The Oldham and Saddleworth Team

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CAREGivers (Superhero's)

CAREGivers (Superhero's)

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

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

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.

 

 

Recruitment Co-ordinator

Recruitment Co-ordinator

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

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

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.

I have a passion for animals particularly my horses, which takes up most of my spare time!

 

Admin Assistant - Sharon Dunsmuir

Admin Assistant - Sharon Dunsmuir

My name is Sharon. I am the Administrative Office Assistant at Home Instead Senior Care Oldham and Saddleworth.

My background covers many areas from secretarial, banking, senior sales and working as a community carer. I also spent eight years living in Spain where I set up my own business running an internet cafe.

Personally I have two beautiful daughters Grace and Alice, both of whom I am very proud of. My partner is a Police Officer and works in the Firearms division of Greater Manchester Police. All of my spare time is devoted to my four huskies Storm, Blaze, Arctic and Kita which are my absolute passion. I quite often go ‘urban mushing’ with them which is classed as an extreme sport. I am a happy person and love to keep busy with an optimism and zest for life.

 

Owners - Mick and Jenny Sheehan

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.”

 

We found Home Instead Saddleworth to be an extremely professional, caring and reliable organisation at all levels.
The office staff ensured that all contact that we had with them was actioned, calls were always returned and we felt that we had got some one that would never let us down and make every effort for us all.
The carers were all extremely good. They were prepared to deal with any situation, major or minor, with good humour, while ensure my father-in-law's dignity, privacy and safety at all times.
While they are not cheap, Home Instead Saddleworth deliver a high quality service and we are very grateful for their care.

- David P (Son-in-law of Client)