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Job Hit By Coronavirus? Check our Western Region Carer Posts Now

Glen Caring is recruiting compassionate individuals to join our fantastic family of Carers, at this critical time. If you have recently lost work on a temporary or permanent basis, then check out the opportunities for our carer posts now.

About Carer Posts Now Available

We have temporary, permanent & Banking (casual) contracts available to provide care to our clients in their own homes. Posts are available in Derry, Strabane, Castlederg, Newtownstewart, Omagh, Gortin and Greencastle.

So even if you’re hoping to go back to your job, it’s worth considering a temporary post in social care.

We offer a competitive salary, mileage, company pension scheme, full training and uniform is provided.

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. They can live as independently as possible in the community, so crucial now when the health service us under huge pressure.

Who Should Apply for These Carer Posts Now?

There are lots of reasons to apply for our carer posts now:

  • You are looking for a new challenge
  • You have no formal experience but have always wanted to start a career in caring
  • You have past experience and want to return to social care
  • You are looking for temporary work until the Coronavirus crisis is past and your job resumes
  • You are looking for a new permanent job

For these reasons and more, we have an opportunity for you to being that journey with Glen Caring Services.  Join our amazing team of carers and help us make a difference to the lives of our client’s.

What We are Looking For

We are looking for individuals who are passionate about helping people especially during these tough times. You must be committed to delivering high standards of care to service users in their own homes.

If this sounds like you and you are interested in a role as a carer with Glen Caring, we would like to hear from you.  Candidates do not need any previous experience as full training will be provided.

Essential Criteria for Carer Posts

In order to apply for any of these posts you must:

  • Have a full driving licence
  • Be aged 18 or over
  • Have access to a car

Successful applicants are subject to NI Social Care Council (NISCC) registration, Enhanced Access NI & reference checks.

How to Join the Glen Caring Team

To find out more or to request an application form, email us at info@glencaring.com  to request an application form, or download an application form here. In the meantime, you can find out more about Glen Caring here.

 

 

Glen Caring Seeks Care Co-Ordinator for Strabane

Care Co-Ordinator Post for Strabane

Glen Caring is seeking to fill a full-time care co-ordinator post at our Strabane Office.  The successful candidate will liaise closely with our care workers and other care professionals such as social workers. They will also maintain care plans and organise rotas for carers.

About The Care Co-Ordinator Post

Glen Caring is a private home care agency which offers support and services to individuals who want to remain independent in their own home. We have an opportunity to recruit a new care co-ordinator for our Strabane Office based in the local town. This is a full-time 9 to 5, Monday to Friday position.

Key Responsibilities for Care Co-Ordinator Post

  • Co-ordinate the customer referral process ensuring all customer details are entered into our business operating system
  • Maintain and update care plans
  • Liaise closely with social workers on a daily basis on client’s needs
  • Distribute rotas to care workers on a weekly basis
  • Good communication with care workers about changes to rota on a daily basis
  • Attending meetings with clients when necessary
  • Assisting Human Resources to interview possible candidates for care workers
  • Being available to take our out of hours phone when required

Essential Requirements for the Care Co-Ordinator Post:

We require the following skills and experience:

You must be dedicated to providing an excellent customer service as well as reliable, flexible, and well organised. Candidates must also be able to pay attention to detail and enjoy problem solving.

In this role, you will be liaising with a range of people such as support workers, service users, office personnel, social services. Therefore, you must have excellent communication skills. You must be IT literate as you will be using a care database on a daily basis.

Candidates must also have the following qualifications:

  • GCSE in Maths and English or equivalent is essential.
  • Experience working in the Health and Social Care sector is essential
  • A Health and Social Care qualification is preferable

Additional Information:

Candidates must be willing to undertake a police disclosure form.  Disclosure expense will be met by the applicant. Candidates must also have a full driving license to be able to visit clients when required.

Rate of pay will be discussed at the interview stage

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.  So, they can live as independently as possible in the community they know and love.

All staff receive a full training induction before starting work and we will support them to gain accredited qualifications. The training and qualifications will develop them professionally and teach new skills.  You can find out more about Glen Caring here. https://www.glencaring.com/

Services Glen Caring Provides

At Glen Caring, we offer a range of social care services to clients who require care at home to maintain both their health and their independence.  These services include everything from meals and household duties and shopping to personal care and companionship. We offer our services in many different ways as follows:

  • Self Directed Support – which offers clients the ‘choice, flexibility and control’ to take charge of their own care package
  • Private Home Care – home care packages customised to meet the needs of any individual or family.
  • Specialist Care – such as dementia care, palliative care and end-of-life care
  • Respite and Sitting Services – these offer clients to enjoy a caring and fun experience while also providing their families with the support they need to take a much-deserved break.It includes e.g. suitable minibus for the transport of service users offering day trips for example shopping, cinema, library, concerts – along with weekend breaks. It also includes sitting services and over night packages are designed to offer support and reassurance for clients and their families.

You can find out more about our services here: https://www.glencaring.com/services/

How to Apply for the Care Co-Ordinator Post:

If you would like to know more about this vacancy, or would like an application form, please contact Lisa on 02882252666. Application forms are also available to download from our website here

Closing Date: Wednesday 10th October 2018 @ 5pm

Respite Services Night Out a Great Success

Caring full-time for a family member is demanding, so our Respite Services are designed to give carers a well-deserved break. But they are also about ensuring the people you care for have a great time with our respite care.

Our recent respite group event saw 6 service users enjoy a Robbie Williams & George Michael Tribute Night at the Everglades Hotel, in Derry. A big thank you to carers Luisa Carlin, Sheree Campbell, Mandy Robinson and our bus driver Gordon Peoples, who looked after everyone so well and made sure they had a great time.

These kinds of Respite Services events are organised for clients under our physical disability respite scheme. This scheme is available to those with physical disability needs between the ages of 18-65. The scheme offers a range of opportunities for services users including:

• respite in their own home
• social outings
• short breaks away
• group events

General Respite Services

Our respite services are designed to allow service users to enjoy a caring and fun experience while also providing families with the support they need to take a well-deserved break. The service includes a suitable minibus for the transport of service users offering day trips for example shopping, cinema, library, concerts – along with weekend breaks. Some of our successful weekend breaks included trips to Strangford Bay Lodge, Portstewart and Lisnaskea Share Centre.
Our sitting services and overnight packages are designed to offer support and reassurance for you and your loved ones. This package allows for all aspects of care to be incorporated into your daily routine, again this longer provision package can be filled with any of the following tasks:

  • Assistance with personal care, medication, and feeding
  • Toileting, stoma and catheter care
  • Assistance with mobility and transfers
  • Companionship
  • Meal preparation
  • Light household tasks
  • Laundry care
  • Shopping
  • Support in attending appointments and social outings

To find out more or to book respite services call us on: 02882252666 or email: omagh@glencaring.com

Glen Caring is recruiting Full-time, Part-time & Banking community care assistants in the Drumquin area.

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.