Devonians encouraged to share festive cheer with elderly

Devonians encouraged to share festive cheer with elderly

Authored by Reporters
Posted Tuesday, December 15, 2020 - 4:11pm

DEVONIANS are being encouraged by a care provider in the county to spread some festive cheer this Christmas among any elderly and vulnerable neighbours or relatives they might have (December 2020).

Christmas can be a bleak time for anyone living alone and Guardian Homecare, which provides care in south Devon, is asking people to check on relatives and neighbours.

Catherine Porter, Manager for the care provider, said: “Christmas is all about spending time with friends and family, but there are some people out there, our service users included, that do not have many, if any, friends or family nearby. So, we’re asking anyone who knows of an elderly or vulnerable adult near to them, to pay them some extra special attention during the festive period. But please be aware of the COVID guidelines and restrictions in place so you do this safely at all times.

“It could be a small gesture like popping by to say a socially distanced ‘hello’, or perhaps taking them a box full of light weight winter essentials and leaving it on their doorstep. If you know of anyone who might be alone, then if restrictions change before the big day, consider if you can have them over for Christmas lunch, could take lunch to them or how you could help boost their day.

“Our carers become a much-needed friendly face to our service users across the yuletide as we visit them as needed over the festivities without fail, including Christmas Day.”

As part of its aim to combat social isolation, Guardian Homecare also provides personality matches when pairing up its carers with service users.

If carers and service users have similar interests they will be paired up, giving the elderly people someone, they can trust and get on with on a daily basis.

Catherine added: “We are always working to battle social isolation among our elderly and vulnerable service users. Providing emotional care is just as important as physical assistance and we are doing our upmost to make sure our service users don’t feel lonely or isolated, especially in the winter months.

“We deliver care to those we look after during the Christmas period in the way we would like our loved ones to be cared for. We currently employ nearly 200 carers across south Devon and are looking for 100 new honest and kind-hearted individuals to help add to our teams in the county this and next year.”

Guardian Homecare delivers personalised home care supporting people wishing to stay living safely and comfortably in their own homes in south Devon.

“We’re keen to dispel the myth that a career in care is poorly paid and staff lack training, support and benefits. We offer new recruits a five-day training induction and a 12-week onboarding programme working towards a care certificate.

“We’re committed to up-skilling our workforce and we’re working hard to dispel the myth that carers are not valued in the sector. Being a carer is a highly skilled, professional vocational occupation that is essential to the fabric of our society. We’re searching for people who are looking for a long-term career as care is a rapidly expanding sector and there is work in the area for many years to come.

“We offer career advancement opportunities that mean we have a highly trained, motivated and appreciated team. We provide the opportunity for our staff to obtain professional qualifications up to Level 5 in health and social care. We have jobs available in the area now with immediate start, no experience necessary just a willingness to care and to learn.

“It is a great opportunity for people to achieve a recognised qualification and they’ll also be able to have access to exclusive discounts online and in-store from retailers including Tesco, Primark and Argos. It also covers holidays and electrical goods.

“We also offer flexible working hours, both full and part-time, as well as competitive wages, generous holiday allocation and a refer a friend scheme.

“Our support is not solely elderly care; we offer home care for adults of various abilities and our team puts people first by helping individuals live independently and providing peace of mind for families. Our service is also completely personalised and ranges from daily visits to respite and overnight care.”

New recruits are given free uniforms, access to national staff discount scheme for many major brands, as well as 28 days paid holiday, paid travel between calls and paid mileage.

Anyone wishing to find out more about Guardian Homecare, which provides care in the Torbay and Exeter areas, and career in care, should call 01392 537090 or visit or

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