Irish HomeCare invests €1.5m in carers
Leading home care provider commits to staff wellbeing to combat record inflatio
[15 March 2022, Monaghan] – Irish HomeCare, a leading national provider of home care services in Ireland, has today announced a €1.5m investment into its care teams across the country, as part of its commitment to ensure the financial wellbeing of its staff. The investment follows an announcement from the Company, in June 2021, of the recruitment of 750 staff.
Irish HomeCare, a leading national provider of home care services in Ireland, has today announced a €1.5m investment into its care teams across the country, as part of its commitment to ensure the financial wellbeing of its staff. The investment follows an announcement from the Company, in June 2021, of the recruitment of 750 staff.
The investment is focused on frontline home care workers who visit the homes of the elderly and people with disabilities, living in the community, to provide specialised support and care services. It will provide significant enhancements to pay rates, travel expenses, along with the recruitment of 8 national roles, solely focused on improving the logistical efficiencies associated with the movement of care staff between clients’ homes.
Commenting on the investment, John Florence, Chief Executive Officer, Irish HomeCare, said: “Irish HomeCare’s vision is to provide the best possible quality of life to everyone. In order for us to provide the highest-quality home care service, we need to ensure that our Carers receive the best terms and conditions for their employment. Carer wellbeing is a priority for me and since taking the role of CEO in February 2020, at the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Leadership Team have consistently worked towards enhancing our staff’s working lives. Removing the financial worry from our Carers allows them to focus fully on the job-at-hand, which is providing the highest standards of care to vulnerable people in our society.”
Endorsing the investment, Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Leo Varadkar, TD, said: “This is another really welcome announcement from Irish HomeCare, following on from the creation of 750 jobs last year. Home care workers provide a vital service for those that need it most, in communities all across the country and investment in improving their entitlements is always welcome. The increase in pay and better mileage rates being offered by the company is significant. It’s recognition that better terms and conditions will be needed to recruit and retain staff in the care economy. I’ll be assisting with that this year through the introduction of statutory sick pay in addition to more paid parental leave. I wish Irish HomeCare the very best of luck with this investment.”
Mr Florence concluded: “We are passionate about providing a service that exceeds the expectations of our communities and clients. With the amazing team of care staff we have, Irish HomeCare strives to be better every day. Last year in June, we announced 750 new roles. We have filled over 460 of these roles to date, and continue to recruit across the country. The demand for home care has surged since the pandemic began and we want the best carers to join the Irish HomeCare family as we continue on this journey. I am humbled to be associated with this outstanding group of people.”
Irish HomeCare continues to recruit across the country with over 300 Carer roles available, along with the 8 new roles announced today. The company provides high-quality training to new staff when they join the company. As a registered training centre with City & Guilds, Irish HomeCare will offer all new employees specialised bespoke training opportunities to support them in their role and professional development. With a highly qualified team of tutors based in regional offices around the country, Irish HomeCare offers unique and individualised training supports tailored to suit each employee’s learning needs, along with specific requirements of individual care delivery. Irish HomeCare also operates an ‘Earn While You Learn’ programme designed to help employees gain qualifications while working.
To learn more, visit https://irishhomecare.ie/jobs/become-a-carer/
About Irish HomeCare
Irish HomeCare, headquartered in Co. Monaghan and currently employing 1,000 people, provides a comprehensive range of care and support services to enable people to live at home independently, safely and with dignity, for as long as possible. Irish HomeCare’s care and support services include companionship services, practical and personal care supports, specialist services and reablement programmes.