of Good Hand Hygiene Practice and Proper Glove Use

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WHO International Hand Hygiene Day 2022

Hi All Please click on the link below to view a vide from the World Health Organisation promoting the importance of Hand Hygiene Unite for Safety https://youtu.be/Z7lg2ZmOKVA

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Revised HSE guidance for Infection Prevention and Control Measures

The HSE have published the following infection prevention and control guidance which can be found at the link below. Part 2 pages 11-25 are particularly applicable to carers operating in the Client’s homes. Please click on the link and take  the time to read. https://scanner.topsec.com/?t=db2ec4bb83600d35a22876678e1949cbb7b0cd1a&d=2120&r=show&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.hpsc.ie%2Fa-z%2Frespiratory%2Fcoronavirus%2Fnovelcoronavirus%2Fguidance%2Fhomecarevisitsguidance%2FCOVID-19%2520IPC%2520Guidance%2520for%2520%2520HCW.pdf    

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Martha Kirrane Carer of the Quarter Q3 2021

Apologies for the delay in getting this picture published but it shows Majella Connern presenting Martha kirrane with her Carer of the Quarter award for Q3 2021. On behalf of your many grateful Clients, ‘thanks Martha’ for all your great work.

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Carer of the Quarter Q4 2021 Angela Moran

Its difficult to single out one Carer when you are all doing such great work. A Ghrá used the opportunity at its recent meeting in Mayo to formally and publicly recognoise Angela Moran for all the great work she does as a Carer in Mayo. On behalf of your Clients and your Colleagues in A […]

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Mayo Carers Focus Group to Discuss A Ghrá’s new Carer Development Pathway

A picture paints a thousand words as they say. This is a picture of some of our Mayo Carers with  Arthur Connern (CEO A Ghrá) and Bridget Curley (Mayo Care Supervisor) following a recent focus group arranged to discuss industry trends and challenges and how A Ghrá intends to tackle many of those challenges with […]

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Client Survey Results 2021

Client Survey 2021 An anonymised survey of all clients was initiated in Q 4 2021, this survey has been completed annually for the last 6 years, . Its purpose to gauge the loyalty of our clients, as we believe our client’s are the best gauge of the quality of our service provision. Alayacare reported in […]

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A Ghra Caregiver for Q 1 2021

It took us a while to get the photograph but we are delighted to acknowledge Mary for all the great work she does for her Clients in Mayo, Thanks Mary from all in A Ghrá keep up the great work

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Training and Employment Opportunities with AGHRA

If you or someone you know are interested, Please contact us for informal discussion, all our contact details are below

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Covid 19 Booster Shots

Hi All Please see the attached HSE presentation containing information regarding recommendations on receiving Covid 19 booster shots. Just click on the link and download the information Booster COVID-19 Vaccine Partner Pack

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Roper Logan & Tierney Model of Assessment of Activities for Assisted Daily Living

“Every day is a school day” A Number of A Ghrá Staff underwent 3 days of training based on the Roper Logan & Tierney Nursing Model of Assessment used to construct personalised care plans to support our clients to live independently in their homes. The picture shows John Conroy (course Tutor) and some of our […]

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Get the Vaccine

This picture depicts the likelihood that a person who does not get the vaccine will end up in hospital and on a ventilator.  It shows the actual number of patients in a hospital in America.  Those in white are vaccinated and those in blue are not, as can be seen while being vaccinated does not […]

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A Ghrá Carer of the Year 2020

Due to the Pandemic we were a little delayed in publicly acknowledging the A Ghrá Carer of the year for 2020, the photo depicts Aine being presented with flowers and a small gift by Arthur Connern (CEO) and Bridget Curley (Care Supervisor) outside our head office at The Mall in Tuam. Colm, A Ghrá’s Care […]

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Carer of the Quarter Q4 2020

Congratulations to Vyvette Harrison White who we are pleased to announce as the Caregiver of the Quarter for Q4 2020. Vyvette’s professionalism and her willingness to provide cover at short notice was very much appreciated as it ensured continuity of care for our clients  

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A Ghrá Caregiver of the Quarter Q3 2020

Arthur Connern CEO of A Ghrá care services Ltd acknowledged the hard work and dedication of A Ghrá’s Care staff during these difficult Covid-19 Pandemic times.   Each carer received a certificate and a small token of appreciation     Thanks once again for your continued hard work, dedication and professionalism during these difficult times.

