New care home looks to fill its 60 vacancies

An artist impression of Eothen Homes' proposed new development in Wallsend.
An artist impression of Eothen Homes' proposed new development in Wallsend.
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Dozens of jobs are to be created when a new care home opens.

Eothen Homes’ purpose-built, £6.2m, 52-bed home in Wallsend is due to open next March, aiming to set the standards for dementia care.

Our new home is dedicated to providing the very best quality of care for people with dementia and we are looking for the very best quality of staff

Eothen’s operations manager, Christine Hardy

Bosses have begun the recruitment process to fill the 60 jobs being created, with the first role to be filled a manager with strong leadership qualities and interpersonal skills.

Eothen, which also has a residential care home in Whitley Bay, will be working closely with Dementia Care Matters to provide training programmes to ensure all employees provide the highest quality of life for those living there.

Eothen’s operations manager, Christine Hardy, said: “The carers and support staff do not necessarily have to have worked in care homes or have qualifications in the care sector.

“It’s more about recruiting people with the right values and attitudes who can help make our residents feel occupied, needed and loved.

“People who have worked in care can sometimes be task-focused, but we will be providing person-centred care, where the focus is on really connecting with the people living there to create a family environment and relationship-centred support.”

Dementia Care Matters founder and CEO, David Sheard, said: “Dementia care requires people who are naturals, intuitive, emotionally intelligent, spontaneous, flexible and aware of what matters most in life.

“It is essential to attract feelings-based people.”

The building has been designed to create a homely environment where residents feel a sense of safety and belonging.

he home will be divided into four households, with 13 beds in each, and the staff will work in the same households to ensure familiarity and continuity of care.

Mrs Hardy said: “It’s not a traditional care home approach at all. It’s about creating family style, small group living.

“Staff will get to know the residents really well and develop relationships with them.

“It’s all about breaking down barriers and not having an ‘us and them’ attitude.”

She added: “Our new home is dedicated to providing the very best quality of care for people with dementia and we are looking for the very best quality of staff who feel they can make a difference to residents’ lives.”

Eothen aims to create an environment that is as close as possible to residents living at home with their families.

Staff will not wear uniforms, they will eat their meals with residents and there will be no trolleys for food drink or medication which will instead be given individually.

The new home provides large en-suite bedrooms, lounge areas and open plan kitchens in each household.

There are extensive gardens to provide freedom in a secure setting with various points of interest along the way.

If you are interested in securing a place at the home reservations are now being taken.

For more information, please visit www.eothenhomes.org.uk