A friendly face in care for the elderly opens branch

OPENING DAY From left, manager Julie Jones, 46, nurse/carer Jeanette Orpin, 47, with Tim Lee, 44, the CEO of Helping Hands. Picture: Malcolm Wells (150427-9005)
OPENING DAY From left, manager Julie Jones, 46, nurse/carer Jeanette Orpin, 47, with Tim Lee, 44, the CEO of Helping Hands. Picture: Malcolm Wells (150427-9005)
From left, Jacob Kennard, Gavin Moon, Ian Doyle and Sarah Talboys-Smith with Shanon Rees and Rodney Watson at the front
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An organisation that helps elderly people stay in their homes for as long as possible has opened in Fareham.

The firm Helping Hands decided to open the branch to enable it to be closer to the people it looks after.

Chief executive officer Tim Lee said: ‘We have been active in caring for people in this area for the past 20 years.

‘It is important for us now that our carers live and work in the community that we care for.’

The opening of the new office was attended by Fareham mayor David Norris who cut the ribbon at a training centre.

He said: ‘People are finding that they are having the option to stay in their own homes taken away.

‘It is important that the branch has opened as it means we can try to keep people in their homes for as long as possible.’

The new premises allow carers to carry out training closer to home with a dedicated room for small classes and practical sessions.

Branch manager Julie Jones said: ‘We have our first training session here at the end of the month which our carers will be taking part in.

‘It does mean that we can run specialised sessions for those who want to know about dementia care or other areas of care.’

By having the branch on West Street the team members are able to get to know those they care for.

Julie said: ‘We can pair patients with carers who have similar interests which means they can talk to each other about these activities.

‘It also means we can provide hourly care for those who need it.’

The business was set up by Mary Lee in 1989 round her kitchen table and her legacy can be felt in every Helping Hands branch.

Mr Lee said: ‘By having a table in every one of our new branches we can try to keep our continuity of where our roots come from and where it all started.’