Care company creates jobs

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A Duffield couple are set to create up to 50 jobs when they launch a new care company.

Susan and Philip King are opening their own branch of the Bluebird Care Network – which has more than 160 offices in the UK and Ireland – on May 13.

The pair decided to set-up the new venture after finding it difficult to secure care for four of their own relatives.

The company will working with customers and their families that require social care in their own homes – offering tailored care visits from 30 minutes to full live-in support.

Susan said: “We have found that support is not that easy to find in this area through our own experiences.

“We had also been looking for an opprtunity to work together and decided that establishing an efficient service such as this would be very worthwhile.

“We will be delivering high quality care to people in their own homes and will be recruiting over 35 people over the next few months. That could rise up to 50 people within 18 months.”

Anyone needing assistance will be able to walk-in and discuss their needs after the couple took over a vacant shop in Bridge Street, Belper.

Among the services on offer are supporting older people, those with learning or physical disabilities as well as children and their families.

Care for people with mobility issues and learning difficulties is also being provided.

Susan continued: “We wanted to be accessible and make it possible for people to walk in and talk to us, which is why we have moved into the former Ashley Adams shop on Bridge Street.

“We will be providing everything from companionship and help with the shopping to respite care.”

Bluebird carers also provide support of a practical nature; help with getting up, washing or dressing or help with meals, laundry and ironing.

Alternatively they can accompany people while they do their shopping, take a walk in the park or visit their relatives and friends.

The new agency will cover the Amber Valley area, including belper and Duffield as well as Bakewell, Matlock, Ashbourne, Ripley and Heanor.

Philip and Susan will be assisted with the day to day management of the service by a care manager, supervisor and co-ordinator.

For more information about the new service log on to the website at www.