Fifty jobs will be created in the island over the next 12 months following the launch of a company specialising in at-home care for the elderly.
Home Instead Senior Care, based in Malew Street, Castletown, has been started by husband and wife team, Phil and Emer Wiseman.
Their decision to start a care company came after their personal experience of finding care for their family.
Mrs Wiseman said her mother, who lives in Ireland, became housebound, aged 78, after having a bad fall in her kitchen: ‘As I spent many months crossing the Irish Sea to help take care of her I began to understand how difficult it is for families in this situation.
‘I could tell that being housebound was very frustrating for my mother, so I was keen to find care for her that would not only assist her with her daily needs but would also enable her to stay connected with what was going on in her local community, that’s when we came across Home Instead Senior Care [in Dublin].’
She said: ‘We were keen to start a new business which would have a positive impact on our community and after encountering Home Instead in Dublin, we knew we wanted to provide this level of quality care and companionship to people across the island.
‘It will be very much a family business and we hope that our two children (aged 10 and 14), will grow up with the same passion to make a real difference.’
Mrs Wiseman said they intended to build the business up slowly.
At the moment, there is a care manager and two ‘caregivers’, providing services in the south.
In addition, six new recruits will finish their training this week.
By the end of the year it is hoped they will be providing services across the island.
The couple are currently advertising for part-time ‘caregivers’ in the south, and south Douglas.
It states: ‘Comprehensive training is provided, so no experience is necessary.
‘More importantly we are looking for folk with the heart to make a difference to the lives of the elderly.’
Mrs Wiseman said: ‘For our clients, staying at home for longer can be made possible by quite small, but very significant measures and we pride ourselves in offering a bespoke service for each of our clients.
‘Whether that be a couple of hours a week in companionship, a few visits a week for home help or providing care for more significant non-medical matters.’
Services are tailored to the needs of individual clients and include companionship, home help and personal care.
Specialised dementia care services will be offered from later this year.
‘Caregivers’ will complete a bespoke City and Guilds dementia care package.
Home Instead has offices around the world, including more than 140 in the UK.