Coronavirus: South Yorkshire home care company in urgent recruitment drive

A home care company which operates across South Yorkshire is looking to recruit hundreds of staff urgently to meet demand caused by coronavirus.

Monday, 23rd March 2020, 4:48 pm
Updated Monday, 23rd March 2020, 4:49 pm

Optimo Care Group needs to take on staff immediately as demand for its home care services has soared at the same time that some of its existing workforce have been forced to self-isolate.

The firm is supporting councils and the NHS by giving care in the community so patients can be sent home and beds can be freed up.

The jobs range from five hours a week to full time. They are open to people with or without previous experience and full training and equipment will be provided.

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Optimo Care Group needs to take on staff immediately

The hourly rates range from £8.20 - £9.50 and staff are paid for their travel time and travel expenses.

The roles include assisting with personal care, helping those with limited mobility, collecting shopping and prescriptions, and generally making sure they are ok.

Often the home carer is the only person they will see all day and so the visit, support and conversation is incredibly important in maintaining their wellbeing.

Jane Lister, group recruitment manager at Optimo Care Group, said: “As a business we currently work with and support around 1,300 people.

"However, with the current situation, needing over-70s needing to self isolate and for the NHS to free beds, we have a high demand for our community care services.

“As a result we’re looking to recruit hundreds of people to help us deliver the care that is needed.

“In addition to providing full training, and flexible contracts from five hours a week to full time, carers are also on the government’s list of key workers, meaning their children will still be able to attend school or nursery during the current closures.”

Visits can range from 15 minutes to a few hours per day and the roles will involve travel within their designated community, with travel time and expenses covered.

For more information about the roles and to apply, call 01226 785 911 option 3 or email [email protected] and include your contact details.