Care Assistants in Drumquin, Newtownstewart & Gortin

Glen Caring is recruiting Full-time, Part-time & Banking community care assistants in the Drumquin, Newtownstewart and Gortin area. It’s a rewarding job and we believe in investing in our staff.

The hours involved in these jobs may suit those who need the flexibility that a 9 to 5 job doesn’t offer. Details of hours involved as follows:

Full-time:  Morning, lunch & tea run (7am-6pm working a 3 and 4-day pattern on a fortnightly cycle)

Part-time:  Evening runs (7-11pm working a 3 and 4-day pattern on a fortnightly cycle)

Week 1 – rostered to work Monday, Tuesday, Saturday & Sunday;

Week 2 – rostered to work Wednesday, Thursday & Friday. 

Banking:  as and when you are available

 

Being a care assistant

Looking after people is a very rewarding and satisfying job because you know that the care you are providing is enabling someone to fulfil their desire of staying at home for as long as possible, supported with dignity by people who care. In return, Glen Caring offers care assistants the following:

  • Excellent rates of pay
  • Mileage
  • Paid Training Provided
  • Free Uniform
  • Flexible Rota’s
  • Availability for guaranteed hours in selected areas
  • NVQ qualification in Health and Social Care available
  • Additional Training opportunities

Essential Criteria for Care Assistants

If you are interested in working as a care assistant with Glen Caring, then you will need a full driving licence and access to a car.

 

About Glen Caring

Glen Caring has been providing home care services since 1995. Today our team of trained carers and office/management staff enable our clients to remain at home with confidence and reassurance.  With the help of our care assistants, our clients can enjoy an improved quality of life and can live as independently as possible in the community they know and love.

You will receive a full training induction before starting work and we’ll support you to gain accredited qualifications, which will develop you professionally and teach you new skills. So while you’re caring, you will be developing personally and professionally and you’ll also be enjoying the more immediate rewards of a competitive salary, working in a team of highly motivated people and in a flexible working environment.  You can find out more about Glen Caring on our website.

What you need to do now

If you feel that you have what it takes to be part of the Glen Caring team, then find out more: call Leah today for an application on: 028 8225 2666 or email us at: hrglencaring@gmail.com

 

Our Dementia Friendly Champions

Glen Caring’s new Dementia Friendly Champions

Glen Caring are very proud to announce our completion of the Dementia Friendly Communities Programme. The 10 staff who took part are now Dementia Friendly Champions and will train other staff in turn.

“The programme facilitates the creation of dementia-friendly communities across the UK,” says Glen Caring general manager Linda Beckett, who took part in it herself. “Everyone, from governments and health boards to the local corner shop and hairdresser, share part of the responsibility for ensuring that people with dementia feel understood, valued and able to contribute to their community.”

“Glen Caring decided to get involved in this programme as we recognise a strong need for care and support for those with dementia and their families, and whilst we have our general dementia training in theory, we wanted to delve more into the practicality of working with someone with dementia. We wanted to look at the person as an individual with dementia and explore how we can offer them the best possible care and so we felt the best way to do this was to upskill our staff. “

Linda felt the programme equipped her “much better as a manager when visiting families and clients with dementia. I have a much better understanding and knowledge of dementia now, which has given me a sense of value when meeting with someone with dementia. I feel more confident in that I can relate to their world.”

“Before this, I feel had the theory of how best to support someone with dementia, but now I can engage practically on the best approach to improving the lives of those with dementia and their families.”

Linda says this specialist programme will enable Glen Caring to make a positive difference to the lives of those suffering dementia and their families. Other members of the Glen Caring team who took part in the programme included the following experienced carers:

  • Catherine McCallion
  • Claudine McLaughlin
  • Mandy Nicholl
  • Debbie McNally
  • Deirdre Donnell
  • Sheree Campbell
  • Justin Tarr
  • Vanessa Buchannan
  • Louise O’ Kane

Some of our Dementia Champions have commented:

‘The programme has made me much more aware of how best to work with individuals with dementia and this is because I have a much better understanding of dementia. The programme has been extremely influential on my approach as a carer, and I feel I can make a difference to the life of someone with living with dementia from what I have learned.’

