Advertising feature: Greenwood has all your care needs covered
Everyone needs a little extra help from time to time – and sometimes that little help can make a lot of difference to our daily lives.
A new homecare company in Grantham aims to provide as much or as little help as their clients need to help them live their lives more comfortably and safely.
Greenwood Homecare was born out of a belief that there was a need in the community for a truly personal service for elderly and vulnerable people.
Greenwood Homecare is an independent company that started in Peterborough two years ago. The success of its services there led director Tom Chance to look at expanding, and opening in Grantham seemed a natural move.
The company has offices on the High Street, opposite WH Smith right in the heart of the town, where anyone is welcome to call in.
The former shop was re-fitted with the help of a £5,500 grant from South Kesteven District Council.
“It’s important for us that we are somewhere where people can see us, meet us, pop in for a chat,” Tom said.
Tom is very much a people person, who used to run his own personal training company, and saw the difference that a personal approach could make to people’s lives.
“I like the idea that you can bring a lot of happiness to people’s lives when you do something well,” he said. “I started thinking about caring from a business point of view.”
Research into the sector showed him that some care providers were not providing what people wanted.
“From what I was hearing, providers were cutting corners, cutting back, and even shutting down.
“But having the right care can make such a positive impact on people’s lives.”
Having decided that there was demand for what he had in mind, Tom set about finding the right person to take the helm.
“I had to have the right person on board and I found that person in Nina,” he said. “She was streets ahead of anyone else.”
Nina Roe is Greenwood Homecare’s area manager for Grantham and Peterborough, and has more than 20 years’ experience in the health and social care sector. She is joined by a team of dedicated people who, between them, manage almost 40 carers over both areas.
Greenwood Homecare not only recruits naturally caring people, but ensures they are rigorously checked, fully trained and prepared to go above and beyond expectations for their clients.
Detailed care plans are prepared for every client, and constantly updated to match their needs.
Electronic care logs give families and friends reassurance that their loved ones’ needs are being met.
The care needs that can be provided by Greenwood Homecare vary from something as simple as having someone pop in to make breakfast and have a chat, to providing round-the-clock live-in care.
Most clients are elderly, but the company can help with care for sick or disabled people, and with respite care.
Each client will be seen by a small team of carers to ensure continuity, and the level of care can be adjusted as a client’s needs change.
Newly-trained carers shadow more experienced staff until they both feel it is time to go it alone.
“I think it is so important that people get to see the same carers all the time,” Tom said. “It is all about building up that trusting relationship so they can live their lives they way they want to.”
Greenwood Homecare is looking for more carers to join its team, and anyone interested is welcome to call into the office for an informal chat.
Anyone needing the personalised care that Greenwood Homecare can offer is welcome to get in touch to arrange for a free assessment of their needs, before an individual care package is worked out.
“Every one of our clients is unique, and that is one of the great joys of the job,” Tom said.
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