Charity for elderly aims to make home care more local

Suzanne Booth.
Suzanne Booth.

A charity which supports older people has announced a reshuffle which it hopes will lead to more personal and tailored care in the county.

Age UK Northumberland, which is responsible for supporting more than 800 older people in their homes across the county’s diverse rural communities and employs almost 300 people in the home-care and day-services teams, has announced a change in its operational structure.

As part of a new strategy launched in 2013, the charity has now begun a restructure for both teams, to be rolled out between now and September.

Each local area in the county will now have its own area team leader, supporting and leading a team of professional carers to deliver care within their communities.

And a pilot scheme is already underway in Rothbury – one of the first areas to benefit. Suzanne Brook has been appointed as area team leader for the village and surrounding areas and, with her current team of 10 carers, looks after 30 people, which is expected to grow.

Suzanne is looking to boost her team, doubling the number of carers.

She said: “I am not necessarily looking for people with experience as full training is given to all staff.

“It’s more important for people to be reliable, caring, compassionate listeners, be flexible and most importantly, have a real passion about supporting older people in their own home and wanting to make a real difference within their local communities”.