‘I have already implemented what I have learned from the programme in my daily role as a carer, I have a much better understanding of my clients with dementia and I feel I am also a much greater support now for their families. I have also continued to guide other carers on their approach to dementia clients which have been very positive.’

‘As a Dementia Friendly Champion I feel I have a greater insight into the full extent of dementia and I am confident that I can have a positive impact of someone with dementia. I was less aware before and had a more generalist approach to dementia rather than an in-depth individual approach. I am confident that this something I can advocate and influence across staff in Glen Caring.’

Having successfully completed the programme Glen Caring are pleased to announce these staff members are now Glen Caring Dementia Friendly Champions, says Linda Beckett. “Our Dementia Friendly Champions will train and mentor all Glen Caring staff on essential information about the personal impact of dementia and what they can do to have a positive influence on anyone affected by dementia.”

“We feel this additional knowledge and expertise offers a little extra to our packages, providing further comfort and confidence to individuals suffering dementia and their families.”

If you are interested in working as a care assistant with Glen Caring, then call Leah for an application on: 02882252666 or email us at: hrglencaring@gmail.com

Community Care Assistants required in Ballymoney & Coleraine

Glen Caring are recruiting Part-time & Full-time care assistants in the Ballymoney and Coleraine area. It’s a rewarding post and we believe in investing in our staff.

Looking after people is a very satisfying job because you know that the work you do helps someone fulfil their desire to stay at home for as long as possible, supported with dignity by people who care. In return , Glen Caring offers care assistants the following:

•             Excellent rates of pay

•             Mileage

•             Paid Training Provided

•             Free Uniform

•             Flexible Rota’s

•             Availability for guaranteed hours in selected areas

•             NVQ qualification in Health and Social Care available

•             Additional Training opportunities

Essential Criteria

If you are interested in working as a care assistant with Glen Caring, then you will need a full driving licence and access to a car.

 

About Glen Caring

Glen Caring has been providing home care services since 1995. Today our team of trained carers and office/management staff enable our clients to remain at home with confidence and reassurance.  With the help of our care assistants, our clients can enjoy an improved quality of life and can live as independently as possible in the community they know and love.

You will receive a full training induction before starting work and we’ll support you to gain accredited qualifications, which will develop you professionally and teach you new skills. So while you’re caring, you will be developing personally and professionally and you’ll also be enjoying the more immediate rewards of a competitive salary, working in a team of highly motivated people and in a flexible working environment.

What you need to do now

If you feel that you have what it takes to be part of the Glen Caring team, then find out more: call Leah today for an application on: 028 8225 2666 or email us at: hrglencaring@gmail.com

We are recruiting male and female carers

Glen Caring is recruiting male and female carers

The Glen Caring social care agency is seeking to recruit male and female care assistants for Sitting Services in all of our areas across the North West.

Our Sitting Services offer our clients flexibility so we need carers who can work flexible hours. We have vacancies for Sitting Service carers in the following areas:

  • Derry
  • Omagh
  • Strabane
  • Ballymena
  • Antrim
  • Garvagh
  • Kilrea
  • Coleraine

Looking after people is a very rewarding and satisfying job because you know that the care you are providing is enabling your service user to fulfil their desire of staying at home for as long as possible, supported with dignity by people who care. In return , Glen Caring offers care assistants the following:

  • Excellent rates of pay
  • Mileage
  • Paid Training Provided
  • Free Uniform
  • Flexible Rota’s
  • Availability for guaranteed hours in selected areas
  • NVQ qualification in Health and Social Care available
  • Additional Training opportunities

Essential Criteria

If you are interested in working as a care assistant with Glen Caring, then you will need a full driving licence and access to a car.

About Glen Caring

Glen Caring has been providing home care services since 1995. Today our team of trained carers and office/management staff enable our clients to remain at home with confidence and reassurance.  With the help of our care assistants, our clients can enjoy an improved quality of life and can live as independently as possible in the community they know and love.

You will receive a full training induction before starting work and we’ll support you to gain accredited qualifications, which will develop you professionally and teach you new skills. So while you’re caring, you will be developing personally and professionally and you’ll also be enjoying the more immediate rewards of a competitive salary, working in a team of highly motivated people and in a flexible working environment.

