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Time to get out of the house and enjoy time with family

Its spring, time to get out of the house and enjoy time with family, especially with your elders

Spring means Easter, May Day and the spring bank holiday, and more importantly, a time to get together with family and to visit your elderly loved ones.

It’s important, especially if you are a carer yourself to make sure that your elderly loved ones are involved in your family activities. Not only is it psychologically and spiritually beneficial for them to feel a valued member of the family, but getting out and about can improve strength and mobility and stimulate the mind through new sights, sounds and experiences.

Sometimes we find that an elderly relative may shy away from taking an active part in a day out simply because they feel they will be a burden to others. Carers , even with their loved one’s best interests at heart, may not realise how precious a day out with the family can be for the person they assist – a few hours out is incredibly important for their independence at home, health, and well-being.

Valued as a member of the family, but are they getting the right exercise?

A simple exercise outdoors keeps the mind healthy and alert and is a positive change to simply sitting at home within the same environment every day. Exercise of course has physical benefits of keeping muscles and joints in working order, offers variation in activity during the day and can provide a great sense of achievement.

Making sure exercise is a part of an elderly person’s everyday activity may help towards preventing or reducing the risk of issues such as backache, heart disease and arthritis when done correctly. Take the opportunity to spend some great days out in West Sussex this spring and spend some quality time together.

Planning spring activities with your loved ones

This is the time to organise a day out which truly takes into consideration the needs of the older person. In Worthing and West Sussex, where Comfort Keepers® is based, there are many attractions and activities which offer all round interests and entertainment for all ages and all members of the family. For instance, Huxley Birds of Prey centre in Horsham offers excitement for the kids and a chance to get one to one with nature for the adults. At Arundel Wetland Centre, you can experience the fantastic nature reserve close to the historic town of Arundel while the kids will love the pond Skaters area.

Checking for accessibility

It is important to check with the venue beforehand to find out what accessibility facilities are on offer. Most activity centres will have some form of facilities for the disabled and the elderly. For instance, at Arundel Wetland centre they have wheelchairs (for when that walk is just a little too long!) and 2 disability toilets.

Are you looking for quality care for your elderly loved in Worthing and West Sussex? Contact us on 01903 691762 or at contact.uk@comfortkeepers.com for more information and friendly helpful advice.

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Jobs FAQs

What shifts or rotas are available for professional carers?

Our branches have a wide variety of hours and rotas which means it’s possible to find shifts that fit in with your life situation, whether you want a full time role or are just looking for a few hours a week. All that we ask is that you commit to the hours you can do two weeks in advance.

Do I need care experience to join?

Six months’ professional care experience is ideal - such as a domiciliary carer, care assistant, homecare worker, support worker or healthcare assistant. However, if you are new to care some branches do offer training leading to care certificates, so please contact the recruitment team to discuss on 0808 239 9716.

Do I need a driving licence?

A full clean driving is required for some roles, but not all. Job roles normally state if a driving licence is required, but if you are unsure then please contact the recruitment team on 0808 239 9716.

What pre-employment checks do you do?

To join Prestige Nursing & Care as a professional carer you will be required to apply for a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check, unless you are registered with the update service.

We can help you apply via your local branch. When you work with children and vulnerable adults a DBS check is a legal requirement. Find out more about DBS checks: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/disclosure-and-barring-service/about.

We also require two professional references, one of which should be your current or most recent employer.

Finally, you will be required to provide proof of eligibility to work in the UK, NI number, ID and proof of address. Your recruiter will talk you through all requirements and support you all the way.

What training do I need to complete before starting work?

You will need to complete both online e-learning modules and virtual training via Microsoft Teams. This is very flexible and can be completed from home as long as you have a compatible device. Find out more about the training we offer.

Is the training free?

Yes, the training is completely free.

Do you offer regular patterns of work?

Yes, our branches offer a wide variety of hours and shift patterns.

Will I be employed by Prestige Nursing & Care?

You would become a member of our team with a contract for services. You would be eligible for things like SSP and holiday, as well as a NEST workplace pension.

How old do you have to be to work as a carer?

You need to be 18 years old to join our care team and there is no upper age limit.

How often will I get paid?

We pay all our professional carers weekly.