Call for More Home Carers
A call has been made for more people in South Tyneside to consider a career as a home carer to help people live independently in their own home for as long as possible.
Following feedback from residents who said they wanted to live well at home rather than go into residential care, the Council has adopted a 'home-first' approach to adult social care. The Help to Live at Home model of support was launched last year to help people live independently in their own homes and communities.
But more staff are needed to work in domiciliary care if demand is to be met.
At the onset of the pandemic the Council created an Outreach Team which brought together people from a range of backgrounds and experience from within the Council, partner organisations and external bodies to support people to live in their own homes.
Sandra Compton, 63, of Simonside, South Shields, who used to work in day services offered by the Alzheimer's Society, was one of those recruited.
She said: "The role was very enjoyable and rewarding. I enjoyed supporting people and it felt good to be able to make a difference to their lives"
Sandra enjoyed the role so much she has since started a new job providing palliative care with a home care provider.
Former day services worker Julie Orr, 55, joined the Outreach Team when Ocean Road day services closed due to the pandemic.
Julie, 55, of Whiteleas in South Shields, said: "The role is quite challenging, not least because of the shift patterns which I wasn't used to, but it is an enjoyable job. We have had a lot of good feedback from residents and their families.
"We also have had fantastic support from management who have been there for us at all times of the day and night."
Councillor Anne Hetherington, Lead Member for Independence and Wellbeing, said: "We have received clear feedback that people want to live independently in their own homes for as long as possible.
"While not without its challenges, supporting people to live healthy, happy and independent lives is immensely rewarding. I would encourage anyone with a caring attitude to find out more about being a home carer."
Anyone interested in working in domiciliary care is asked to register their interest with the national recruitment campaign at www.everydayisdifferent.comThe information will then be shared with the Council and its providers.