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Too many older people living in care homes in Wales have an unacceptable quality of life says a report published today by the Older People’s Commissioner for Wales.
The Report – ‘A Place to Call Home?’ – has been published following the Commissioner’s Review into the quality of life and care of older people living in care homes in Wales.
Review evidence also shows that the care delivered in many care homes in Wales often fails to meet the needs of an individual, focusing instead on a one-size-fits-all approach, something that can have a significant impact on the quality of life of older people living in residential and nursing care.
Older People’s Commissioner for Wales, Sarah Rochira, said:
“My Care Home Review has been the biggest Review of its kind ever undertaken in Wales and has the voices of older people and their families at its heart.
“While my Review found excellent examples of truly person-centred care, enabling and empowering care that delivers the very best outcomes for older people, there are significant variations across Wales that result in too many older people living in care homes having an unacceptable quality of life.
To read more visit the Older People’s Commissioner for Wales website
Managing Director Mary Cottrell is delighted to welcome Tina Manley to her new position as Manager of Everycare Cardiff. Based in our Head Office in Cardiff Bay, Tina will be responsible for the overall operation of the care division which supplies home care workers to clients across Cardiff and the surrounding area.
Tina has been Deputy Manager in the Cardiff Everycare office for many years and has a wealth of experience to bring to her new position. Tina is taking over when there is an increase in demand for home care services and an increase demand for higher standards in the industry. Her long experience of working at Everycare Cardiff gives her an opportunity to ensure Everycare is able to provide the very best in home care to clients and their families.
Mary Cottrell commenting on the appointment said ” I am delighted that Tina has been appointed and more importantly so are the staff in the office, who all wish her every success in her new role”.
Read the latest newsletter from the Older People’s Commissioner for Wales, which provides an update of the Commissioner’s work over the last few months including:
- Details of the introduction of a Welsh Declaration of the Rights of Older People in July by the Welsh Government, which will protect and enhance the rights of older people across Wales.
- The Commissioner launched a new Toolkit in July to help older people to make their voices heard and influence the decisions that affect their lives. The Toolkit provides a wide range of practical information to help older people to engage with Local Authorities, including the ways in which they can influence and challenge decisions and the support available to help them to do this.
- The Commissioner has published her work programme for 2014-15, which outlines the work she will undertake during the coming year to drive change for older people across Wales
- Information on the Coal Industry Social Welfare Organisation (CISWO) which was established over 60 years ago to improve lives in coalfield areas, providing support to miners and their families ‘beyond the colliery gate’. And although the pits have now closed, CISWO is still going strong, with 15 groups meeting regularly across South Wales.
To read the newsletter visit the Older People’s Commission for Wales website.
Looking for a rewarding job – why not try the care industry?
Working in the care sector offers a rewarding career, where your actions can make a real difference to vulnerable people. An increasing number of young people are choosing social care as their career option and a large number of men and women are changing their career paths and entering the social care industry to find a job that is both personally rewarding and fulfilling.
Many students are finding that experience working within a care setting provides not only a valuable income to help them through their studies but also important experience and training that assists in their future career – whether within the care industry or another sector. Flexible working hours make working within the sector very attractive to students and others looking to work around regular commitments.
You can gain an enormous sense of personal achievement from simply knowing that your job is helping people. It’s about making a positive difference to people’s lives by contributing to their health, happiness and well-being.
For various reasons and stages in their lives, some people need support to develop and maintain their independence, dignity and control.
How you can help?
You could work with people (known as clients) in their own homes, at day centres or in places like nursing homes. Your exact duties may vary depending on where you work, but could include:
- Building relationships with clients and getting to know their interests and needs
- Helping clients with daily personal care
- Undertaking general tasks such as housework, laundry and shopping
- Assisting clients manage their budget, pay bills and write letters
- Working with families assisting with their new caring responsibilities
- Liaising with other health and social care professionals to provide individual care and development plans
- Organising leisure activities – days out, trips to friends etc.
Skills and attributes required to work in the care sector:
- Dedication and commitment
- Excellent communication skills, written and verbal
- Good administrative skills
- Good planning and organisational skills and time management
- Sound understanding of good care principles
- Ability to cope with pressure
- Even tempered and patient
- Ability to cope with change
- Ability to display empathy and warmth
- Flexibility and reliability
If you are looking for a new career, a rewarding job or employment that allows you to work hours around other commitments, then please call Everycare Cardiff today we have vacancies available for immediate start within the Cardiff and surrounding area. Call 02920 455300