Care Companions – part-time school hours, evening and part-time at the weekend
Our client runs a group of family owned nursing and residential care homes, serving older people in Surrey and Hampshire. They also provide specialist care for those with Alzheimer’s and Dementia. They are well known for the warm and friendly atmosphere within their homes, their high level of care and their focus on the individual.
To support their hard working carers, they are looking to bring in part-time companions for the residents during the parts of the day that the carers are at their busiest. The primary task of the companions is to ‘bring joy’ to the residents, making sure that they feel heard, are well provided for and are kept happy and comfortable. In effect, companions will be an extra set of ‘kind caring hands’.
The role will be varied – from playing card games and scrabble, chatting, offering drinks around, giving residents manicures when needed, helping bring food to the table at meal times and supporting carers with add hoc tasks so that they can give residents their full attention. Companions will be encouraged to ‘bring themselves to work’ – perhaps they have a well behaved friendly dog, who may be able to visit occasionally, or a musical talent, or ideas of games they think will suit the residents. They will be encouraged to get to know the residents so that they find ways of enhancing their lives. By providing this emotional care and making ‘time’ for the residents, they will free up the carers to provide the high levels of physical care that are necessary throughout the day.
Our client is looking for several companions for three of their homes. They are required at two different stages of the day, 9am – 2pm and 6pm – 9pm, 7 days per week. Companions may wish to work for just a couple of times during the week, or more depending on their situation. The three homes are:
Godalming – Nursing Home – including dementia and Alzheimer’s patients
Farnham – Nursing Home – including dementia and Alzheimer’s patients
Hindhead – Residential Home
Daytime period – 9am – 2pm – Residents will have finished breakfast and will be settling in for the morning. This provides the opportunity for the companion to circulate, make conversation and play games. They should ensure that residents are happy and have what they need (drinks, entertainment etc.). At midday, help may be required to ensure that all residents are seated for lunch, are given their meals and are provided with the right support while eating. The companion’s role will be largely to provide conversation and support for the carers.
Evening period – 6pm – 9pm – Residents will have finished their evening meal and carers will be helping them to bed. At this point, companions are needed at what can be a lonely time for the residents, chatting to them and making sure that they feel secure and are happy.
Ideally companions will be:
- Sensitive to the needs of others
- Kind and caring
- Fun, chatty and full of personality
- Reliable, happy to do anything – and focused on their role
- Happy to put other people first
- Keen to be part of a big caring team
- Innovative – good at creating joy
The role provides a great opportunity for people who are naturally caring, have other time commitments or for students wishing to gain paid work experience prior to or during studying for a medical/nursing degree.
To apply please submit your CV and covering letter detailing your suitability for this role, via the below method.