What you need to do now

If you feel that you have what it takes to be part of the Glen Caring team, then find out more:

Call Leah today for an application on: 02882252666 or email us at: hrglencaring@gmail.com

Why specialist training is so important in Dementia care

Caring for a loved one with dementia poses many challenges for families and carers. People with dementia from conditions such as Alzheimer’s and related diseases have a progressive brain disorder that makes it more and more difficult for them to remember things, think clearly, communicate with others, or take care of themselves. In addition, dementia can cause mood swings and even change a person’s personality and behaviour.

At Glen Caring, we know all too well that working with dementia clients can be challenging, but it’s also be very rewarding. Providing specialist dementia training for our carers makes a huge difference, in the following ways:

  • It explains the biological components of dementia care (anatomy/physiology of the brain and differing dementias)
  • It helps them to understand how dementia affects the client and their family.
  • It enables carers to prepare for the unexpected in advance and how to deal with it when it comes
  • It minimises the risks for clients, their families and for carers in dealing with challenging behaviour, such as wandering, agitation or paranoia
  • It allows for the development of a person-centred approach in dementia care
  • It educates the carer on the changing needs along the continuum of the dementia journey

An estimated 850,000 people in the UK are living with dementia, both diagnosed and undiagnosed. Almost two-thirds (62%) of dementia sufferers have Alzheimer’s disease. Improved training can keep those with dementia at home for longer and in particular can reduce hospital admissions. To find out more about home care for your relative with dementia call us on 028 8225 2666 or email info@glencaring.co.uk

Read more: http://www.skillsforhealth.org.uk/images/projects/dementia/Dementia%20Core%20Skills%20Education%20and%20Training%20Framework.pdf

 

 

Is Palliative Care the same thing as End of Life Care?

Unless you are a medical or caring professional, it can be hard to tell the difference between Palliative Care and End of Life Care, particularly if you or your family are facing into the kind of crisis that serious or terminal illness represents. To help make things a little clearer, we have put together this short guide to the two specialties:

 

End of Life Care is support for people who are in the last months or years of their life. This kind of care should help you to live as well as possible until you die, and to die with dignity. The people providing your care should ask you about your wishes and preferences, and take these into account as they work with you to plan your care. They should also support your family, carers, or other people who are important to you.

You have the right to express your wishes about where you would like to receive care and where you want to die. People who are approaching the end of life are entitled to high-quality care, wherever they’re being cared for.

Who provides End of Life Care?

Different health and social care professionals may be involved in your end of life care, depending on your needs. For example, hospital doctors and nurses, your GP, community nurses, hospice staff and counsellors may all be involved, as well as social care staff, chaplains (of all faiths or none), physiotherapists, occupational therapists or complementary therapists.

 

If you are being cared for at home or in a care home, your GP has overall responsibility for your care. Community nurses usually visit you at home, and family and friends may be closely involved in caring for you too.

What is Palliative Care?

Palliative Care is a multidisciplinary approach to specialised medical care for people with a serious illness, even if it is not life-threatening (yes this is accurate, palliative means pain relief- and towards the end of life this becomes a major focus for people – no one wants to die in pain its about giving them a quality of life without suffering- but  palliative can also be for people who are not imminently dying but who are in serious pain)  It focuses on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain, physical stress, and mental stress of a serious illness—whatever the diagnosis.

 

End of Life Care includes Palliative Care. If you have an illness that can’t be cured, palliative care makes you as comfortable as possible, by managing your pain and other distressing symptoms. It also involves psychological, social and spiritual support for you and your family or carers. This is called a holistic approach, because it deals with you as a “whole” person.

 

But palliative care care isn’t just for the end of life. You may receive palliative care earlier in your illness while you are still receiving other therapies to treat your condition.

Who provides Palliative Care?

Many healthcare professionals provide palliative care as part of their jobs. An example is the care you get from your GP, community nurses and social care staff.

 

Some people need additional specialist palliative care. This may be provided by consultants trained in palliative medicine, specialist palliative care nurses or specialist occupational therapists or physiotherapists. If the person is at home, our social care staff will also be providing care to this group of people and they are sometimes the people most involved on a day to day basis, both with the service user and their family. Our social care staff may be in the home four times a day and are required to understand, empathize and deal with all issues arising. They find this particular group of service users as both the most rewarding but also the most distressing to work with.

