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National Story: Daily Mail 21st September 2017

The newspaper leads with a front page story “Shame of Care Homes That Just Don’t Care” and how there are “four serious failures probed every day, 100 care firms struck off in a year and charities warning of ‘frightening crisis’” The Daily Mail’s policy editor Daniel Martin laid bare the extent of the crisis in the elderly care system and  Linda Whitney’s asked us how Seniors Helping Seniors is helping  “Helping Hand coming from the Senior Service”

Helping Hand Coming from the Senior Service

Old fashioned values with cutting edge efficiency -that’s us!

The over-50s have come to dominate start-ups. The combination  of private pension payouts being accessible at 55, more employees being offered redundancy in their 50s and the knowledge that most 50-year-olds have another 30 years of active life are tempting more people to become entrepreneurs. 

A franchise can be a faster and easier option than setting up a standalone business and Linda Whitney asked us about the pros cons  worth considering before you invest in a franchise at 50-plus.

BFA’s What Franchise magazine asked us how fully managed elderly care services help families

 Fully Managed Elderly Care Services.

Starting a business in your 50s is easier than you think!

Start Up loans interviewed us about our business to help them shake off the notion that starting a business in middle-age isn’t a good idea.
More than four out of 10 new businesses in the UK are started by people over 50, over 55s are now 63% more likely to start businesses than 10 years ago and those who start a business in their 50s are 42% more likely to be successful than their younger counterparts. Older entrepreneurs have the advantage of being able to tap into wealth of experience and knowledge and how we are looking for good-hearted entrepreneurs to become Seniors Helping Seniors business owners in UK.

Christian Wilse, Seniors Helping Seniors UK

Christian Wilse, Seniors Helping Seniors

59-year-old Christian Wilse launched the UK franchise arm of elderly home care service Seniors Helping Seniors in January 2014, after received funding from The Start Up Loans Company to start the business.

Based in Kent, Wilse’s business helps seniors and their families by offering compassionate, loving care from fellow seniors.

Wilse and his wife have been working full-time for the business ever since launch date. They are the only full-time employees but work with around 100 part-time care providers – on a typical month’s payroll the company will have around 40 working care providers. Due to most of the care providers being retired, they will work around 10-20 hours a week, but the shift patterns are very flexible.

Previously, Wilse spent most of his career as a successful businessman in the media field. He ran a media monitoring company, and set up Tiscali in Norway (where he is originally from), amongst other business ventures.

Additionally, Wilse is actively looking for good-hearted entrepreneurs to become Seniors Helping Seniors business owners.

Making Money Magazine asked us to identify the pros and cons  worth considering before you invest in a franchise at 50-plus Linda Whitney

Investing in a franchise at 50+

Seniors Helping Seniors Scoops Top 10 Award

May 1st 2017 Seniors Helping Seniors has been recognised as a Top 10 Recommended Agency Group in the UK by Homecare.co.uk – The leading UK home care website

Top 10 Award

A subsidiary of the British Business Bank publishes the Seniors Helping Seniors Success story

28/4/2017  Start Up loans is a subsidiary of the British Business Bank. It delivers the Government’s start up loans programme and published the  Seniors Helping Seniors Success story  https://www.startuploans.co.uk/success-stories/seniors-helping-seniors/

 

Highlighting examples of good practice and innovation in the sector

8/2/2017 Care Talk Care Industry magazine new national opportunity for innovation in elderly care in-home services 

What rights do people in care have?

Choose is a UK price comparison site, focused on helping consumers find the best deal and understand their rights.

Evictions from care homes and families being banned from visiting hit the news in November 2016 and since no one is keeping records of these evictions, Choose asked us to explore what rights people in care have.

19/12/2016 What rights do people in care have? helping people gain the control to plan for elderly care and to feel safe and comfortable in their choices.

What care options are there for people on a budget?

22/11/2016  Choose  asked to write a money feature about care budgets. Looking at elderly care options on a budget and planning ahead to avoid a crisis. What care options are there for people on a budget? how do we ensure access to the elderly care we require, and on a budget that suits us? The key is to start looking before we need to.

Preventing Malnutrition in later life

Malnutrition task force is an independent group of experts across health, social care and local government united to address avoidable and preventable malnutrition in older people.  Established in 2012, they aim to share expertise and work with partners in hospitals, care homes, local authorities and private and voluntary organisations.

