News - Profiles

Former John Lewis director reveals why his home care company is employee owned

Sue Learner, Editor (04-Dec-15)

Three years ago, Dan Knowles set up The Mary Knowles Homecare Partnership, named after his grandmother Mary Knowles, who is 102 and still lives at home supported by domiciliary care workers. After studying.....

Being a home care worker gives you the opportunity 'to make a real difference to someone’s life'

Sue Learner, News Editor (17-Jul-15)

Sheila Warris was inspired to work in home care after caring for her own husband, mother and daughter during their illnesses and before they died. “So I know first-hand the importance of helping people feel.....

Home Instead boss calls for 'radical change' saying social care and health must be integrated

Julia Corbett, News Editor (04-Mar-15)

Trevor Brocklebank is part of the founding duo that launched home care franchise Home Instead Senior Care in the UK. The brand has seen huge growth since it was set up by Mr Brocklebank and his wife Sam.....

Profile: ‘We do not do 15-minute visits’ says managing director of Right at Home

Nina Hathway (02-Dec-14)

Ken Deary, managing director of Right at Home - a successful American franchise that came across to Britain at the beginning of 2010, is a man who speaks his mind. On the controversial question of the.....

Profile: Giving a voice to people with learning disabilities

Nina Hathway (02-Sep-14)

The founder of a self-advocacy organisation speaks out about the need for people with learning disabilities to be able to determine their own lives. Motivated by his own life experiences, disability campaigner.....

Profile: 'Neither the Government nor local authorities are prepared to acknowledge the true price of care,' says Dr Hannah MacKechnie

Nina Hathway, News Editor (06-Aug-14)

As the effects of the recession and austerity measures linger on, not least in the cuts to the care sector budgets, the managing director of highly respected Radfield Home Care, Dr Hannah MacKechnie, is rightly concerned about the.....

Profile: Dementia expert helps families combat guilt and awkwardness during visits to care home residents

Sue Learner, News Editor (04-Aug-14)

Families can find it hard visiting their relative once they have dementia as they may not recognise them and their memory of the visit can quickly fade. However a writer of a new book on dementia, is urging.....

Profile: FitzRoy founder changed the way Britain cares for people with learning disabilities

Sue Learner, News Editor (07-Jul-14)

Fifty years ago, it was the norm for people with learning disabilities to be locked away in large institutions for the duration of their lives. Now they are very much part of the community, and it is largely thanks to two people.....

Profile: Founder of new website which rates wheelchair friendly venues hopes to empower disabled people

Julia Corbett, News Editor (08-May-14)

Euansguide.com was created after one family’s frustration over the lack of information on wheelchair friendly venues, led them to create a ‘tripadvisor style’ local directory to share with others with accessibility.....

Profile: 'Caring for my father was a privilege I wished had never ended,' says dementia campaigner Beth Britton

Sue Learner, News Editor (01-Apr-14)

When Beth Britton was 12, her father began to suffer from vascular dementia. He went 10 years without a diagnosis and during this time, she and her mother were his main carers. For Ms Britton, who has become.....

Profile: 'If I had my way, I would take healthcare out of politics – so it isn’t affected by changes in Government,' says care provider boss

Nina Hathway, News Editor (04-Mar-14)

By her own admission, Sandie Foxall-Smith leads ‘from the front’ and does not hesitate to speak out. On the thorny question of politics’ place in healthcare, she says: “We need a joined-up 20 year all-party plan. I would also have.....

Profile: Charity director reveals how singing can transform older people's lives

Sue Learner, News Editor (10-Feb-14)

Composer and organist, Adrian Bawtree, has been involved with the charity Sing For Your Life, for 10 years and during that time, he has witnessed a growing realisation of the immense power of music by both academics and care professionals. He.....

Profile: 'It is ironic that we get free NHS care but few get a free home care service,' says Mears Group boss

Nina Hathway, News Editor (18-Dec-13)

A new report from the Health and Social Care Information Centre has revealed that 10 per cent fewer adults are receiving free home care compared to a year ago, showing the impact of budget cuts by local authorities. Age.....

Profile: ‘To promote a caring workforce, the organisation itself must be caring’ says Penrose Care managing director

Nina Hathway, News Editor (04-Dec-13)

Former health care analyst, Robert Stephenson-Padron founded Penrose Care in 2012 together with Dr Matthew Knight, a hospital physician, with the laudable objective of providing home care that has the highest.....

'We still haven't got it right for people with disabilities,' says Leonard Cheshire chief

Sue Learner, News Editor (11-Nov-13)

Clare Pelham took over the helm of Leonard Cheshire Disability three years ago. This year, she has thrust the disability charity well and truly into the spotlight with a campaign in October to put an end to 15-minute home care visits. She.....

Profile: 'I can’t think of any other job I would rather have', says CQC’s first chief inspector of adult social care

Sue Learner, News Editor (05-Nov-13)

Andrea Sutcliffe began her new job with a bang last month, hitting the headlines with the controversial announcement, that the Care Quality Commission is to explore the benefits and risks of installing hidden cameras in care homes. As.....

Carer Mary Jordan's books offer a guide to working practice and 'may just help some avoid the devastating diagnosis of dementia'

Richard Howard, News Editor (07-Oct-13)

Experienced care professional and writer Mary Jordan credits her fellow carers as society’s unsung heroes, and speaks to homecare.co.uk about how they have inspired her growing list of works. An ability to engage with the challenges.....

Profile: Day in the Life of a Home Carer who says 'I really feel I am making a difference'

Sue Learner, News Editor (22-Jul-13)

“I love it. I really enjoy going to work. I meet lots of different people and I really feel I am making a difference,” says Jo Wood, who has been working as a home carer for Carefound Home Care (Harrogate), for nearly two years. Ms.....

Profile: Improving quality of lives key to the success of SweetTree Home Care Services

Laura McCardle, News Editor (11-Jun-13)

Barry Sweetbaum had a new vision for home care when he founded SweetTree Home Care Services with Nicki Bones, director of operations at the company, 11 years ago. He wanted to create a new model of care that.....

Mencap Heart of England's Helena Wallis navigates care sector waters with a 'compass for good outcomes'

Richard Howard, News Editors (06-Jun-13)

These might be turbulent times for the care sector, but choppy waters are there to be endured and mastered if we are to adopt the outlook of Mencap Heart of England’s chief executive Helena Wallis. Previously.....