The Uppermill branch of elderly care firm Home Instead has announced the appointment of a new Care Manager.
Helen Thomas now has the job of running much of the day-to-day operations of the company in our area. It provides services allowing pensioners to stay in their own homes rather than moving into residential care.
From its Uppermill office on Church Road, a team of 32 staff provide care to elderly people across Saddleworth and Oldham, making it a notable local employer.
In a statement announcing Helen’s appointment, boss Mick Sheehan said: “Helen has a wealth of experience and is passionate about her work and the service we provide. She is a welcome addition to the team and we’re absolutely delighted she has joined us.”
The Saddleworth and Oldham branch of Home Instead has previously won an internal award for its service, as reported by Saddleworth News here.
The issue of care for the elderly has featured prominently in local politics in the past few months. The previous Liberal Democrat/Conservative administration on Oldham Council wanted to privatise things like home help visits and respite care, to save money.
Those measures were passed as part of its budget for 2011/12. But since taking control of the council last month, Labour, which opposed the plans in opposition, has indicated it will reverse them and find alternative savings in its emergency budget next month.