A RECRUITMENT drive for carers will see 70 new jobs created.
Home Instead Senior Care has announced the creation of the new jobs in Gosport and Fareham for the year ahead and will start taking people on this month.
The company, which has a branch at Fort Fareham Business Park, off Newgate Lane, is part of a national network which provides care to elderly people in their own homes.
The new jobs have been welcomed by Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage.
She said: ‘This is great news for local jobs.
‘It is really important that people are able to stay in their own homes for as long as possible.
‘It is not actually good for people’s mental health and well-being to be in a hospital for longer than they need to be.
‘People are much better when they are cared for in their own homes.’
She added: ‘It is also great news for local jobs in Gosport and Fareham as well.’
The drive for carers comes as more elderly people are opting to remain in their homes rather than live in care homes or places with on-site carers and wardens.
Leader of Gosport Borough Council Mark Hook said: ‘We all appreciate that the population is aging and people are living longer.
‘The one thing that people want to do is remain in their own homes.
‘Getting this help to give that extra care is something that is appreciated.
‘In Gosport we are fortunate because Hampshire County Council has invested significantly in the town.
‘They have provided extra care for Juniper Court and there will be an extra 90 units built near Alec Rose House which is good news.
‘But it is a welcome opportunity if this sort of company can supply that type of professional care.’
John James from the Fareham and Gosport office of Home Instead, said: ‘The huge increase in demand for home care has resulted in a significant period of change and growth in social care.
‘This is leading to a broader range of improved job opportunities in the sector.
‘We are delighted to be creating 70 jobs, bringing a welcome employment boost to the region.’
He added: ‘We consider our fantastic caregivers as everyday superheroes; they are everyday people doing extraordinary work.
‘Whether they are providing companionship care, preparing meals, or helping with daily living routines, they are making a difference to the lives of the elderly.’
For more information on Home Instead Senior Care visit their website at homeinstead.co.uk/farehamandgosport