I have been working in the Social Care Sector since 1996 starting as a community care assistant and very quickly working up to a position as registered manager for a large organisation. I had never intended to enter the world of social care but once I did I never looked back, enjoying every moment and giving up my full time job as a chef to devote all my time to social care!! After meeting up with one of my oldest friends Vanessa, she joined the organisation I was working for. We worked alongside each other for a couple of years before forming our own company, having received a lot of encouragement to do so from peers and colleagues from within the local authority - and so Acorn Homecare was formed in January 2004.
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My name is Jackie. I joined the company in 2004 as a care worker, I completed my NVQ 2 and went onto to be a senior care worker and then progressed further to earn my current position as field supervisor. I really enjoy my job. I am responsible for assessing each person receiving support and helping them to establish the type of care and support they need from our agency. I regularly liaise with the person receiving support, families, the local authority, GPs and district nurses to ensure all needs are met. I will also attend regular person receiving support reviews to ensure the care received continues to meet his/her needs. I am also one of the out-of-hours managers for Acorn Homecare, where we deal with any emergencies outside of normal office hours.
My name is Paula and I joined Acorn Homecare in 2005. I was a care worker with the company for 3 years before earning a position in the office co-ordinating the weekly schedules. Acorn Homecare have put me through my NVQ and various training courses which have helped gain experience of the elderly and a understanding of various needs of the person receiving support. I am also one of the out-of-hours managers whom you may speak to with any problems or queries out of office hours. Part of that job role is to act as a liaison between the person receiving support, their families, care workers and the office to help ensure that the needs of the person receiving support is met to ensure a good quality of life.
I entered into the world of Health and Social Care in 1999 as a community care assistant/care worker; it was a far cry from the corporate environment I had been used to prior to raising a family. With a young family and home life to juggle I could never have foreseen the level of gratification I could feel for providing such a rewarding service to our frail, elderly and disabled, and that feeling has remained with me ever since. I began working for a large care company, with Karen in 2002, who at the time was an old school friend, and now my business partner and lifelong friend, and we soon realised how we shared the same values and ethos on how social care should be delivered. We were strongly encouraged by senior members of the local hospital care team, and local authorities from the sector, who saw a bright future for us as owners of our own business, and consequently providers of a quality service to the community for which they were then responsible. There could not have been a far greater compliment than for a senior professional to recognise our potential. In January 2004, Acorn Homecare was formed, and for Karen and I we truly have found our vocation in life. We continue to play a large part in the daily running of the business, and so our values remain strong and visible throughout the services that we provide. We now employ over 55 members of staff, all who live locally.
My name is Debbie, I am a Senior Careworker for Acorn Homecare and have been working in the care sector since 2004, I have now worked for Acorn Homecare for 9 years and absolutely love it. I find it such a rewarding job knowing that at times I do make a difference to someone's life. It is one of the best feelings to encourage independence and promote their well being enabling clients to remain in their own home and environment for as long as possible. As a Senior Careworker now I am able to liaise with professionals,family, friends and advocates involved in clients care to ensure the best care is provided to our clients. I Enjoy working as part of a team of care workers as well as individually, at Acorn we have a great support network from office staff and our fellow Careworkers. Whilst working for Acorn I have completed my NVQ 2 and I am currently studying for my Diploma Level 3.