Local homecare provider, Home Instead Senior Care, has announced the release of 100 free New Year training places for caregivers as demand for care services spirals.

A perfect storm of an ageing population and cuts to local social care budgets has led to an imbalance and more people are now needed to provide care which will enable local elderly people to remain in their own homes for as long as possible.

Speaking about the need to train more staff, David Moore of Home Instead in Stockport said, “The impact of a national shortage of carers is being felt locally and creating problems for the elderly in particular. In 2018, it’s time to care.

“That’s why we have just released 100 training places for people who wish to work in the care sector. Our service is companionship-based so people don’t need to have experience. What’s really important is that people have the right attitude and a caring and empathetic nature.

“The service we provide is focused on providing much-needed companionship and social stimulation to elderly people as well, of course, as more traditional care services. We match clients and caregivers based on shared interests and following initial induction training, our caregivers receive additional training based on the individual needs of the clients they are matched to. I want to raise awareness, banish preconceived ideas of what care is all about and inform people on how rewarding working in care can be.”

On completion of their initial training, CAREGivers will become eligible to receive the nationally recognised Care Certificate  and can go on to further develop their skills with additional qualifications should they wish. Great examples of this is Home Instead’s bespoke Alzheimer’s Care Training Programme and End of Life Care Training Program which are accredited by City & Guilds.

David Moore added, “Our award-winning service is provided by a fabulous team of dedicated, caring and compassionate individuals, many of whom work part-time and all of whom are passionate about making a difference to their clients’ lives.”

“Being a CAREGiver with Home Instead can be a wonderfully rewarding career for compassionate people and the new “#youcancare” campaign will champion all the positive aspects of care”.

Anyone interested in applying for one of Home Instead’s training places should contact Clare on 0161 480 0646 or visit www.homeinstead.co.uk

A group of Home Instead CAREGivers talking
Family welcoming a Home Instead care manager into their home