As part of Carers Week 2016, they asked us for some some suggestions on how to rekindle an interest in food when a loved has one gone off meals or  lost confidence in the kitchen.

15/11/2016 Boosting appetite for someone with dementia or a frail appetite    

Activities around mealtimes

Unforgettable The world’s best marketplace for dementia products and services, asked us to talk about how we use slow cooking to encourage those with frail appetites to be interested in mealtimes again.

The whole mealtime experience is one of the most important contributions to an elderly person’s health and happiness. However, if your loved one with dementia is struggling in the kitchen, or not sure what to cook, you may need  some ideas.

Boosting appetite for someone with dementia

Why become a franchisee?

British Franchise Association

21/10/16 The British Franchise Association asked  us to write about our franchisee in Harrow   Care at home service  Seniors Helping Seniors®  expands-its offering to the London borough of Harrow and Northwood

Awarded Membership of British Franchise Association

09/09/2016 see our Listing and Key information here https://www.thebfa.org/members/seniors-helping-seniors

BBC Special news report

Seniors Helping Seniors®  Featured in a Special report on BBC South East evening news on 12.10.2016

In a News segment about the pace of care home closures and the affects to the quality of care, the BBC featured Seniors Helping Seniors® with a special report on the company’s expansion and unique approach. Yvette Austin talked about the new type of care that matches mature carers to clients for in home care.  Focussing on greater understanding and empathy, “clients have someone they can relate to.”  Families who live far away say carer Margaret Plues is  “just what she wants” for their parent Ann Cole and carer Margaret explains what is unique about working for Seniors Helping Seniors®

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Please welcome Harrow & Northwood in Middlesex, North London

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George Demetriou (left) and Christian Wilse signing the agreement 17.03.2016

How do you know if a care company is trust worthy?

Care of the elderly is a sector where trust is everything The Web videos team talk about conveying trust through our video

Living Wage Employer

Seniors Helping Seniors®  accredited with Living Wage Mark 28/8/2015: Accreditation press release_celebrating new employersLW_logo_employer_rgb copy

Celebrating the best care in the UK & Further Afield.

Caron Cares  Advice and information for anyone caring for someone elderly, or someone with dementia

August 2016

Matching the skills and experience of older people to the needs of the elderly in a relationship focussed partnership. The video below explains how.

 

BBC London News

22/06/2015 – Interview with MP Alistair Burt, trying to answer:                  “Where will the carers come from?”

Awards Wins

News & Awards 2015:BBC logo

BBC Radio Kent 29/05/2015: Interviewed by Lembit Opik –

 

Big Venture Challenge Winner 2015: Announced 28/05/2015

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SCOOT Headline Award for “Small Business – Service Industries” – National Bronze Winner 2015

 

Innovation & Excellence Award 2015 –  Social Enterprise (page 99)

 

How to Age Proof your body: Daily Mail Article

To help keep your mind and memory in good condition, it’s helpful to interact more with other people, whether through a job, voluntary work, standing for election as a councillor or starting a new business such as Seniors Helping Seniors®

Sir Muir Gray – One of Britain’s top doctors and a former Chief of knowledge for the NHS has mentioned us in his article in the Daily Mail (Mail Online) – January 19, 2015

Planning for Later life

Read and download our article in Canterbury Index Magazine, April in pdf Planning for Later life 2015

 

News & Awards 2014: 

BBC Radio Kent 31/07/2014: Call to Julia George

“The Judging panel have had the unenviable task of selecting those companies most worthy of one of these prestigious awards and after much deliberation they are pleased to declare Seniors Helping Seniors has been awarded Sustainability Award for Innovation in Social Enterprise.”

Seniors Helping Seniors® is a Fast Growth Award Winner for 2014 for its innovative in-home care service – Read more here

Seniors Helping Seniors® services have been part of a recent (April 2014) research “Pushing Boundaries” by UnLtd who supports Social Enterprises. We are case study no 8 on page 30 – you can download the research here UnLtd.org.uk

Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home services features in the annual magazine “Planning for Later Life” on page 46 – You can read an online version here or contact us on 01227 454 900 or send a mail to administrator@seniorshelpingseniors.co.uk and we will mail you a copy.

Do you have the heart of a volunteer? Do you or do you know a friend that would like to help and care for others? We are always looking for loving, giving, caring people that are compassionate about others. Contact us  for a friendly conversation or email contactme@seniorshelpingseniors.co.uk

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