A FRODSHAM-based care company is urging former employees from the hospitality, retail and travel 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, which has a dozen care roles to fill, is urging local people to consider a career in care. While there are job losses in sectors such as travel and leisure, the pandemic has caused a surge in demand for home care as people look to protect their loved ones.
Brian Moynihan, owner of Home Instead Frodsham said: “Our care service sees caregivers matched to clients based on shared interests and much of the care is companionship based. People in retail and hospitality tend to be friendly, chatty and these skills are essential for care. That’s why we are so keen to speak to these people.”
Sandra joined the company this year after working as a member of a cabin crew for 20 years. This year, she chose to take voluntary redundancy and begin a career in caring, something she had wanted to do since caring for her own mother.
She said: “I joined Home Instead with no experience, but a desire to help people live independently in their own homes, as my mother had wanted.
“I received excellent training and a wealth of support, alongside learning so much whilst being active in the role. The job satisfaction of being a caregiver is absolutely immense- I feel I am actually making a difference to people who deserve it, and I love the time I spend with my clients. Every day is different, always rewarding, and never feels like work.
“My career change is most definitely one of the best decisions I have made, I just wish I’d made it years ago.”
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.