 

Palliative care teams are made up of different healthcare professionals and can co-ordinate the care of people with an incurable illness. As specialists, they also advise other professionals on palliative care.

 

Palliative care services may be provided by the NHS, your local council or a charity.

When does End of Life Care begin?

End of life care should begin when you need it and may last a few days, or for months or years.

 

People in lots of different situations can benefit from end of life care. Some of them may be expected to die within the next few hours or days. Others receive end of life care over many months.

 

People are considered to be approaching the end of life when they are likely to die within the next 12 months, although this isn’t always possible to predict. This includes people whose death is imminent, as well as people who:

  • have an advanced incurable illness such as cancer, dementia or motor neurone disease
  • are generally frail and have co-existing conditions that mean they are expected to die within 12 months
  • have existing conditions if they are at risk of dying from a sudden crisis in their condition
  • have a life-threatening acute condition caused by a sudden catastrophic event, such as an accident or stroke

How do I find out about End of Life Care services in my area?

If you are approaching the end of life, or caring for someone who is, and you want to find out about the care and support available, your first step is to speak to your GP or to call the number your healthcare professionals have given you.

Part of their job is to help you understand which services are available locally. You can ask about all sorts of help – for instance, there may be particular night-time services they can tell you about.

Glen Caring Services have invested in training staff in Final Journeys End of Life Care and have specialist trainers who provide the most up to date holistic care available for this group of service users in Omagh, Derry~Londondonderry, Strabane and Limavady. To find out more call us on 02882252666 or 07887508969 or email info@glencaring.co.uk

 

 

Household Hazards – reducing risks in the home

If you work in a hospital or nursing home, despite the current limits on resources, your environment is highly regulated and generally built to purpose. This is not the case for those who deliver care in the home. Community carers and home care staff are potentially working in much more dangerous environments and need to assess the potential hazards from the start.

Here’s a handy 8 point checklist for home care teams, which might also be useful to those caring for elderly or infirm relatives at home and considering some home adaptations:

  1. Lighting: Is it too dim or too bright? Lighting should be easily adjustable with light switches which are easy to find and reach, and some nightlights in the bedroom.
  2. Flooring: Watch out for slippery floors, rugs that may trip or slip, and carpeting that is torn or in poor condition that could cause a fall.
  3. Furniture: Make sure that furniture or clutter is not obstructing walkways. Are cupboards/shelves too high or too low to be easily reached? Wobbly chairs and tables or chairs with low backs and no  armrests can be a hazard.
  4. Electrical: Avoid extension cords which cross walkways and remove any unsafe electrical appliances e.g. old heaters which spark or wobble.
  5. Cookers: Are the dials on the stove difficult to see or operate?
  6. Bathroom and laundry:  Are there grab rails for the bath/shower and toilet? Is the bath/shower recess slippery and are glass doors made of safety glass? Are the soap and shampoo easy to reach?  Medicine cabinets need to be well lit. Toilets should be high enough and check out inward opening toilet doors – is there enough room to move in and out easily…
  7. Stairs: Stairs shouldn’t be too steep, or too long and need to be well lit, kept in good repair, with easy to see edges and proper full length stable handrails.
  8. Outside areas:  Watch out for sloping, slippery, obstructed or uneven pathways and for steps, landings, verandas, patios or entrances which may be slippery when wet.

Can Home Care cope with the Living Wage?

Here at Glen Caring, we have been pioneering the concept of paying our carers in Omagh, Derry~Londonderry, Strabane and Limavady a wage that better reflects the job they do. In fact, we’ve been doing so for years, following the increasing load of responsibility expected of carers as a result of Government  initiatives such as “Transforming  Your Care  2011.”  We welcome the fact that a Living Wage has finally been taken on board by the Chancellor but he has to do his sums properly!

In order to pay carers more money, home care agencies need to be paid more money by the health and social care trusts.  If not, how can caring agencies hope to maintain a high quality service, if we are expected to absorb the extra cost involved?

The UK Homecare Association (UKHCA) has already published an open letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, supporting the National Living Wage, but calling for action to ensure that the costs are fully funded by government – an estimated £753 million for the whole UK in the first year alone.

