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Guardian Homecare offers care jobs to out of work over-50s

Published: 15th January 2021 15:06

A DEVON homecare company is offering people aged 50 plus care work after it was revealed the number of unemployed in that age group leapt by a third last year (January 2021).

The number of over-50s out of work increased 33% in 2020, with 371,000 unemployed in July to September, compared with 280,000 in 2019, according to Office for National Statistics (ONS) data.

Catherine Porter, Manager at Guardian Homecare, which operates in Torbay and Exeter, said: “It is widely thought that young people have been the most affected by the pandemic due to mass redundancies in sectors such as hospitality, leisure and retail, but it has been less well documented that the over-50s have seen a bigger rise in unemployment.”

The analysis of ONS data was conducted by Rest Less, a jobs board and careers advice website for the over-50s.

Catherine added: “Previous research has shown that once the over-50s are unemployed, they are significantly more likely to remain that way than their younger peers.

“We fully appreciate the value that workers over the age of 50 bring, including career and general life experience, and we understand that many of them are looking for more flexible work to fit around their lifestyles, which is why we welcome the more mature worker and believe care is a great career option for them. We have many care staff members who are over the age of 50.

“Here we treat all our carers and office staff the same, whatever their age. As long as your kind, committed and caring, you’ll fit right in. We can provide flexible working hours to fit around your lifestyle, so if you need to look after grandchildren or just want to work a minimum amount of hours per-week, that’s no problem.

“You’re also never too old to learn and we offer free, full training, which includes a company induction, dementia awareness, enablement, first aid, health and safety, food safety, infection control, medication, person centred care and moving and handling service users, and for anyone who is committed and passionate about care, we also offer the opportunity to undertake qualifications too. 

Guardian Homecare provides all its staff with full, paid training and colleague shadowing at the start, and they have, additional, on the job support from the team 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“We give free uniforms and a national staff discount scheme for all major brands with exclusive discounts online and in-store from retailers including Tesco, Primark and Argos, and it also covers holidays and electrical goods. We have jobs available in south Devon now with immediate start, no experience necessary, just a willingness to care and to learn.”

Guardian Homecare delivers personalised home care supporting people wishing to stay living safely and comfortably in their own homes in south Devon.

It currently employs nearly 200 carers and is searching for more honest and kind-hearted individuals to help add to its teams in the county.

Catherine adds: “We are looking for new recruits to help make a difference within communities across south Devon by caring for individuals seeking extra support.

“Carers who join our team will help to provide domiciliary and live-in care as well as dementia care.”

The large team of trained, specialist, care workers provide positive based outcomes and person centred care to people throughout south Devon. 

“We are fighting against the current economic climate and are filling more positions than ever. This is a great opportunity for those looking for a completely new and exciting opportunity in 2021 to work in this very rewarding role.

“Being a carer is a really satisfying job and gives people the opportunity to create a worthwhile and long-term career for themselves.”

Anyone interested in a position should call Guardian Homecare on 01803 853198 to request an application pack.

Guardian Homecare offers training and the opportunity for internal advancement. Anyone who joins the team is creating a career path using the different qualifications they can achieve.

“No experience is necessary to become a carer, as we offer free, full training, which includes a company induction, first aid, information on dementia, health and safety, food safety, infection control, handling medication and moving and handling service users, with the opportunity to achieve industry-recognised qualifications after the initial six months probationary period.”

New recruits are given free uniforms, access to national staff discount scheme for many major brands, as well as 28 days paid holiday, paid travel between calls and paid mileage.

“Being dependable is key to this role as people will be looking after the needs of vulnerable adults. Applicants also need to be even-tempered and caring and must enjoy making a positive difference to people’s lives. 

“Being patient, able to cope with change and having the ability to display empathy and warmth are also essential. Candidates will need to have their own transport and mobile phone. We cover any costs incurred related to work.”

Anyone wishing to find out more about Guardian Homecare, should call 01803 853198 or visit www.guardianhomecare.co.uk or https://www.facebook.com/GuardianHomecareUK/jobs/.


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