Public Services Ombudsman Peter Tyndall who is about to step down from his role has stressed that he would like to see one body to manage services throughout Wales.
Peter Tyndall has asked the Health Minister Mark Drakeford to review home care services.
The Welsh government said it intends to fully integrate health and social services but the solution does not lie in structural change.
Mr Tyndall says “It puts huge stress on families and carers whether they are looked after at home or a nursing care home. We need to be much better at delivering integrated packages of care than we are at the moment and that will need structural change,”
For the full story on changes suggested by the Public Services Ombudsman in Wales click here.
The latest edition of the Cardiff Times magazine distributed in the Lisvane and Cyncoed areas of Cardiff has just been released and includes advice on how to choose a home care provider.
For more information on the home care advice provided you can view the November edition of Cardiff Times magazine here. Please see page 96 and 97.
Everycare UK, the Cardiff based domiciliary and nursing care group celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2013 with exciting growth plans in both the UK and abroad.
Following a strategic review of the business, the company is now taking forward its plan to expand its network of franchisees not only in targeted geographical areas across the UK, but also worldwide where it launched in 2013 an international master franchise opportunity at the Arab Health Exhibition and Congress in Dubai.
The company now has over 20 regional franchised offices across the UK offering a range of personal home care and live-in care services as well as providing healthcare staffing services to a range of organisations including the NHS, HMS Prisons, Ministry of Defence, residential care homes, industry and private nursing organisations.
Managing Director, Mary Cottrell, commented “Our expertise in the UK in providing domiciliary and nursing care is widely respected around the world which has seen our business expand both at home and abroad.
In the UK the franchise network goes from strength to strength with over 20 franchises across England, Scotland and Wales with the most recent Everycare franchises opening in Hillingdon supporting Uxbridge, Ruislip, Pinner, Hayes and the surrounding areas and Mid Sussex supporting Haywards Heath, Burgess Hill, East Grinstead and the supporting areas.
Everycare is looking to extend its franchise network across the UK, doubling the number of regional offices by the end of 2015 whilst at the same time developing new services that compliment its core domiciliary and nursing activities. “Our recent strategic review has highlighted huge opportunities for Everycare which we are now developing. Our strength has always been the provision of quality services which can be relied upon across the network, it is this strong service foundation that attracts both clients to our services and potential franchisees both here and worldwide” comments Mary Cottrell.
The 20th anniversary was celebrated by a special event in Cardiff at Chapel 1897. As well as being the 20th anniversary of Everycare UK, the occasion also coincided with the 30th anniversary of the Everycare UK business owners (Rob and Mary Cottrell) commencing their residential nursing homes business in Cardiff.
Following a strategic review of its nationwide personal home care, domiciliary care and healthcare staffing services, Everycare has launched a new branding initiative which has seen the redesign of both its website and company information brochures.
Mary Cottrell, Managing Director of the company, commenting on the new branding said “After 20 years in business the time was right for us to review our current image and to ensure that the messages we give to both existing clients and prospective new clients were both clear and informative, whilst at the same time ensuring the look and feel of our company brochures and website portrayed what we provide – a exceptional quality care service which responds to the needs of our clients.
Our staff provide a caring and enthusiastic care service and we believe very strongly in our ability to provide individuals with support and care that makes a real difference. I believe that the “Changing Lives” motto that we have adopted through this rebranding initiative portrays very clearly the objectives we adhere to when providing personal care solutions to our clients.”
Everycare UK has been assisted in the launch of the new website and in the new corporate branding by Cardiff based Marketing consultancy – Stepping Stones Marketing Solutions.