Dozens of local people will be recruited and trained as new home care workers by Centra Care and Support as part of its mission to support vulnerable people at risk of rural isolation across the county. Figures show that 19,000 of rural Cambridgeshire’s over-65s has a long term health problem or disability. Of these, seven out of 10 currently live alone.
Centra has pledged to bring a wide range of support to vulnerable people as a result of the new roles. This includes personal care, support to access the local community and help with every-day tasks such as cooking and cleaning.
Angela Moore, 59, from March, has been working as a home care worker for Centra since February. She said: “I am often the only person that my ladies see on a daily basis so it is really important for me to be able to offer them that support and human contact. All my problems are left in the car when I arrive so that I can greet them with a great big smile and a sense of humour.
“There is one lady who looks out of her window waiting for me and has the back door open when I turn up. She is over the moon that I am her regular carer as she feels safer and more settled knowing who is visiting each day. This is the perfect job for anyone like me who has been a mother and understands what it takes to really care for someone and how to talk to them. I’d encourage anyone who would like to make a difference to the lives of older people in the community to call us to find out more.”
Contracts are available on both a permanent and fixed term basis with a variety of flexible working patterns and roles available across Cambridgeshire. A new website – www.centrahomecareworkerjobs.org.uk – has been launched by Centra to give more information on the jobs available.
Allyson Kay, Managing Director of Centra Care and Support said: “There is a desperate need for more home care for vulnerable people in Cambridgeshire, particularly among those living in the county’s smaller towns and villages. Statistics show 12,000 older people living alone across rural Cambridgeshire are without transport so will struggle to find the right help.”
“We’re increasing the level of support available by creating a huge number of jobs for local people. This is a great opportunity for anyone in Cambridgeshire who wants a new job that can make a real difference to someone’s life.”
The number of people aged 65 and over with a limiting long term illness is projected to increase by a quarter across Cambridgeshire by 2020. This means there will be 5,000 more sufferers in rural Cambridgeshire alone. More than 22,000 people aged 65 and over are predicted to be unable to manage at least one self-care activity by 2020, such as bathing or taking medicine.
Centra delivers expert home and community care services that help people to stay independent at home for longer and also provides a range of services to support those who need a safe and comfortable place to live, such as sheltered housing.
Call 01603 703878 or visit www.centrahomecareworkerjobs.org.uk to find out more information about the roles available.