Boss of care company takes flowers and chocolates to elderly

The boss of a Shropshire care company has been busy travelling across the county to deliver flowers and chocolates to his clients in celebration of International Day of Older Persons.

Steve Harris, managing director of Carewatch (Mid Shropshire) said he wanted to celebrate the day, which was marked on October 1, with the elderly in their own home.

Previously the Telford-based firm has held a party at its offices at Stafford Park 13 but Mr Harris said many of the company’s service users are housebound and not able to attend.

He said: “They are not able to take part in coffee mornings or events in the local communities so this year, we decided to address the balance by taking as much of the celebration to them.

“I have been taking flowers and chocolates and other treats to many of our clients.

“It’s been a lot of fun for me to meet them in their own homes and I’ve enjoyed hearing their thoughts on our company.

“It’s really important for me to visit them as many of our clients are very isolated.”

Mr Harris said October 1 was a chance for people to improve attitudes towards older people and appreciate the role they play in society.

He said: “Although the celebration is just one day, it’s something we should think about all year round.

“Often the elderly can be forgotten about and are treated like lesser members of society. Our aim at Carewatch is to take care of the elderly and show them just how valued they are.”

Clients who benefit from services provided by Carewatch (Mid Shropshire) include pensioners and disabled people.

“Our carers have been providing a professional service through Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin since 1999,” Mr Harris said.

“We have achieved and maintained the highest quality rating possible with all regulatory bodies and authorities.

“We have also won the awards for growth, quality as well as business of the year.”

As well as visiting the elderly in their homes, Carewatch (Mid Shropshire) welcomes many visitors to its headquarters.

“Our office on Stafford Park is an open door to visitors and social work teams and, during the summer months, service users days on crafts and seated physical activities are the norm,” Mr Harris said.

Carewatch (Mid Shropshire) has 75 carers offering 24-hour care, adult care, care for children, live-in carers, personal care and risk assessments in the home.

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