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MORE needs to be done to assist older people to return to work and younger people to get a foot on the work ladder, says the founder of a Winchmore Hill-based award winning care company.
Many of the staff at Home Care Preferred, a care agency based in Station Road, are over the age of 50, and many of the team have children. As planned state pension age hikes mean today’s young people will work until the age of 70 and beyond, managing director Ken Waterhouse believes mature workers will prove crucial, to Enfield’s economy and beyond.
“The blend of experience and skills which more mature workers offer have proved key to the success of Home Care Preferred,” he explained.
In addition the company have recently promoted a highly promising 22 year old graduate, who joined as an office assistant just four months ago, onto a Management training Programme.
“Having a real variety of team members with a wide range of ages as well as different cultural backgrounds is essential to us in the care sector as we cater for people from different backgrounds and with specific preferences.”
Home Care Preferred ’s working practices reflects the company’s aim to attract not only older workers but mothers who are returning to work after having children too. Staff are offered flexible working patterns and do not necessarily need previous care experience as comprehensive in-house training is provided.
“We have found that many of our older clients who would like our companionship services, request to have mature team members as they find it easier to relate to them, especially in conversation,” said Monica Murphy, who manages recruitment at the company.
Alison Bensal, a lady in her fifties from Winchmore Hill started working for Home Care Preferred after seeing an advert. Her son Jay is autistic so Alison needed a job which allowed her to take care of him as well as earn a living. She now works for the company on flexible hours.
“The job has allowed me to meet a whole new circle of like-minded people and given me back the independence I had felt was lacking,” she said.
“Being part of a team like Home Care Preferred has been very good for my self-esteem.”
Monica went on to explain “We always want to speak to people who share our passion for care and we are currently actively recruiting new team members including office based staff as well as part time and full time team members.
For an informal chat about working at Home Care Preferred please contact:
Monica Murphy (HR & Recruitment Executive) T: 020 8364 3670
To see a list of current positions available and to apply on-line please visit www.homecarepreferred.com