Welsh Care Expert Supports IPPR Report
THE BOSS of an award-winning care organisation in Wales has endorsed the findings of a national report published today (April 24, 2014) by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR).
By 2030, the think tank estimates that there will be more than two million people aged 65 plus with no child living nearby to provide care if needed.
Peter Angelides from Abacare Ltd in North Powys, which has carers in England and Wales, explained: “I whole heartedly agree with this report given the domiciliary care we already provide in England, but I am also seeing this trend being mirrored in Wales too. We have seen demand for the services we offer increase steadily year on year and I don’t see this trend going away.
“People are turning to us to provide invaluable care to their loved ones as they are not able to do this themselves for a multitude of reasons including geography. As a result we are constantly needing to recruit more staff and currently have vacancies now in Wales alone for 200 carers.”
The IPPR report estimates that, of the two million people it says will have no child living nearby to care for them in England in 2030, 230,000 will need more than 20 hours of care per week.
Peter added: “Thousands of people in their 60s and 70s today could be left to cope on their own so it is really important we, the government and other health organisations put in the building blocks now to get ready for the future.
“Every successful applicant with us receives full training, which includes a company induction, first aid, information on dementia, health and safety, food safety, infection control, handling medication and moving and handling service users.
“We also offer the Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF), formerly known as National Vocational Qualifications, to all our team members based on their commitment, reliability and true passion. We provide a great support network for all of our carers.”
Abacare has recently launched a massive recruitment campaign to fill its new vacancies. Recently the number of new staff needed has increased dramatically due to further business developments including a significant contract to supply care in North Powys for the service users of Powys Council.
Peter added: “We have more and more job opportunities on offer to the right candidates.
At the moment we have numerous vacancies for Office Managers, Recruitment Managers, Co-ordinators, Supervisors, Senior Community Carers and Community Carers.
“Being a social care worker is a very rewarding job and gives people the opportunity to carve a career out for themselves.”
Abacare is looking for kind, committed and reliable people, who have excellent communication skills and a genuine care for others.
Peter added: “Being reliable is key to this role as people will be looking after the needs of vulnerable adults. Applicants also need to be even tempered and caring and must enjoy making a positive difference to people’s lives.
“Being patient, able to cope with change and having the ability to display empathy and warmth are also essential.”
Abacare operates a professional Care Management Team that is committed to providing high quality care to individuals in their own homes.
The large team of trained, specialist, care workers provide positive based outcomes and person centred care to people throughout the UK.
It is a member of the United Kingdom Homecare Association, Ceretas (formerly British Association of Domiciliary Care), The National Homecare Council and The Information Commissioners Office (Data Protection). It is also registered with the Care Social Services Inspectorate Wales.
The company was also recently awarded an Investors in People accolade for its staff training and development.
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