This week is National Carers Week, which aims to raise awareness of caring and the hard work and dedication of the thousands of unpaid carers around the country who look after loved ones.
In Wiltshire alone, there are more than 47,000 unpaid carers who are supporting friends and family: husbands and wives caring for their spouses, parents and grandparents caring for children, children supporting their parents… they all do a fantastic job, for no financial reward, and are the real unsung heroes who save the country millions of pounds.
At some point in our lives, most of us will have a caring role, which makes this awareness week all the more significant. Few of us will remain untouched.
Fortunately, there are many organisations whose role is to support and advise carers, such as Carer Support Wiltshire which runs services for carers and signposts carers to areas of help.
Caring and 24-7 Staffing
At 24-7 Staffing, we take a keen interest because we have a dedicated healthcare team who work in care homes and care settings. Of course, they are paid carers but it takes a certain type of person to make a successful career of caring. They need to be dedicated, passionate about caring, empathetic, understanding, patient… the list goes on.
Our team of healthcare recruiters also play a very important part. They all have a nursing or care background, so are excellent at matching candidates to care settings, which is as important for our candidates as it is for the people they are supporting.
We know they do a great job, as we are always receiving praise for them, including:
“All managers, who have had 24-7 staff working in the homes, have been extremely positive on the professional way shifts have been dealt with from the initial phone call to your offices to 24-7 staff working in the homes,” Ordinary Life Project Association manager.
“The support staff from 24-7 Staffing are hardworking. Well done to all the team at 24-7 Staffing!” Salisbury care home.
“Without the consistency that yourself and the team have provided it could have been a very different outcome for the person we are supporting,” Mencap manager.
“The agency staff themselves have been reliable and willing to work in the way we ask them to,” care home manager.
If you are a healthcare worker and have the passion and commitment it takes, and are looking for new placements please get in touch with the team.