Belfast Telegraph

80 jobs up for grabs as care support firm expands operations

By John Mulgrew

A care home support firm is creating 80 new jobs across Northern Ireland.

Mears Care Northern Ireland is recruiting across the Belfast and South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust areas for positions split between Belfast, Lisburn and south Down.

Mears Care, which employs 335 people here, is hiring 48 permanent care workers and 12 staff for its apprenticeship programme. A further 20 will be taken on under the Government's Bridge to Employment scheme.

Operations manager Alistair Fitzsimons said: "The increasing number of people requiring support means that demand for home care services is growing at an extraordinary rate, with more and more people realising that this is a viable and affordable alternative to residential care and nursing homes.

"We have more than 20 years' experience delivering a reliable and high-quality service to our community and our care teams every hour of every day with some of the routine tasks we all take for granted, such as washing, dressing, making a meal or taking medication.

"Our employees come from all backgrounds, and many have found a huge change in their own quality of life when they've come to work for us.

"There's enormous job satisfaction from working so closely with people and knowing that your personal input makes a real difference to the quality of their lives by enabling them to remain living in their own homes as independently as possible."

The company added that it supported people of all ages, as well as people suffering from complex conditions such as dementia or a learning disability.

Care staff working for the company range from 18 to 65 years of age and support is generally provided on a one-to-one basis. Mears Care provides care at home to more than 30,000 people each week across the UK.

Its various services include respite care, care following an episode of illness or stay in hospital, domiciliary care for day-to-day domestic and personal support and palliative care.

The firm will provide the new staff with induction training, and no formal qualifications are required to apply.

Its current Northern Ireland services are provided on contract to Belfast and South Eastern Health and Social Care Trusts, and also on a private basis.

Belfast Telegraph

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