Changing the face of Homecare in Harrogate & Hambleton Districts

A CARING company’s unique philosophy which sees homecare and companionship go hand-in-hand has received standout ratings from its clients and employees in brand new independent research.

Home Instead with offices in Harrogate, Ripon and Thirsk delivers a relationship-led homecare service which helps older people to live in the comfort and familiarity of their own home as long as possible.

Its approach includes homecare visits that last a minimum of one hour, with older people matched to dedicated CAREGivers based on common interests. And there’s always time to talk with the Home Instead way - which keeps loneliness amongst an ageing population at bay.

Now Home Instead’s clients and CAREGivers in and around the Harrogate and Hambleton District have given the unique model a huge vote of confidence – as both a homecare provider and an employer in turn - 84% of clients would recommend Home Instead, 97% of CAREGivers are proud to work for the company and 92% of CAREGivers say they are given enough time to deliver the desired levels of care to clients.

Home Instead believes the new independent research, carried out in June this year, is living proof that there is a better way to deliver homecare*.

What clients said:

  • 100% say their CAREGiver takes an interest in them as a person
  • 97% say their CAREGiver is well matched to their needs
  • 94% rate the quality of the service as good or excellent

Delighted with the findings, local couple, Sheena and Andrew Van Parys, Owners of Home Instead Harrogate, Ripon and Thirsk, said: “We are committed to providing only the very best care and companionship to our clients and it is good to know that we are getting it right. We take time to care, both for our clients and our CAREGivers. It’s good to know that we are getting it right in their eyes too.

“Our calls are a minimum of one hour because we believe quality care can’t be delivered in less. And we make sure that our clients are well matched to their CAREGivers based on mutual interests. The survey results demonstrate just how important this is, as 97% of clients agreed that their CAREGiver is matched to their needs and 100% feel their CAREGiver takes an interest in them as a person. We believe relationship-led homecare has to have these core principles at its heart.

“But changing the face of homecare isn’t just about our clients. It is also about our CAREGivers, the incredible people who go the extra mile each and every day caring for their clients, special people who are recruited for their empathy and compassion.”

The results show that CAREGivers feel valued, respected and part of the bespoke Home Instead ethos: 100% understood why Home Instead is different from other care companies, 92% say they are given enough time to deliver desired levels of care to clients, 92% would recommend Home Instead to a friend or family member as a place to work, 97% would recommend its services to a friend and 100% say the recruitment process is good or excellent.

Sheena Van Parys added: “The results endorse the difference Home Instead is making to the lives of clients and CAREGivers in the Harrogate and Hambleton District every day. Together we are changing the face of homecare.”

For more information on Home Instead call Harrogate on 01423 774490, Ripon on 01765 530400 or Thirsk on 01845 440510 or visit


*The satisfaction survey was carried out in June 2015 by national independent market research company Smith & Henderson.