The Minister for Care visited local home care company to thank the team following its recent ‘Outstanding’ rating from the Care Quality Commission.
MP Caroline Dinenage, Minister of State at the Department of Health and Social Care popped in to Home Instead Senior Care Westminster and City of London to talk to business owner Fred Mairet and his team about how they are helping older people to age well at home.
On the visit, she met with Caregivers Minna Haukka and Adrian Smith, who chatted to the Minister about what they enjoy about the role.
Ms Dinenage added her support to Home Instead’s #YouCanCare campaign, which urges people to consider a career in care and aims to dispel the negative perceptions of being a Caregiver.
“Care work is a hugely rewarding career which has a real impact on people’s lives, supporting them to enjoy their later years,” she said.
“It’s great to see a home care business which is so passionate about helping older people age well. Quality care like this plays a crucial role in enabling older people to stay living healthily and happily at home for longer.”
Caregiver Adrian told the Minister: “There is a lot of negativity about working in the care sector. But when care is done the right way – not rushed visits and really focusing on the person and building a relationship with them – it is one of the most rewarding jobs ever.”
Adrian, who formerly worked in a senior police role and as a casting agent, added: “The people I look after may be in their 80s but they still want to enjoy life. They are not defined by their age; they’re a person with hobbies, interests, passions and a personality.
“I always remember one of my clients, a gentleman in a wheelchair, who just loved getting out and about. One day, we took a walk in London and were on the Mall approaching Buckingham Palace and he asked me to push him faster in his wheelchair. I ran along as fast as I could and he absolutely loved it – the smile on his face and his laughter made his day, his week and possibly even his year.”
Home Instead Westminster specialises in home care, including companionship, home help, housekeeping and personal care, and opened in 2014.
In the recent Care Quality Commission report, a friend of one client said: “We think all the Caregivers are superb, understanding and compassionate. They have helped my friend to stay at home, close to friends, our church and the local places that matter.”
Fred, who joined the Home Instead network following a career in human resources added: “We thank Caroline for coming to visit and finding out more about our Outstanding care and what we’re doing. If we can work together with older people’s interests at the heart, it will go some way in helping to address the issues we face in our ageing population.”