INTO HOME CARE It is well known that working in home care can be an incredibly rewarding experience. Yet, what many people don’t know is that working in other sectors/divisions can give you valuable transferable skills which could make you a great home care assistant. If you are considering a career in home care but aren’t quite sure, these accounts from Bluebird Care employees who have moved into home care from other roles might help with your decision.


AT BLUEBIRD CARE “Aſter teaching for almost 30 years, I realised that I was long overdue a career change and wanted to find a less stressful position and a change of pace. As my parents became older, they had care at home and this experience made me realise I would like to be involved in this sort of rewarding work.

“Since making the career change from teaching, I haven’t had any regrets. I have found that, while I loved teaching, working in home care is a far less stressful role. All my customers are truly lovely and really enjoying what I do is important as I enter the last few years of my working life.

“The sense of value you

receive is amazing and I enjoy feeling that I have done something nice for someone even in a short space of time.”

“My advice to people considering a career change and moving into home care is to find a care company that really values and appreciates you so that you have a positive experience and a smooth transition.”


PREFERRED LAUNDRY PARTNER Sunrise Senior Living and Gracewell Healthcare have reappointed Girbau as their preferred laundry partner for a further three years.

Trusted names in the care sector for three decades, Sunrise Senior Living and Gracewell Healthcare provide a home-from- home style of care for more than 2,400 people in the UK. A high- quality laundry service for bedding, towelling and residents’ clothes is a vital part of its complete range of services.

Girbau will provide Sunrise Senior Living and Gracewell Healthcare with its full Planned Preventative Maintenance (PPM) cover, including all labour for one or two pre-arranged preventative maintenance visits per year, plus a gas safety regime and a reactive pay-as-you-go breakdown cover on laundry equipment across all of Sunrise’s 45 national sites.

The agreement also details three laundry refurbishment projects planned for the first 12 months which will include Girbau’s extensive and complimentary laundry design service covering site surveys, CQC-compliant laundry design, full M&E CAD drawings and equipment specification to meet care home capacity needs. Several care homes in the group have already been upgraded in earlier programmes, typically with at least two Girbau HS-6017 19kg capacity washers, two 55lb capacity


CARE DEPUTY CARE MANAGER “I am a person who really loves to care and I have lots of experience working in the care sector. A few years ago, I took the big decision to move from working in care homes to home care and this has turned out to be a great choice. I now really enjoy the autonomy and flexibility I get from the role and love doing something which I find deeply worthwhile.

“I have found that working in home care enables you to build very close relationships and bonds with customers and families and the support network is very tight.

“The sense of value you receive is also amazing and, although it can be difficult to walk out of a customer’s home and leave them alone, I enjoy feeling that I have done something nice for someone even in a short space of time.”

Girbau Pro Series II gas dryers, as well as a roller iron and steam iron/table. Laundries at the Sunrise homes are in use 12 hours a day, seven days a week, so equipment reliability and service support were important factors in the choice of Girbau.

Adam Keens, Director of Facilities at Sunrise Senior Living, said: “Girbau has supported Sunrise for more than 10 years. They give us good maintenance support and customer service with absolutely no fuss. They are very responsive.”

Ross Kaberry, Girbau’s National Account Manager for Sunrise, added: “We are delighted Sunrise Senior Living & Gracewell Healthcare have chosen Girbau UK as their preferred supplier of commercial laundry equipment and servicing for the next three years. As part of our commitment, we will deliver the highest service standards possible, ensure statutory compliance across the estate and deliver high-performance, eco-friendly equipment solutions with the latest technologies. Sunrise Senior Living & Gracewell are a fantastic organisation to be partnered with and we look forward to supporting their strategic plans going forward.”

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