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National Story: Daily Mail
November 9th 2017
Career Mail is a regular section in the printed Daily Mail national newspaper. They often look at opportunities for the ageing population. Knowing we provide work for older workers and business opportunities for people who want to set up their own Seniors Helping Seniors, they contacted us when they published an article on what people can use their management skills for. The article appeared in print and the author Linda Whitney kindly gave her permission to refer to her Career Mail article
Harnessing your skills and show you care
IF YOUR career background is in management, it is a useful skill to transfer to a franchise.
Christian Wilse and his wife Sally run the Seniors Helping Seniors franchise in Canterbury, Kent, employing older people to prove elderly care services.
And Christian, the UK master franchisor of Seniors Helping Seniors, is also recruiting UK franchisees with management skills and heart.
“Over 95 per cent of Seniors Helping Seniors’ 300 franchisees across the globe, left the corporate world to concentrate on doing something worthwhile with their skills” he says.
Seniors Helping Seniors franchisees match carers to clients and use their project management and operational skills for efficient scheduling and logistics.
Andy Boothman, a former management franchisee at a cleaning franchise who is considering investing in Seniors Helping Seniors, says, “My people skills will transfer well to Seniors Helping Seniors, and I will use my financial management and marketing skills. As a former franchisee I also know franchisors help you develop skills you lack.
Christian adds: ‘ we want to hear from people with management skills. The current investment required is £10,000 so it does not usually make too big a dent in a redundancy package or pension pot.
Providing rewarding work to an ageing population
Linda Whitney featured Seniors Helping Seniors® in What Franchise Magazine to explain how our managed care service makes a rewarding business you can run from home and the opportunities of our franchise. Seniors Helping Seniors provides services for an ageing population, is often run by older entrepreneurs and the workforce is older workers
Seniors Helping Seniors explains why old fashioned is best
In the very near future, it’s going to be increasingly unusual for retirees not to work.
The driving forces are increased life expectancy, economic uncertainty, a re-visioning of later years, where people want to do something useful and rewarding, and the elimination of the idea that pensions will be able to sustain us. Fortunately, there’s also greater need for the skills of older people. Especially in care.
Seniors Helping Seniors has a 20-year franchising history and an award winning care brand in the UK, which represents loving, caring, giving and compassionate care.
An emphasis on service, which could be called old fashioned, may not be the most obvious money making opportunity, but there’s no lasting substitute.
Automation, databases and dealing with people as if they’re problems that need solving in the most efficient way all make sense to the bottom line, but they’re not polite or dignified and they don’t put clients first.
Quick fix solutions have a knack of coming unstuck when things like life get in the way.
What people need when they’re looking for care for the elderly is a fully managed service they can trust. They want to be able to plan and rely on it to adapt and accommodate events in their lives and events in carers’ lives.
Seniors Helping Seniors is not greedy for profit. Every decision made is about doing the right thing for clients and staff and it’s evidence that doing good first makes great money.
Elderly care is provided by older carers with either professional care backgrounds or experience of caring for loved ones. The work is well paid, rewarding and flexible, so it fits nicely around their later life commitments.
The company has no issues attracting or retaining carers because carers are fully supported, well paid and fully respected.
The care provided is outstandingly effective because the carer is carefully matched to the client, personally introduced and the schedule is well managed. Because carer and client are of similar ages and they have a lot in common, the care is more easy to accept, even by the most fiercely independent. The objective is to keep people safe, well and living in their own homes as long as possible.
The BBC filmed a special news report on the success and opportunities at Seniors Helping Seniors. Clients are eager to have help in the south east and east of the UK as soon as possible, so the company is looking to recruit new franchisees here first.
The service provided by Seniors Helping Seniors is out of the scope of the Care Quality Commission because it’s not ‘personal care’, so the set-up costs of this franchise are significantly less than care models offering personal care.
The franchisor is a British Franchise Association member and has experience of what is takes to repeat and reproduce successful businesses in different locations. The care and support Seniors Helping Seniors franchisees receive is as outstanding as the care provided to clients.
This is a way to run your own business, as opposed to looking for work yourself at 50-plus years of age.
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. The article appeared in print and the author Linda Whitney kindly gave her permission to refer to her Career Mail article
Helping Hand coming from the Senior Service
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.
Starting a business in your 50s is easier than you think!
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
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
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.
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.
Why become a franchisee?
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
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 employers
Celebrating the best care in the UK & Further Afield.
Caron Cares Advice and information for anyone caring for someone elderly, or someone with dementia
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 Radio Kent 29/05/2015: Interviewed by Lembit Opik –
Big Venture Challenge Winner 2015: Announced 28/05/2015
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com
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