If you've ever wondered what real Superhero's look like; here you go!
Our dedicated team of CAREGivers are the true heartbeat of Home Instead Senior Care. We search high and low for people with the right personal qualities to ensure that all our Clients receive the best care and support. It's not always about professional experience; there are lots of individuals in our team that have supported family, friends and loved ones, and they make excellent CAREGivers.
Our aim to provide care and support to all our Clients as though they are an extension of our own family. Dignity, Independence and respect is at the core of everything we do.
Care Manager - Helen Thomas
Helen was previously care manager at a residential home in Huddersfield working with adults with learning disabilities, a post she held for 8 years before deciding it was time for a change. She then moved to a post at a residential care home for the elderly but soon decided that the job wasn’t for her, she didn’t feel that she would be able to make a difference. Having put her CV on the net in 2010, Helen was delighted when Home Instead owners Mick and Jenny Sheehan approached her to come and join the team. Helen said that she knew as soon as she spoke to Mick that the company ethos was in line with her personal beliefs and this would be a role where she could actually make an impact of other peoples’ lives. Commenting on her position, Helen said: “I have joined Home Instead Senior Care because I wanted to work in care for a quality driven provider with a genuine passion for the work that they do. I am very proud of the quality service that we are delivering and we are receiving fantastic feedback from both clients and caregivers. Mick Sheehan from Home Instead said, "Helen has a wealth of experience and is passionate about her work and the service we provide. She supports the team to ensure we deliver the highest possible level of customer care".
Recruitment & Training Manager - Debra Sparks
I am the Recruitment and Training Manager for Home Instead Saddleworth where I recruit CAREGivers to support people to continue living independently in their own homes. This role is essential in ensuring the cared for and caregiver are compatible which in turn will give the cared for a sense of continued independence, safety and dignity. I truly enjoy meeting and training new and existing caregivers and watching their ‘journey’ with Home Instead.
Last year I completed the train the trainer course with Home Instead and my QCF in Dementia and am currently training all our CAREGivers in the Home Instead Dementia Care Programme. This training is running alongside several Dementia Family Workshops we are running throughout the Oldham Borough. Along with all the other training we offer our CAREGivers this keeps me very busy.
Previous to this role I have worked with Oldham Carers Centre supporting natural carers and their families, this would include one to one emotional and practical support. At some point in our lives every one of us will be involved to some degree in looking after an older relative, a sick friend or a disabled family member. Caring can take its toll on finances, health, careers, family and social life so getting support and respite is essential for natural carers.
I have also worked with Age UK as a Shopping Service Manager and for many years in the retail field as an Optical Practice Manager and a Retail Customer Service Manager. I have a CIPD Certificate in Human Resources which helps me to support the Management Team.
Personally; I am married to Peter and have one son Jacob, I am from a large family, so very much enjoy getting together with my family and friends. I enjoy a good book, a good bottle of wine and love to cook.
My name is Emma I am the Recruitment & Retention Co ordinator at Home Instead Senior Care Oldham & Saddleworth. I began working for Home Instead as a CAREGiver as I have a passion for helping people and strongly believe in the values and ethos of the company and putting the individual first. I was able to progress into a weekend supervisor role supporting other CAREGivers and clients over the weekend, before taking up the opportunity to recruit our carers.
My background covers many areas. I have worked with adults with special needs and challenging behaviours assisting in accessing services, the community, at home and managing finances. I have also worked at an events management company in sales, events and as a PA to the managing director. I also worked part time at The Haggate pub in Royton managing food service, events and general duties. Plus other shorter terms jobs in accountancy and estate agency
I have AS levels in psychology, Law, Social Care and Drama along with medals in L.A.M.D.A (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) and have completed a Level 3 QCF in Health and Social Care Dementia Pathway along with Home Insteads’ City & Guilds Dementia training. One of my biggest achievements was being awarded a Chief Constable Commendation Award for talking a woman out of ending her life on a bridge in Failsworth. From this I was also awarded a Best Magazines Bravest Woman Award and came runner up in The Pride Of Oldham Awards.
Personally, I am engaged to Lynton and have a little boy, Keelan. I have a brother Scott who has Down’s Syndrome and a soon to be brother in Law James who has Autism who we see and support regularly. I come from a large family, am a generally happy and caring person who works very hard and enjoys a good chat.
Care Co-ordinator - Rachael Kemp
I joined the team at Home Instead in February 2015 as the Care Coordinator. My background is in scheduling, as well as administration and finance.
I decided to change my career path to have a more rewarding role and to make a difference to the lives of people in my community.
Personally I have cared for my mother who suffered from MS until she passed away and supported my dad in caring for my step mother who has recently had a hip operation.
Outside of work I enjoy reading, especially real life and crime thrillers. I have a wide circle of friends and enjoy socialising. I particularly enjoy having friends over for meals, sunday lunch being my speciality.
Assistant Care Manager - Natalie Taylor
I started work for Home Instead as a CAREGiver in September 2011. Before this I was working for a local authority service that was decommissioned.
