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“You have the Skills we Need!” Says Local Care Company Boss

Elaine loves her new role as a caregiver at Home Instead South Cheshire, a world apart from her old role as a seamstress

A local care company is urging former employees from the hospitality and manufacturing sectors to bring their valuable skills to the care sector.

As the pandemic brings unemployment and an uncertain future for the job market, Home Instead South Cheshire, which has 50 care roles to fill, is urging local people to consider a career in care. While there are job losses in sectors such as retail and leisure, the pandemic has caused a surge in demand for home care as people look to protect their loved ones.

The company are also looking to recruit 4 live-in caregivers, who move into a client’s home to care for them.

Nick Lamming, owner of Home Instead South Cheshire, says: “The home care services we provide are companionship led, so being friendly and chatty are skills which are essential for care. We match our clients to caregivers based on shared interests, helping to personalise our care services. People who used to work in customer-facing roles have these key skills and we are keen to chat to them to see if a career in care could be their next step.”

But their caregiver Elaine demonstrates that even those with a non-customer-service background can also find their calling in a care role. Elaine worked as a seamstress at a local textile company for 40 years.

Elaine commented: “I started working for Home Instead a month ago and I am really enjoying it- I wish I had made the move years ago! I love finding that I have common interests with my clients- a few weeks ago, I noticed a beautiful antique spindle in one of my clients homes, something which we openly chatted about and were interested in, creating a real bond over.

“I love looking after people and the rewarding feeling I get from making a real difference in a client’s life. I love working alongside the other caregivers and there is a real team spirit and feeling of camaraderie- every day is different, and it doesn’t feel like going to work.”

Home Instead takes a unique, person-centred approach to home care, which benefits both clients and the team. Clients are supported to live as independently as possible, by caregivers that they come to know well and who visit for a minimum of an hour at a time. Caregivers’ duties are tailored to the needs of individual clients and ranges from companionship, meal preparation, light housekeeping, post-discharge care, personal care, shopping and errands.

To find out more about Home Instead South Cheshire and their caregiving vacancies, please call 01270 611555 or visit the Home Instead South Cheshire web site.