Help at Home is a Government funded initiative to expand home care services in Jersey. This is by recruiting 100 new staff and upskilling 50 existing employees in the sector.
The aim of Help at Home is to:
- encourage home care organisations to recruit and train new employees
- promote and advertise careers within home care
- provide funding for home care training courses
- provide funding to pay the salaries of new employees while they carry out training and inductions
The Help at Home upskilling and recruitment initiative will run until 31 March 2022. It is being run by Health and Community Services (HCS) with support from Customer and Local Services (CLS), Skills Jersey, HCS Education, and local home care organisations.
Why Help at Home is important
Jersey has a growing and aging population. This means that growth of the home care sector is vital for the future health and wellbeing of vulnerable Islanders. Home care provides sustainable and cost effective care for those who need it. This could be a result of a disability, injury, or age related disease.
It allows individuals to live independently for as long as possible within the comfort of their own home or within support settings. This is an alternative care option to being unnecessarily admitted to hospital or a care home.
Often, Islanders could and should be cared for in the familiar environment of their own homes, if that is their wish. But the sector is currently under developed causing some Islanders to move into care homes too early.
Benefits of working in home care
This funding offers you the opportunity to choose a flexible, rewarding, and permanent full or part-time job in the home care sector.
The sector is developing and has guaranteed long-term growth. This is due to increased and sustained demand for home care services as the aging population continues to grow.
Applicants don’t need to have prior work experience in home care as you will receive full training and inductions. You should be personable, friendly, and compassionate with a desire to help people. You will also need to be willing to carry out basic care training and a DBS check (Criminal Records Check) to carry out care services.
What is home care?
Home care services allow a person with special physical or mental needs to live as independently and safely as possible within their home. This enables them to achieve their personal goals and have control and choice in their lives. It might be for people who are getting older. It could also be for people who are chronically ill, recovering from surgery, or have a disability.
The kind of services offered are dependent on the client’s care needs. It could be as simple as a friendly face dropping by for a chat, or something as intimate and poignant as end-of-life care.
Home care services include:
- personal care, such as help or supervision with bathing, washing hair, getting dressed, or medication reminders
- companionship and household chores, such as assisting or supervision with cleaning, gardening, and laundry
- support or help with meal preparation or delivering meals
- support or help with money management, such as help filling in forms and making sure that bills get paid on time
- healthcare, such as respite care, wound care, minor injury care, or palliative care
- assisting with Telecare, the use of technologies such as remote monitoring and emergency alarms to enable the unwell, disabled, or elderly to receive care at home so that clients can live independently
The Help at Home initiative is supported by home care providers in Jersey. These organisations will train and employ new staff.