Train for free to be a carer and friend for the el­derly

Macclesfield Express - - CHARITY ROUND-UP -

HOME In­stead Se­nior Care, which pro­vides care for the el­derly in their own homes, has an­nounced the re­lease of 30 free new year train­ing places for care givers as de­mand for care ser­vices spi­rals.

The Mac­cles­field branch is look­ing for peo­ple to come for­ward and be trained to pro­vide sup­port for the older gen­er­a­tion and help them to re­main in­de­pen­dent and liv­ing at home.

An age­ing pop­u­la­tion cou­pled with cuts to lo­cal so­cial care bud­gets has led to an im­bal­ance.

This means more peo­ple are now needed to pro­vide care which will en­able el­derly peo­ple to re­main in their own homes for as long as pos­si­ble.

Speak­ing about the need to train more staff, Les­ley Wright, the re­cruit­ment and re­ten­tion of­fi­cer at Home In­stead East Cheshire, based in Mac­cles­field, said: “The im­pact of a na­tional short­age of car­ers is be­ing felt lo­cally and is cre­at­ing prob­lems for the el­derly in par­tic­u­lar.

“In 2016 it’s time to care. That’s why we have just re­leased 30 train­ing places for peo­ple who wish to work in the care sec­tor.

“Our ser­vice is com­pan­ion­ship-based, so peo­ple don’t need to have ex­pe­ri­ence. What’s re­ally im­por­tant is that peo­ple have the right at­ti­tude and a car­ing and em­pa­thetic na­ture.

“The ser­vice we of­fer is fo­cused on pro­vid­ing much-needed com­pany and so­cial stim­u­la­tion to el­derly peo­ple as well, of course, as more tra­di­tional care ser­vices.

“We match clients and care givers based on shared in­ter­ests and, fol­low­ing ini­tial in­duc­tion train­ing, our care givers re­ceive ad­di­tional train­ing based on the in­di­vid­ual needs of the clients they are matched to.”

On com­ple­tion of their ini­tial train­ing, care givers will be­come el­i­gi­ble to re­ceive the na­tion­ally recog­nised Care Cer­tifi­cate and can go on to de­velop their skills with ad­di­tional qual­i­fi­ca­tions if they wish, such as Home In­stead’s Alzheimer’s Care Train­ing Pro­gramme.

Les­ley added: “Our award-win­ning ser­vice is pro­vided by a fab­u­lous team of ded­i­cated, car­ing and com­pas­sion­ate in­di­vid­u­als, all of whom are pas­sion­ate about mak­ing a dif­fer­ence to our clients’ lives.”

Any­one in­ter­ested in ap­ply­ing for one of Home In­stead’s train­ing places should call Les­ley on 01625 860992 or visit www.home­in­stead.co.uk/ eastcheshire.

●● Les­ley Wright, re­cruit­ment and re­ten­tion of­fi­cer at Home In­stead East Cheshire, based in Mac­cles­field

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