A local care company is urging former employees from hospitality, retail and other sectors to bring their valuable skills to the care sector.
As the pandemic brings unemployment and an uncertain future for the job market, Home Instead Lewes District and Uckfield, which has a number of care roles to fill, is urging local people to consider a career in care. While there are job losses in sectors such as hospitality and retail, the pandemic has caused a surge in demand for home care as people look to protect their loved ones.
Of the many caregiver jobs on offer, a number of them are for live-in caregivers who move into a client’s home to provide care.
Alison Scutt, director of Home Instead Lewes District and Uckfield, says: “Across the area people and businesses are suffering the devastating effects of the virus and we are all living in uncertain times. If you have faced redundancy and want to try something new, or are already performing a caring role, we’d love you to consider working for Home Instead as we seek to recruit enthusiastic and kind people to join our team of fantastic Caregivers.”
Caregiver Lucy who joined the company during the pandemic, comments: “I worked as cabin crew full time, pre-COVID, but I was furloughed. I was looking to do a part-time job in the care industry which fitted around childcare. I liked the sound of Home Instead because it didn’t seem like the visits were rushed as they are at least an hour. “
Caregiver Nikki, who also works for Home Instead Lewes District and Uckfield, said: “Before working for Home Instead I used to work with disabled children. I always wanted to do more in my old job but felt like I needed more training and there wasn’t the opportunity there, whereas Home Instead has the progression I am after. I feel safe at work and I know the clients feel safe with us too because we are wearing masks, gloves, other PPE and taking all the necessary precautions. The office has gone above and beyond for us providing support and protective equipment.”
Home Instead takes a unique, person-centred approach to home care, which benefits both Clients and the team. Clients are supported to live as independently as possible, by Caregivers that they come to know well and who visit for a minimum of an hour at a time.
Caregiver duties are tailored to the needs of individual clients and range from companionship, meal preparation, light housekeeping, post-discharge care, personal care, shopping and errands.
To find out more about Home Instead Lewes District and Uckfield and their caregiving vacancies, please call 01273 437040 or visit www.homeinstead.co.uk/lewes-district-uckfield/.