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Wanted: Care Assistants in Derry Area

Glen Caring is inviting applications for home care assistants in Derry/Londonderry and the surrounding area. The care assistants will care for our clients in the clients’ own homes. These posts include part-time, full-time and banking (casual) staff.

We offer flexible rotas, so these posts may suit those who need the flexibility that a 9 to 5 job doesn’t offer.  The care assistant posts are also open to those new to social care. Because we offer all the training you need, you don’t need previous experience to apply.

Details of the services we offer to our clients are on our website but you can read more about Glen Caring Services here.

 

Shift Patterns for Care Assistants in Derry Area

The shift pattern details for these posts are as follows:

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

Part-Time Staff: Evening runs (7-11pm working a 3 & 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 (Casual) Staff: As and when you are available

 

What Glen Caring Offers Care Assistants in Derry Area

These care assistant posts offer the following terms and benefits:

  • £8.50 per hour
  • Mileage allowance of £0.20 per mile
  • A work-life balance
  • Paid Training – find out more about Glen Caring Training here
  • Free Uniform
  • Flexible Rota’s
  • NVQ qualification in Health and Social Care available
  • Additional Training opportunities

Essential Criteria for Care Assistant in Derry Area:

In order to apply for these posts, you need to have:

  • A full driving licence
  • 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 Us here. 

How to Join the Glen Caring Team

Call Seamus in our head office: 028 82252666 or Sharron in our Ebrington office in Derry/Londonderry: 02871161622. Alternatively, you can email us at info@glencaring.com to request an application form, or simply click here to download an application form. In the meantime, you can find out more about Glen Caring here .

 

 

Sitting Services Posts in Omagh & Derry

Glen Caring is recruiting casual/banking care assistants for sitting services posts in the Omagh & Derry/Londonderry areas. 

Our sitting service offers flexibility and supports the holistic, spiritual and caring needs required by our service users. 

Role and Duties for Sitting Services Posts in Omagh & Derry 

Looking after people is a very rewarding and satisfying job. The service you provide helps someone to stay at home for as long as possible, supported with dignity by people who care 

Our sitting services and overnight packages are designed to offer support and reassurance to our clients. This service covers all aspects of care to be incorporated into daily routines. Such care includes any of the following tasks: 

*Meal preparation 

*Light household tasks 

*Laundry  

*Shopping 

*Support in attending appointments 

*Support in attending social outings 

*Assistance with personal care 

*Assistance with medication 

*Assistance with feeding 

*Toileting, stoma and catheter care 

*Assistance with mobility and transfers 

*Companionship 

Find out more here about our  sitting services.  

 

Pay and Conditions for Sitting Services Posts in Omagh & Derry:  

We are offering you: 

  • Excellent rates of pay of £8.50 per hour
  • Full training provided 
  • Free Uniform
  • Flexible Rota’s
  • NVQ qualification in Health and Social Care available
  • Additional Training opportunities

 

Essential Requirements for Sitting Services Posts in Omagh & Derry:  

In order to apply for these posts, you will need:  

  • Full driving licence
  • Access to a car
  • You must be over 18

How to apply for Sitting Services Posts in Omagh & Derry  

If you want to join our team or find out more information call Lisa in our Omagh office on 028 82252666 or William in our Ebrington Square office on 02871161622 

Alternatively, you can email us at info@glencaring.com to request an application form, or download an application form here 

Care Assistant Vacancies in Northern Region

Glen Caring is seeking to fill Care Assistant vacancies in the Northern region.  The posts include part-time, full-time and banking (casual) staff.  

We offer flexible rotas, so  these posts may suit those who need the flexibility that a 9 to 5 job doesn’t offer.  The care assistant posts are also open to those new to social care. Because we offer all the training you need, you don’t need previous experience to apply. 

Details of the services we offer to our clients are on our website but you can read more about Glen Caring Services here.   

Care Assistant Vacancies – Areas Covered: 

 The full-time, part-time and casual posts are available in the following areas: 

  • Ballymoney
  • Ballymena
  • Garvagh
  • Kilrea
  • Coleraine
  • Randalstown
  • Toomebridge

Shift Patterns for Care Assistant Vacancies  

 The shift pattern details for these posts are as follows:  

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

Part-Time Staff: Evening runs (7-11pm working a 3 & 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 (Casual) Staff: As and when you are available  

 

What Glen Caring Offers You  

 Looking after people is a very rewarding and satisfying job. The service you provide helps someone 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 terms and benefits: 

  • £8.20 per hour 
  • Mileage allowance of £0.20 per mile 
  • A work-life balance 
  • Paid Training – find out more about Glen Caring Training here
  • Free Uniform 
  • Flexible Rota’s 
  • NVQ qualification in Health and Social Care available 
  • Additional Training opportunities 

 

Essential Criteria for Care Assistant Vacancies:  

In order to apply for these posts, you will need:  

  • Full driving licence 
  • 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 Us here. 

  

How to Join the Glen Caring Team  

 If you are interested in joining the Glen Caring team, you can download an application form here from our website. Alternatively, you can call Lisa on 0288225266 or Claire on 02877722591 or email us at limavady@glencaring.com. 

  

 

Choosing a Care Provider

What can you do if your current Care Provider is not meeting your needs? Call Glen Caring today…

Very often service users and their family who are already receiving support and care are not fully satisfied with the service they receive. This is mainly because their needs are not being met.

Where a Care Provider might fail you

Problems with the care you are receiving can be caused by  a range of factors:

  • lack of continuity,
  • not receiving care at the times you need,
  • feeling rushed or
  • lack of experience and expertise

What’s different about Glen Caring as a Care Provider?

At Glen Caring we value your right to receive care the way you want, with a care package that is built around your life rather than being imposed on your life. So why not choose a personalised option which is customised to your individual needs. We have a whole range of bespoke care packages, designed by you and for you.

Choosing Glen Caring as your agency will guarantee you a high standard of experienced care delivered exactly the way you want.

At Glen Caring Services we will assist you in picking the care you are happy with. The options are endless and we work to suit you. Our options include:

  • Health & Wellbeing – attending the gym, exercise classes, yoga, walking, gardening, etc.
  • Care at Home- support with any daily living tasks you require, household duties, personal care, toileting needs, meal preparation, medication, overnight care etc.
  • Holistic and Cultural options– attending exhibitions, libraries, galleries, art classes, religious services etc.
  • Breaks and Respite – trips away, cinema, concerts, in house respite etc.

This is just a small sample of the available services we have, which include self-directed care, private home care, specialist care and respite & sitting services.

It is important to note that our bespoke packages are tailored specifically to you and what you believe a care package should be. Choosing Glen Caring to deliver this promise will mean access to an excellent quality service, with highly trained experienced staff competent in working with highly complex needs.

Find out more about Glen Caring from our website or call us on 028 8225 2666.

 

 

Full-time, Part-time & Banking Community Care Assistants in NW

Glen Caring are recruiting Full-time, Part-time & Banking community care assistants in the Ballymoney, Antrim, Coleraine and Limavady areas. It’s a rewarding job and we believe in investing in our staff.

The hours involved in these jobs may suit those for whom 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

Role of community care assistants

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

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

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.