Quite rightly, the public demands quality care for elderly and disabled people, and those with dementia, as evidenced by the high level of concern when the media spotlight focuses on the decline in care, or where poor care or neglect is exposed.  Such poor examples of care are partly due to lack of funding. Where social services cut back on care instead of accommodating person centred needs then agencies become unable to comply with everything that is expected of them. It’s a bit like going to McDonalds and expecting a gourmet dinner- you get what you pay for!

 

At a time when the older population is growing, when demands on family carers are increasing, and when society expects a better deal for those with disabilities, taxpayers deserve an NHS  COMMUNITY care system (which is sustainable and realistic). Now is the time to ask how standards can be raised, rather than threatened, if funding is squeezed tighter than the current levels.

Our concerns focus on the following issues:

  • Attracting motivated staff
  • Supporting ongoing training – essential to maintain quality of care
  • Retaining staff
  • Funding the development of caring agencies to respond to growing and changing needs

At present, home care agencies in this Trust area are paid an average of £11/hour to provide care for elderly people in their homes (see map) the lowest rate in the UK. In order for the same level of care to be maintained, this would need increase substantially. It’s time to talk about how this can be achieved. Let the debate begin……

Maureen Christodoulou, Operations Manager, Glen Caring

Glen Caring – 20 years of care in the home

At Glen Caring, we’ve been providing care in the home since 1995. Today our 340-strong team of trained carers and management staff enable people of all ages and abilities to remain at home and maintain their independence by providing holistic care that is person-centred.

What this means for each client is that we carry out an assessment process so we can develop an individual care plan; then we find the right carer for you – someone who is a good match for your  individual needs and who will fit in to your family/household.  Our carers are available 24/7 and we can offer all day and night care packages when required.

“A good day for us is when you’ve had a great day”

Our service covers counties Tyrone, Fermanagh, Derry~Londonderry and Antrim and our clients have a range of different needs: age-related ability and mobility issues, dementia, learning difficulties, disabilities, long-term or short-term illness, mental health,  brain trauma, spinal injuries, and life-threatening or terminal illness.  We also provide respite care for relatives caring for a family member in their home.

Quality of care

The quality of our care is our primary concern, and drives the holistic approach on which we base our service.  As an organisation and as individuals, we put the needs and preferences of service users foremost, working to maintain their privacy, self-esteem and dignity at all times.

It’s an approach that continues to drive our growth. Because, even in these times of cutbacks, we’re developing and innovating:

  • Developing our people, supporting their growth, helping them to achieve qualifications and empowering them to deliver the best care possible
  • Innovating news ways of caring, providing support that maximises quality of life, planning resources carefully and effectively and seeking to always improve continuity of care.

The Western Health and Social Care Trust commission us to deliver high quality services to their clients. We are registered with RQIA and inspected by them annually (our inspection reports can be accessed via the RQIA website).

Our Vision:

“Our aim is to provide Holistic Care meeting the physical, psychological and spiritual needs of all those we care for at home, irrespective of health status, ability, race, religion or culture.  We put the needs and preference of our clients foremost, maintaining their privacy and self-esteem and dignity at all times.”

Our Services

Whether you are looking for care for yourself or for a loved one we will discuss and devise a holistic care plan which meets the individual needs of our client. Some of the care we offer includes:

  • A ‘good morning’ call for clients as a start to their day.
  • All aspects of personal care which includes – bathing, showering, full body washes, toileting and oral hygiene.
  • Our carers are trained to assist with stoma care, catheter care, PEG feeding and spinal injury care. (See carer training).
  • We will ensure client’s skin care is of a high standard to avoid skin breakdown and infection.
  • We help to remind, prompt and administer medication for clients while complying with our medication policy.
  • Prepare and serve meals and drinks throughout the day.
  • We carry out light household duties which can include – hovering, dusting, laundry and many other services.
  • Assisting clients with their daily or weekly shopping tasks by doing the shopping alongside the client or we can take a list do the shopping and pack it away.
  • We offer respite services/schemes to enable care providers (e.g. family members) to have a short term period of rest and recuperation.
  • Our carers provide social support and will endeavour to enable all clients to remain as independent as possible.
  • Our carers are available 24/7 and we can offer all day and night care packages when required.

This is not an exhaustive list of services we provide, so if you require any other care, need more information or wish to book an appointment, then please don’t hesitate to contact us.