Up to 20 jobs have been created in the healthcare sector after the announcement of an expansion by leading domiciliary care charity Extra Care.
Following a conference attended by Health Minister Edwin Poots in Newtownabbey last week on the impact training programmes have had on family carers, Extra Care – NI’s leading domiciliary care charity – have announced the creation of 10 full-time and 10 part-time care jobs.
The move follows the release of Extra Care’s independent report on its ‘Family Carer Training Programme’ which has revealed some crucial facts and an overall positive social return of investment of £4.04 for every £1 invested - demonstrating significant value for money.
Extra Care’s Chairman Kevin Quigley commented,
“We care for some of the most vulnerable people in our society and recognise that family carers are the back bone of care in the community.
“The Extra Care ‘Family Carer Training Programme’ demonstrates the importance for sustained carer training and provides a holistic approach to care at home encompassing practical training including manual handling and personal care as well as emotional support including stress management and relaxation techniques.
“According to our evaluation report 98 per cent of those surveyed felt that without the programme’s support over the last 10 years they would not have been able to continue as a carer.”
He said the charity had also been able to identify “significant” positive impacts for carers, enabling them to access provision that would have simply not been previously available to them.
“We can see how training has helped to reduce anxiety and has given carers a greater understanding about their family member’s condition. It has allowed them to become more skilled resilient and independent in their caring role.”