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Forget Me Not
Like a raindrop on water, memory loss has a ripple effect. A person affected by memory loss may be frightened and grieving or coping with other symptoms of illness or ageing. But the emotional impact of memory loss has a profound impact beyond that person, affecting their family and friends, too. Being faced with the reality of someone you love losing their memory may mean facing a prolonged...Read More
What is memory?
The nature of our work means we face this question every day. What is memory, anyway? On the one hand, we know exactly what it is. Memory is a faculty of the brain. It is the means by which we encode, store, and retrieve data, as and when we need it. Memory is how we retain and process information over time, and it helps us make decisions in the future. When all of the connections in...Read More
Hellfire & Back raises over €8,500 for Bloomfield residents
We couldn't have asked for a more beautiful morning for our first Hellfire & Back sponsored walk. Over 40 individuals, including young volunteers from Scouting Ireland, gathered around the Bloomfield banner in the Hellfire Club carpark before 10am on a windy but sunny Saturday morning (21st September). Before the wind managed to take the banner skyward, we all set off on our invigorating...Read More
Bloomfield Mental Health Services welcomes new CEO
Former head of Pieta House named CEO of Bloomfield Mental Health Services. Brian Higgins takes over from Damien O’Dowd, who held the post for the previous seven years. Brian Higgins most recently held the position of CEO of suicide prevention charity Pieta House, which provides services free of charge to people suffering from suicidal ideation or who are engaging in self-harm, and to people...Read More
Bloom 2019 festival highlights
Phoenix Park was all in bloom over the June bank holiday weekend as the Bloom 2019 festival saw over a 100,000 gardening enthusiasts visit its exhibits. Mental Health and Well-Being featured prominently in some of the gardens designed, including the large ‘Grounded – Growing Conversations around Mental Illness’ garden and the smaller ‘Lidl Healthy Mind Healthy Planet Garden’. The...Read More
HD & Volunteering Week at Bloomfield
Many thanks to our amazing volunteers from the National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA) who came to Bloomfield during what was both National Volunteering Week and Huntington's Disease Awareness Week. The NTMA volunteers worked away (on a rare sunny day in Rathfarnham) to create a new Sensory Garden Area for all Bloomfield residents in our Wicklow Way courtyard. The new area includes...Read More
Happy Birthday, Bloomfield!
On March 16th 1812, the Bloomfield Retreat, as it was then known, welcomed the first patient through its doors. We marked this birthday in 2019 with a small celebration in memory of all the staff, volunteers and residents who have been part of the Bloomfield family over the last 207 years.Read More
Rehabilitation Symposium at Bloomfield
On the 1st February 2019, Bloomfield hosted a Rehabilitation Symposium - “Contemporary Rehabilitation Mental Health Services”, followed by a research session “Key Performance Indicators in Rehabilitation Mental Health Services”. The address was given by Professor Helen Killapsy from the Division of Psychiatry of the Faculty of Brain Sciences of University College, London. The...Read More
Happy 100th Birthday, Desmond!
We recently celebrated the 100th birthday of Desmond Cunningham, one of our many beloved residents in New Lodge Nursing Home. In addition to receiving the best wishes of our President, Mr Michael D Higgins, Desmond was congratulated by all his friends and carers throughout Bloomfield and beyond. He is pictured here with his daughter, Geraldine (R), and Claudia Musca (L), Person-in-Charge of New...Read More
Bloomfield Remembrance Service
On Tuesday the 27th of November Bloomfield held a Remembrance Service to celebrate the lives of those residents, patients, staff and directors who passed away over the last few years. Many thanks to all the families and friends who joined us in honouring the memories of those we cared for. Ní bheidh a leithéid ann arís.Read More