The combination of an ageing population and changes to the local social care structure has led to an imbalance and more people are now needed to provide care to enable elderly people to remain in their own homes as long as possible.
Jeremy Lane, owner of Home Instead in Hemel Hempstead and Chilterns said: “The impact of a national shortage of carers is being felt locally and creating problems for the elderly in particular.
“That’s why we have just released 60 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 company and social stimulation to elderly people, as well 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.”
On completion of their initial training, caregivers become eligible to receive the nationally recognised Care Certificate and can go on to gain further qualifications, such as Home Instead’s bespoke Alzheimer’s Care Training Programme, which is accredited by City & Guilds.
To find out more, call 01442 233599 or visit www.homeinstead.co.uk/hemelhempstead