Local care service creating jobs

A locally-based service providing care for people at home has provided over 20 jobs.

A locally-based service providing care for people at home has provided over 20 jobs.

Care-At-Home-Services, Newtown, Eadestown, was set up by Maggie Edwards, who worked as a public health nurse in County Kildare before she left to set up the company. It serves both the Health Service Executive and private clients.

The enterprise has 20 permanent staff and a number of relief care personnel, who can be called upon.

“I hope to recruit more staff because I know we will be asked to provide more services,” Ms. Edwards told the Leader, adding that most of them live in the Naas area. Her daughter Fiona, an occupational therapist, also works with CAHS.

Ms. Edwards started the business in 2005.

“Home care is the way forward but when I started out it was in its infancy. It is now a growing industry because people want to and now can stay at home. Our staff are Garda vetted, qualified and have references. We can provide services for an hour a day up to 24 hour a day care. The Government have embraced the concept of home care and are organising the provision of services to people within the home. National guidelines will be rolled out for the service providers,” she said.

The service is for people with disabilities, those living with early onset dementia and young people with more chronic disabilities.