CAREGiver Catch Up

Parkinson’s is the fastest growing neurological condition in the world, and it is estimated that one in 37 people alive today in the UK will be diagnosed with Parkinson’s in their lifetime. With over 40 symptoms, from tremor to insomnia and anxiety, the condition varies from person to person and there is no cure. At Home Instead, many of our CAREGivers have undergone specialist training to enable them to better understand the needs of people living with Parkinson’s, across Exeter and East Devon. The training has come about thanks to a special partnership with Parkinson’s UK, the leading national charity supporting people with Parkinson’s, their friends, family, and carers.  

Home Instead UK carried out research amongst its franchise offices, ours included, and identified a high number of clients living at home with Parkinson’s. The need for specialist care to better support people with Parkinson’s became evident, and we wanted to ensure that we were delivering the best possible quality of care for people to live well at home.

As a result of the initiative, one such Exeter & East Devon team member benefitting from the training programme is Kate, who joined the company in 2017. Having completed a Level 3 Diploma in Lead Adult Care (supported by Home Instead), Kate wanted to develop her knowledge and skills and embarked firstly on the Understanding Parkinson’s Learning Programme in 2018. This course was conducted by Mark and Vanessa McGlade, our Owner/Directors of Home Instead Exeter & East Devon, in conjunction with UK Parkinson’s Excellence Network. After achieving a well-deserved Distinction at this Level, Kate was then offered the opportunity to continue her learning, by completing the Parkinson’s Train the Trainer course, in 2019. This prepared participants for conducting their own training to other team members, building the skills across the Home Instead team, and of course benefiting those clients living with Parkinson’s.

The prospect of training others hasn’t phased Kate, as her former life as a secondary school PE Teacher meant that she was comfortable with learning, and with the prospect of teaching skills to others. “It’s a great course, and having completed the initial Understanding Parkinson’s training, I knew that I wanted to learn more. It’s good for my CV and has allowed me to divert my care career. I now divide my time between home care in the community with our lovely clients, and being part of the office admin team, where I get to support fellow CAREGivers and provide training options for them. It offers me the best of both worlds.” This by no means marks the end of Kate’s learning journey, as she hopes to take full advantage of the new Personalised Career Pathways in Care & Management scheme, set up by the Exeter & East Devon leadership team, and will soon be embarking on her Level 4 Diploma, as a Lead Practitioner in Adult Care. The new initiative offers learning opportunities to all team members whatever their goals, and is fully supported by the company, as part of their drive to raise the profile of care as a career, highlighting the many benefits it offers for progression, and fulfilment.

Vanessa McGlade, our Owner at Home Instead Exeter and East Devon says, “We are delighted to work with Parkinson’s UK so that our staff are trained to the highest quality and feel confident in their knowledge and understanding of the condition. Equipping our CAREGiver team members with relevant skills in order to offer the best care, has always been at the forefront of our training plans.”

Parkinson’s is complex, but by delivering the right care, our staff can greatly contribute to improving the quality of life for people living with the condition and support them to maintain their independence at home for longer. We also hope that families will be assured that they do have a choice when it comes to care options for their loved ones.”

If you’re interested in learning a little more about the role of CAREGiver and how you could start your own learning journey, take a look at our Personalised Career Pathways overview, HERE, or give Tracy, our Recruitment Coordinator a call. Or, why wait? Apply in minutes HERE.

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