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Wellbeing and Mindfulness during the Covid Pandemic

A new video-based mental wellbeing programme called Minding Your Wellbeing is now freely accessible. Brought to you by HSE Health and Wellbeing, this evidence-based programme provides a unique opportunity for people to learn more about mindfulness, gratitude, self-care and resilience. As we continue to adapt our lifestyles to deal with COVID-19 and are faced with different […]

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Sara Stedy Mobility Aid: A Short Youtube video defining the when & where and How to use.

This link will bring you to a youtube video depicting the use of the Sara Steady https://youtu.be/0_lRKuvaVqc?t=94

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COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control Guidance for all healthcare and social care workers who visit homes to deliver healthcare

Please use this updated link (it now reflects the reduction in the isolation period to ten days, see pages 5 and 6) to access the comprehensive guidance for Health Care workers delivering care in Clients Homes. It is a very comprehensive document (published by Heath Protection Surveillance Centre) if you have the time please read […]

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Congratulations to A Ghrá’s Carer of the Quarter Kerry Wallis

Congratulations to Kerry Wallis (L) who was selected as Carer of the Quarter, Bridget Curley (R) our Mayo Care Manager presents Kerry with her Certificate . Thank you Kerry, on behalf of your clients and all at A Ghrá for your hard work and professionalism.

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Manual Handling and People Moving Course

A group photo  (cognisant of social distancing) of A Ghrá’s carer who recently completed their MHPM refresher training course, ensuring that their clients and themselves are best protected when their is a requirement to aid mobility or to carry or move any weighted objects in the course of providing excellent service to our clients. We […]

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Five Year Loyalty Award

Eileen Cooke receiving her 5 Year Loyalty award from Arthur Connern CEO A Ghrá and Colm Muldowney Operations Manager; acknowledging her brilliant service and loyalty to the most vulnerable in our society. Thank you for your service Eileen.

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WHY WORK FOR A GHRÁ

At A Ghrá we are committed to treating our clients and staff with the utmost respect, compassion and empathy and seek only to employ, educate, and train great carers in order to ensure excellent service delivery to our clients. If you want to be part of a “Team” that is committed to excellence and quality, who are supported and encouraged every step of the way, come to A Ghrá. If you would like to continue to develop and grow as a carer then A Ghrá is the place for you. At A Ghrá we are committed to ensuring we all behave and act in accordance with our core values of Excellence, Customer Service, Ownership, Recognition, Professionalism, Personal Development, Teamwork, Honesty and Commitment. We acknowledge and reward; effort, performance, loyalty, education and experience. We encourage, support and reward continued professional development. At A Ghrá we employ a state of the art software scheduling system that enhances, supports and creates efficiencies for both carers and clients. This simple to use app provides secure easy access to your schedule, client care plans, regularly used forms and proforma, messaging and relevant information at the click of a button. At A Ghrá we feel quality is every bodies responsibility and are committed to ensuring high quality in everything we do. Our Quality Management System has been independently audited and certified by the Excellence Ireland Quality Association (EIQA, is Ireland’s National Quality Association since 1969). Our industry is quite rightly regulated, and there are certain minimum requirements that must be met to work as a professional carer, these change from time to time but currently are as follows:

Education Requirements:

Obtained at a minimum* QQI Level 5 Modules- Care Skills and Care of the older Person

Hold a Current Patient and Handling Certificate which included hoist training.

Ideally hold a Current First Aid (PHECC validated) certificate.

Training

Complete the following mandatory training courses; Children First, Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults, Infection Control and Specified Induction training**

*A Ghrá will encourage and support our carers to continue their education to achieve the full major health care award.

** A Ghrá conducts a comprehensive induction training programme for all newly hired carers in compliance with HSE requirements

Garda Vetting: All carers must receive Garda clearance before commencing work with A Ghrá.

For further informal discussion call 09360716 and ask for the operations manager or contact us using the contact details found in the contact tab or indeed fill out an online application using the applicant link also provided below; we will respond and contact you usually within 2 working

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