“You have the skills we need!”

A local care company is urging former employees from the hospitality and retail sectors to bring their valuable skills to the care sector.

As the pandemic brings unemployment and an uncertain future for the job market, Home Instead East Herts & Uttlesford, which has 30 care roles to fill, is urging local people to consider a career in care. While there are job losses in many sectors including financial services, the pandemic has caused a surge in demand for home care as people look to protect their loved ones.

David Bassett, director of Home Instead East Herts & Uttlesford, says: “The care service that we provide is all about companionship. Matching a client and a caregiver based on interests and personality is what sets us apart. These are tough times for us all, we want to reassure people that there are local employers still recruiting for rewarding and fulfilling roles”. 

Kate Rossier joined the company in November 2020. Commenting on her career transition, she said: “I was a chartered accountant, qualifying eighteen years ago. However due to the pandemic there has been less and less work. I found Home Instead through one of my good friends who has been a caregiver for a long time.

“Now just a few months down the line it’s the most rewarding job role I have ever had. Every evening I come home and feel that my day has been so rewarding; I love supporting seniors to live in their own home where they would rather be.”

Home Instead takes a unique, person-centred approach to home care, which benefits both clients and the team. Clients are supported to live as independently as possible, by caregivers that they come to know well and who visit for a minimum of an hour at a time. Caregivers’ duties are tailored to the needs of individual clients and ranges from companionship, meal preparation, light housekeeping, post-discharge care, personal care, shopping and errands.

To find out more about Home Instead East Herts & Uttlesford and their caregiving vacancies, please call 01279 721443 or visit www.homeinstead.co.uk/eastherts