In that role I worked closely with clients to support their independence and to help them to continue to live in their own homes. Home Instead has the same ethos which appealed to me.
I was an Independent Living Support Worker working with a diverse client group. For the two years prior to this role ending I was also a trusted assessor which enabled me to carry out functional assessments on individuals and prescribe equipment that would promote independent living and offer preventative measures.
I have level 3 NVQ in Social Care and since coming to Home Instead have completed my Moving & Handling assessor’s course and have completed the Home Instead City & Guilds Dementia Programme, along with all the regular training we receive.
Admin Assistant - Sharon Dunsmuir
My name is Sharon. I am the Administrative Office Assistant at Home Instead Senior Care Oldham and Saddleworth.
Owners - Mick and Jenny Sheehan
Mick and Jenny Sheehan live in Uppermill, a short distance from their High Street office, with their two children. Both Mick and Jenny went to Saddleworth comprehensive school. Jenny went on to do A levels before starting her career with the NHS where she works as a Nursing Sister in Oldham. Mick did 5 years' service in the Army before getting involved in the health and fitness Industry where he owned and ran two fitness centres.
Back in 2009 when the time was right for a new venture Mick and Jenny set out their criteria; ‘run a business that supports the local community and makes a real difference’.
Nearly six years on and at the time of updating this (September 2015), the team have supported over 450 clients with over 130,000 hours of care; had three excellent CQC (Care Quality Commission) inspection reports; received many thank you cards, letters and words of praise and currently employ a team of 50 and growing.
Mick works on a voluntary basis, with a consortium of services from the public and private sectors, on increasing the awareness and importance of Dignity in care and high quality Dementia services.
Over the last six years the quality of services provided by the Oldham and Saddleworth office have been recognised by winning two national awards and receiving nominations as finalists in another four awards.
“Hopefully we’re getting it right and if we are it’s because we employ a team of 'Superhero's' who really care and are willing to go the extra mile to provide the little things that make a big difference. We don’t run a care company; we are a company that cares.”
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- Lasting Power of Attorney & Will Making Session - 20th March 2017
- ‘Outstanding’ Oldham homecare company takes personal approach
- Free Scam Awareness Workshops in Oldham
- Free Dementia Workshop on 21st July 2016
- Dementia Awareness Week 2016 - Activities in Oldham
- A few words to explain how Home Instead are 'Making a Difference'
- Employment Open Day - Saturday 12th March 2016
- Turkey with 'Round Table' Trimmings for the Elderly in Saddleworth
- Stay Safe at Home in 2016
- Derek & Doris turn out to support hospice event
- Local School becomes Dementia Friendly thanks to Home Care company
- Local Care Company Receives Rave Reviews
- Oldham's Dementia Awareness Month is under way!
- Ever Wanted to be a Superhero?
- Santa to a Senior Campaign was bigger and better!
- Be A Santa To A Senior This Christmas!
- Dementia care specialists in Oldham & Saddleworth
- CQC Inspection proves quality service for Oldham Care Company
- Unquestionably the UK’s No. 1 – Latest report confirms top scores for Home Instead
- Home Instead Continues Working Towards a Dementia Friendly Oldham
- Senior Snipetts: Water - the Liquid of Life
- Oldham Home Care Manager Jumps in Memory of Mum
- Home Instead Senior Care Oldham & Saddleworth Join the Dementia Action Alliance
- Senior Snippets - Senior Fraud Protection
- Building a Dementia Friendly Oldham Event 28/02/2014
- First 'Family Dementia Workshop' of 2014 Announced
- Santa Made it to the Elderly in Oldham!
- Free Gifts for the Elderly in Oldham this Christmas from care company Home Instead & Tesco
- Home Instead is Announced as England's Top Home Care Provider
- Next Date for Family Alzheimer's & Dementia Workshop in Oldham Announced
- Free Dementia Training for Family Carers in Oldham
- Open Day & Birthday Celebration for Home Instead Oldham & Saddleworth
- Mayor to open Saddleworth At-Home Care Company’s New Office
- The Silver Line Helpline - supporting older people
- Snow Care in Oldham
- Oldham Home Care Companies Pride at Dignity & Dementia Champion Award
- Alzheimer's Training Launched
- Oldham Home Care Owner Raises Cash for Hospice
- Mega Run for Mick
- Oldham Home Care service supportsWorld Elder Abuse Awareness Day
- Oldham Home Care Company proud to share latest inspection results
- Home Instead Oldham Celebrates its 3rd Birthday
- At-home care company creates 50 jobs
- Oldham's Dignity Action Day a huge success!
- New role is just the job for caring Debra
- Oldham's Winter Wellbeing Event: 12th - 16th December 2011
- Oldham Home Care service shines in gloomy climate
- Amanda wins national award
- Coffee Morning
- Caring Amanda nominated for national award
- New care manager takes to the helm
- IT Funding helps Caregivers ‘Get Connected’
- Secretary of State for Health visits Oldham & Saddleworth
- Follow in Mary’s Footsteps
- Running north for a good cause!