Sale-born Alan Savage is returning to his old newspaper round but this time, aged 40, he’ll be delivering home care, not the daily news! With demand for care for the elderly on the increase Alan has just started his business with the Home Instead Senior Care organisation who specialise in this sector.
The new office, based in Broadheath, covers the Sale and Altrincham area and is a family affair as it is being run by Alan and his partner, Lucy Gill who are relocating to the area along with their baby Joe, to start a new life and the new business.
Alan was born and raised in Sale and whilst attending Sale Grammar School was a keen hockey player and cricketer at Brooklands Sports Club. He then went on to study mathematics and statistics at Bradford University before returning to Trafford to work for P&O at their Altrincham HQ.
At 23, Alan then realised an ambition by joining the Royal Navy, enjoying an officer’s commission of 8 years which latterly specialised in military security. With a desire to move back 'up north' and nearer home, Alan joined the Halifax Building Society at their Halifax HQ in 2001, specialising in risk management.
Whilst working in Yorkshire Alan met Lucy, who has a first class honours degree from Glasgow School of Art and had a professional career managing a design team for the US company Hallmark. Like many couples, a variety of factors led Alan and Lucy to consider changing their corporate careers, not least the birth of their son in April last year.
The couple’s ‘wish list’ included moving back to Trafford, doing something worthwhile and working together. They started to look at franchise opportunities and found Home Instead Senior Care. South Trafford was one of the few areas of Cheshire and South Manchester not yet covered by Home Instead and with Trafford Council playing a key role in shaping national improvements in adult social care it seemed the perfect match.
Commenting on their new service, Alan said: “Trafford Council have recently won an Innovation award for their person-centred care provision. This includes allowing people to take more control of the care that they are provided through the Direct Payments system. As Home Instead is nationally and internationally renowned as a provider of tailored care services then this allows us to meet the needs of council-supported clients as well as private clients.”
“I am also thrilled to be back in Trafford providing an invaluable service to the community. We are living in Sale and our new house is on the route of my childhood paper round – it is also close to the old hockey club where I always receive a warm welcome whenever I visit! This area is really personal for me as I know it so well – my mum, Jenny Edwards, has lived in Sale for over 40 years and I've lost count of how many aunts, uncles and cousins I have in Sale and Altrincham. They are also excited about my return and are now telling me how kind it is of me to come and look after them now they are getting old!
Home Instead are rapidly building a reputation as one of the UK’s leading care companies. Their service is tailored to the needs of individual clients and ranges from companionship, meal preparation, light housekeeping, post-discharge care, personal care, medication reminders, shopping and errands. The service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
For more information on the service provided, please visit www.homeinstead.co.uk or call the Broadheath office on 0161 870 1136 to talk to Alan or Lucy.