Seniors Helping Seniors has adapted its franchise process to ensure more people have access to jobs and the care support they need
Seniors Helping Seniors has been caring for over 21 years. The way the company does things has always been different. Providing work experienced carers want to do and building a business around those requirements was radical. It remains unique. A specialist employer offering valuable local work people love to do that pays above the real living wage.
The focus is carers and clients, jointly. Here are a few amazing stories from lockdown and some of the reasons for safety and capacity during the pandemic.
Christian Wilse, co-owner of the service in the UK, says: “Our carers have years of experience - that’s what we mean by Seniors. It follows that our carers usually live alone or in small units, but until the pandemic we hadn’t thought that was a particular benefit.
“We experience willingness every day, but now we realise how relatively easily we kept the risks of COVID-19 low. We have been very lucky.
Everyone stayed well and our carers wanted to keep working to keep helping others.”
An app for carers to report their health before every visit and modified schedules helped. Carers felt safe to work and they have the time to do whatever matters most for people.
“Helping people with technology has been increasingly important,” Christian says. “Family Facetimes, Zoom, seated yoga classes and virtual choirs have been added to essential services like shopping, meal preparation with clients, prompting medication, cleaning and laundry.
“Keeping people safe, active and nourished is vital. The age group who survived the Blitz tend to ignore their own needs, but GPs and family know the importance of a strong immune system maintained through food, exercise, fluids and state of mind.
“We have continued to hire outstanding new carers during the crisis and regularly receive calls from new clients saying: ‘I’m worried about my mum and with the kids going back to school, I can’t trust we’ll be safe to visit her for a long time’.”
With social distancing set to continue, loneliness and support are a top priority.
COVID-19 has destroyed confidence in care homes, charities and traditional care models. People are prepared to self-fund, providing terms of business are fair.
The number of people aged 85 or over is set to double over the next 25 years in the UK. Community care that is demonstrably different is needed more than ever.
Seniors Helping Seniors came to the UK seven years ago to be different and fair. The company has adapted its franchise processes to assist people who are looking at recession proof franchises. Seniors Helping Seniors offers franchisees:
- A new dedicated franchise website.
- A reduced franchise fee of £20,000 for a limited period.
- The lowest overheads in the sector.
A new franchise can open relatively quickly to take advantage of demand. The company’s focus is on the south east and east UK.
At a glance Seniors Helping Seniors
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