A former Director of Great Ormond Street Hospital and Deputy Director of Public Health has returned to her Luton roots to set up a service specialising in caring for older people in their own homes in Luton and Central Bedfordshire.
Maria Collins has set up the latest office of Home Instead at Basepoint Innovation and Business Centre, Great Marlings in Luton.
Currently a trustee of Keech Hospice Care and the Faculty of Public Health, Maria has an exceptional record of achievement and a wealth of experience in the health sector which spans over 35 years
Raised and educated in Luton, Maria trained as a nurse at the Luton and Dunstable Hospital before moving to London as a specialist nurse working at five different teaching hospitals. She returned to Luton to set up a district–wide infection control service at the time that HIV first emerged in the UK. Having been sent to the USA on a study tour Maria set up the first community HIV support service outside London.
Whilst working as an independent health consultant, Maria has also used her nursing skills to care for the needs of both of her parents and supported a friend with motor neurone disease. Through this hands-on experience she believes, there are opportunities to continually improve and develop social care to meet the changing needs of our ageing population and those that have care needs arising from long term conditions. She says:
“I have returned to my nursing roots and developed a very strong vision of the way people should be cared for. I have seen for myself that with good quality care people can remain in their own homes for longer which is what so many people really want.”
Maria believes in this so strongly that she searched for a way to start a business that shared her ethos and delivered the level of care that she expects. When she came across Home Instead, she realised that she had found a company that shared her vision.
“I was really impressed with Home Instead. This was a company that was very proud of and, quite rightly, protective of its standards and I felt that they selected prospective franchisees very carefully which is something I respected them for.”
Maria is now looking to recruit people from the local area who would like to become a Caregiver. She continues: “We need people with caring and compassionate natures who want a rewarding and flexible career delivering care to people in their own homes. We offer full training so experience is not necessary but candidates may have had personal experience such as looking after a loved one which they have enjoyed.”
Away from the office Maria is a very keen cook and supporter of local charities, and has recently participated in the annual Hospice bereavement service. She is also preparing to do the Keech Midnight Walk and will take part in the Cancer Research Race for Life.
Home Instead is an award winning national company which is changing the way care is delivered in the UK and is rapidly building a reputation as one of the UK’s leading care companies. Their service is tailored to the needs of individual clients and ranges from companionship, meal preparation, light housekeeping, post-discharge care, personal care, medication reminders, shopping and errands.
For more information on joining the team or on the services provided, please call the Luton office on 01582 433749 or visit www.homeinstead.co.uk