A STOURBRIDGE home care company is looking to recruit new staff to meet demand for services, having seen a 40 per cent increase in enquiries since Christmas.

Home Instead Stourbridge is seeking new care professionals to join the team following festive get togethers that have resulted in families looking for care options for their elderly relatives.

Peter Bath, owner at Home Instead Stourbridge which has been running for 10 years, said: “When we see more of our elderly relatives, any problems with health and wellbeing that exist become more apparent. Perhaps mum doesn’t seem as mobile as she once was, or maybe dad has become too forgetful to get through the day on his own? The rest of the family look at how they can help, and very often that means getting professional care.”

To meet the rising demand for care, new staff are now being sought to help provide tailored support for older people such as companionship, meal preparation, light housekeeping, personal care, medication reminders, and help with shopping and errands.

People who have never worked in care before can apply.

Mr Bath said: "We are looking for people who want a career in care who are willing to learn.

“We recruit people from a whole range of backgrounds, but one thing they have in common is that they have a genuine desire to make a difference. With some training under their belts, which we provide in full, they go on and make it possible for an older adult in the local area to live well at home. Our care professionals find their job rewarding because they always have at least one hour for each visit, so they are never rushed which gives them a chance to build relationships and to do those extra thoughtful little things that make a difference.”

Care professional Louise Kilford, who has been working for the company since 2021, switched to a career in care after many years of working in offices.

Care professional Louise Kilford, of Home Instead Stourbridge, pictured with her daughter

Care professional Louise Kilford, of Home Instead Stourbridge, pictured with her daughter

She said: “When I had the youngest of my three children at the age of 45, I decided I would like a career change into something they would fit around family life. I joined Home Instead when my daughter was two years-old and it has been the best decision I have ever made.

“I work evenings four nights a week and every other weekend, which fits in with the children perfectly as I work when my husband is at home so we don’t have to worry about childcare at all. I absolutely love my role as a caregiver; it is very different to my previous careers, but I now have total job satisfaction, I feel very valued as a member of the team. I love making a difference in my clients lives.”