Help support NHS by being a carer & keeping vulnerable safe at home
A WELSH home care provider is keeping the vulnerable and elderly at home and away from the NHS during the COVID-19 crisis, but it urgently needs more staff to help (April, 2020). Abacare says that it’s essential work in the community means it’s protecting those who need care at home, shielding them from the virus while also relieving pressure on the NHS. Sarah Williams, Branch Manager at Abacare, which has offices in Rhondda Cynon Taf (RCT) and provides care in the surrounding areas, said: “We’re supporting our colleagues in the NHS wholeheartedly, as we do on a daily basis already, by providing invaluable care for those who need it at home. “By maintaining their health at home, we’re helping keep them safe. We’re ensuring they take their prescribed medication and we’re caring for their physical and emotional well-being every day. All this helps prevent adding additional pressure on the NHS and its resources, which we know will be under considerable strain in the coming months. “However, we need to boost our team numbers immediately, so we can continue to protect our service users and the NHS. We’re calling on anyone who is currently fit and healthy but unable to work, following business closures and restrictions, to help us in their own communities.” Abacare can offer full training and paid work immediately to anyone willing to become a professional home carer in Wales. Sarah added: “We’re urging anyone who needs work and feels they can help us to get in touch immediately. If you’ve previously had a customer-facing role, then you’ll have transferrable skills and we can give you full, professional training too. You will be doing invaluable work supporting those most in need, while, also, protecting the NHS.” Abacare is urging anyone who needs full-time or part-time, flexible paid work and who has recently been made redundant or laid-off, or who is looking for work for other reasons, to get in touch for an interview. Sarah continued: “We’ll do Skype or Facetime interviews, so you don’t have to leave home unnecessarily. If you are fit and well and want to make a real difference to people’s lives and wish to support the NHS during this crisis, we can train you quickly. “Please call our RCT branch on 01443 742645. Our office team will be able to have a chat with you and they will be able to set up interviews via Skype or Facetime to talk you through everything. “We will be able to provide our free, full training on a fast-track basis to make sure everyone we take on is ready. This includes a company induction, first aid, information on dementia, health and safety, food safety, infection control, handling medication and moving and handling service users, with the opportunity to achieve Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF) after the initial three months probationary period. “New recruits are given free uniforms, access to national staff discount scheme for all major brands as well as 28 days paid holiday, paid travel between calls and paid mileage.” 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. Abacare’s core values, instilled into every staff member, include ‘make us proud’, ‘focus on our service users’ wellbeing’, ‘communicate, listen well and speak with respect’, ‘be passionate, honest, caring and considerate’, ‘recruit and develop the very best’ and ‘lead by example’. It believes it offers inspiring work for inspirational people as well as a flexible and supported working environment. Abacare 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 Inspectorate Wales. For more information or to enquire about a position at Abacare, please call 01443 742645 or visit www.abacare.org.uk. Alternatively, please follow the company on Facebook at http://bit.ly/2vScT97 or on Twitter by visiting www.twitter.com/visitabacare.