A new service specialising in caring for older people in their own homes has opened its doors this week and hopes to create 50 new jobs in the area. Home Instead Senior Care is based at Brooke’s Mill in Armitage Bridge and will serve clients across the Kirklees area.
For co-owner James Little, this exciting new venture is a labour of love having been inspired by the family experience with his own grandparents.
James commented: “My grandmother Daisy was a university lecturer and was tutoring private pupils late into her retirement years. Although she needed help with some physical tasks, she was extremely astute. Gran did not like the package-style care she received and struggled with the anxiety created by a high turnover of strangers going into her home. My grandfather is thankfully still fit, able and fiercely independent and extremely sociable. He does not think of himself as an “older person” in the slightest and that’s the way my family and I like it! I was keen to make sure that if the time came, my family and I would put into practice the lessons learnt about senior care through experiences with Gran in order to find suitable at-home help.”
James had been thinking of starting his own company for some time when he discovered Home Instead. Having learnt about the company’s reputation for providing high quality, at-home care, James felt this was the perfect opportunity. He comments: “Home Instead echoes my ‘can do’ attitude to care. There is also an alignment of the opinion that when people reach a certain age, it should not be their age which becomes their defining characteristic, as is so often the case.”
“I am excited about providing flexible at-home care that is receptive to the needs of our clients and can help them to maintain their independence for as long as possible. Obviously in order to achieve these high standards I am frequently on the lookout for kind, compassionate and like-minded individuals who may be interested in joining the company and helping with the mission!”
In his spare time, James can be found running the local roads with Holmfirth Harriers Athletics Club. His love of running and fitness filters through into the Home Instead ethos as James is also involved in the delivery of a chair based version of the new Zumba fitness craze. The sessions are being delivered in local care homes and assisted living facilities to try and offer a more up to date and vibrant exercise option for older adults.
James says: “It is great to be able to involve older people in something that is so popular and so much fun! Having a good time, staying fit and healthy and facilitating social inclusion is almost easy when everyone is sitting in a circle having a bit of a giggle with each other!”
Home Instead Senior Care is changing the way care is delivered in the UK. 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 totally flexible to meet client needs and is available from as little as 1 hour to 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
For more information on joining the team or on the services provided, please call the Holmfirth office on 01484 661 921 or visit www.homeinstead.co.uk/kirklees