Your professional provider of Domiciliary Care Services throughout the region.

September 29th, 2017

It takes a really special person to want to deliver care – someone with passion, and an interest in helping people, and this is what we look for when we recruit people to join the DoCare family.

I’ve been working in care for many years, and so along with my colleague Danni and support from our director, Una, we are very good at spotting the people who have that certain something to fit in with our ethos of making every day a better day for our clients.

So how does our recruitment process work?

We advertise our vacancies, which brings in many applicants, and other people also apply because they might have seen our Facebook page, seen our DoCare cars buzzing around, or because we have been recommended by someone they know.

Our first job is to chat to an applicant on the phone and make sure they meet certain criteria. For example, it is essential that they are willing to work every other weekend, and that they have a car. We also try to assess how genuinely interested an applicant is; it doesn’t matter if they have no care experience, but they do have to be keen to learn and progress.

Next, we call people in for an interview, and we are very quick to pick up the likely people to take forward by the way they answer questions. We look for qualities like patience, a willingness to go the extra mile, the ability to think on their feet, and a cheerful personality.

At interview, we are very clear about what the job entails, and it isn’t for everybody. But if they are still keen then we will chat over their application after the interview and, if they are successful, invite them to come in for induction training.

Our training is intensive and not everybody stays the course. Once out on the job, some people also find that working in care isn’t for them.

But for those who stay, a career in care is hugely rewarding, with opportunities for development, learning, and forming strong relationships with the team, the clients and their families.

If you are thinking of a career in care, then please get in touch for a chat. Call me, Andrea, on 01453 310010 or email people@docare.co.uk

This blog was written by Andrea Baird, DoCare’s Employee Services and Support Administrator.  If you have a relative who you think would benefit from DoCare’s services, or would like assistance yourself, please get in touch.  If you are interested in a rewarding career as a support worker, we would love to hear from you – please give us a call or you can apply online.

September 21st, 2017

Palliative care is very close to my heart, and where my passion really lies but it is only recently I have had the opportunity to take some training to enable me to specialise in this area.

I’ve been working in care for about ten years, and I love it, and was inspired to go into this career by my Nan.

When I was little, Nan was a cook at a ‘guest house’ – that’s what care homes were often called. She did far more than cooking, and helped with caring for the people living there. At Christmas, I’d go along and sing songs to the residents, which I loved. And I remember Nan would be late some years for our own Christmas dinner at home, because she’s been with one of the residents who was dying. She said nobody should die alone, and I firmly believe this too.

When Nan developed dementia, and died five years ago, I saw the whole process of what happens, and how brilliant carers are and what they can do for people to make them more comfortable in their last hours and days.

With DoCare, I’m now one of the team who will do overnight stays with clients who are palliative. This helps give the relatives a break, knowing their loved one has company and someone on hand to respond to their needs.

It’s very intensive and gives us a chance to really get to know a client and their families. In fact, it is a privilege to be able to help them at this time.

I now plan to take my end-of-life care training further, by taking a course with the Sue Ryder charity, on end-of-life care for people with dementia, which will give me even more of an insight into how to help.

It is sad when someone dies, especially when we have become close to them. But I am proud that this important support is helping families at such a very difficult time.

This blog was written by Claire Bishop, Senior Support Worker with DoCare’s Cheltenham team. If you have a relative who you think would benefit from DoCare’s services, or would like assistance yourself, please get in touch. If you are interested in a rewarding career as a support worker, we would love to hear from you – please give us a call or you can apply online.

September 13th, 2017

At DoCare, we love it when we have the opportunity to listen to others’ words of wisdom, whether that’s tuning into BBC Radio 4’s Thought for the Day, or Radio 2’s Pause for Thought.

It offers a little breathing space, the chance to reflect, and also to take on board what is usually very sound advice.

So at DoCare, we are launching our own version and calling it Just a Thought – and we’d like your help.

We will post here and on our Facebook page, regular thoughts and musings from people in our community. The thoughts may come from clients or their families; they may be the musings of our staff, or of local ministers.

We want the thoughts to be able to appeal to people of any religion or none. And the thoughts will provide a chance for the DoCare family to celebrate the diversity of our clients and their outlook on life.

In a nutshell, if you have a thought you would like to share and you are connected to DoCare or the area we work in, we would love to hear from you.

It goes without saying that any thoughts published reflect the opinions of the author, not necessarily of DoCare as a whole. And of course, content must be appropriate.

If you would like to make a contribution or know someone who would like to do so, please contact Danni at people@docare.co.uk. We’d like to keep the thoughts to no more than 400 words, and if you prefer they may be published anonymously.

We are so looking forward to ‘reading’ your thoughts.

 

This blog was written by Una Mills, DoCare Director. If you have a relative who you think would benefit from DoCare’s services, or would like assistance yourself, please get in touch. If you are interested in a rewarding career as a support worker, we would love to hear from you – please give us a call or you can apply online.