Mum-of-two creates nine jobs with new Doncaster care centre

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A care professional frustrated by the limitations of the care system is opening her own adultday centre and has already created nine jobs for local people.

Rebecca Carter has worked in the care sector for 17 years since starting her career as a teenager. She began initially as a cleaner within days of leaving school before progressing to the role of healthcare assistant, later becoming a deputy manager and senior care co-ordinator.

As well as jobs in hospitals and residential and nursing homes, Rebecca, 34, has looked after people extensively in their own homes as an agency worker. However, the time restrictions placed on visits and a lack of flexibility to respond to individual needs prompted her to set up her own company, United Care and Support, in partnership with a former colleague to offer a different approach and provide the service seven days a week.

The centre, named Terrace Gardens and based in Castle Avenue, Conisbrough, has disabled facilities, a scenic patio area and is aimed at people aged over 50 who are generally independent or require minimum support. They can choose to visit for an hour or two, half a day or all day. Unusually, the centre will be open every day to support carers in need of respite and to ensure provision at weekends when people can feel particularly isolated.

A varied range of activities including crafts, cookery, gardening, games and music will be included along with meals and refreshments prepared on-site.

Rebecca has now appointed six support workers and is currently recruiting three people for the posts of cook.

“My aim is to provide a home from home that makes a difference to people and puts a smile on their faces,” said Rebecca. “Very often, with time, support and encouragement, older people with limited abilities can still do the things they enjoy. Having company, interests and social interaction has a positive impact on everyone and that’s what I want to achieve,” she added.

The mum-of-two is originally from Thurnscoe and moved to Essex as a child but returned to South Yorkshire last year and now lives in Mexborough.

Terrace Gardens is due to open on May 7 and people who would like details about fees and facilities can contact Rebecca on 01709 867608 or email: ucsenquiry@gmail.com

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