Family firm expands home care service

A Great Harwood-based family company  is set to significantly expand its home care service, creating up to 100 new jobs.

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Townfield Care will also establish its own in-house Training Academy as part of the planned growth. It will ensure new staff members deliver the highest standards of personal care tailored to an individual's needs, which has long been the hallmark of the family-run business.

Founded in 1990 by Maria Timmins, the company is now jointly run by her sons, Michael and John Timmins, backed up by a dedicated team of care professionals. Together they have continued the tradition of personalised care to ensure the best possible quality of life.

Now, Townfield Care works in three key areas; It has a small residential home for the elderly - Sherwood House, in Rishton -  a specialist dementia care home, designed for those suffering from Alzheimer's or any form of memory loss. It also provides a comprehensive home care service.

Over the next 12 months Townfield aims to increase the home care hours it provides to around 2,500 per week, which will mean recruiting between 60 and 100 new employees, depending on the hours they work.

Michael said: "We need everyone from full-time carers through to those with a few hours for ‘tea and toast' companionship visits, which can be just as important when someone is feeling isolated at home.

"The job can be very flexible to fit around people's lifestyles and circumstances. For some it's the first step to a career in nursing, while others want to give whatever help and support someone needs to remain in their own home. The key thing is that we have the right kind of people - people who really care."

John added: "As well as meeting the requirements of the Quality Care Commission, we insist that all our team are trained to our own high standards, so that's why we are setting up our Townfield Care Academy.

"By using our in-house trainer and experienced staff to pass on their knowledge and skills, we can be sure that new team members not only meet the industry standards but also commit to our own high standards, whatever level of care they are providing.

"People are living longer, but quite understandably want to stay living comfortably in their own homes.

"Our service provides the right level of support to meet their individual needs at home, and as their needs change then the type of help we provide changes too. We keep coming back to this, but it's all about helping people as individuals. No matter how many people we care for, everyone is different and unique. That's the most important lesson Mum taught us."