Award-winning homecare provider lands new contract
Award-winning Gloucestershire homecare provider DoCare is expanding into new territory following its success in gaining a contract from Bristol City Council.
The contract, to provide support for clients referred by the council’s Social Services, was awarded recently and gets underway this month. It means that DoCare – which currently employs around 100 people – will recruit some six staff initially to cater for the new clients, which will include private clients as well as those taken on via Social Services.
The team covering Bristol will operate out of the company’s existing office in Yate, but there are plans to open a Bristol office. DoCare also has teams in Cirencester, Cheltenham, Dursley, Gloucester, and at its Stroud head office. The company recently expanded into Oxfordshire, opening a new base in Witney.
“We are delighted to be working with Bristol City Council’s Social Services,” said DoCare’s Managing Director Steve Mills. “We had an excellent end to 2012, winning new contracts with Oxfordshire Social Services as well as Bristol, and are currently recruiting dedicated and experienced team members to work in both areas.”
Steve, who is also on the Board of the industry’s professional body, the United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA), added: “We’re looking forward to developing relationships with local GP practices, social workers and other health professionals who also support older people in their own homes.”
DoCare was established in 2004 and has grown to a 100-strong team covering a 1,000 square mile area.
One of DoCare’s Area Managers – Kerry-Ann Lees – is the current holder of the national Dementia Carer of the Year, one of the Great British Care Awards. Steve and his wife and co-director Una have been shortlisted for the Care Employer Award for this year’s national Great British Care Awards.
DoCare provides homecare support for adults, mainly elderly people, to enable them to carry on living in their own homes, instead of going into care or a nursing home. The company provides extensive training to staff, and many – including Kerry-Ann – have taken the Gloucestershire Dementia Link Care Programme to enable them to deliver expert support to clients with dementia.
For more information about DoCare, or to apply for a place on the new Bristol or Oxfordshire teams, visit www.docare.co.uk or contact 0333 700 0333.