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Working at Willow Court, an Extra Care scheme

A career in care and support is not only rewarding for you, but you can also make a huge impact on our customers and their families.

Being there to help look after other people’s loved ones not only allows people to live as independently as possible, but can ease the strain on their family.

The multi-million pound Willow Court assisted living scheme is just one of our locations where you can help to make a real difference to people’s lives.

What is Willow Court and who lives there?

Willow Court is Longhurst Group’s state-of-the-art assisted living scheme in Whittlesey, near Peterborough. It’s made up of 60 individual flats with a mixture of one and two bedrooms.

The scheme provides older people with the chance to live independently in a fully accessible and modern home, which has been specially designed to help support its residents, while having access to care as and when they need it.

What sort of care is provided within assisted living settings?

The type of care provided to residents at assisted living settings depends entirely on their needs. They’ll each have personalised care packages which are delivered by care workers and can include tasks ranging from personal care to helping them get around the building.

As a care worker at places like Willow Court, what difference can I make to people’s lives?

By working as a care worker at Willow Court and other assisted living schemes, you can make more of a difference to people’s lives than you’ll ever know.

One person who can vouch for that is Sandra Haynes, who’s full of praise for our colleagues working at Willow Court and credits their hard work and dedication to restoring her relationship with her mother.

She now feels like she’s got her relationship with her mum back after it deteriorated prior to her moving into Willow Court.

“The impact on Mum is incredible,” she said.

“Mum said she’d like to have a look at Willow Court, but she wasn't going to be pushed into anything.

“She came in for the two taster nights and stayed over the weekend. When I went to collect her on the Monday, she said she didn't want to go back to the bungalow and wanted to stay at Willow Court!

“The impact Willow Court and the people that work there have had on mum is incredible.

“She’s changed so much and I’ve got my old mum back. Now she has a new lease of life, company, friends and comfort knowing someone is there if she needs anybody.”

How well will I be paid working in care?

Average pay in care and support can vary by role. However, there are lots of opportunities for career progression, which brings with it salary progression.

Examples of average salaries for the various jobs available in the sector, including care worker, support worker and mental health support worker, can be found online using websites such as totaljobs.

What other benefits are there to working as a care worker in extra care?

As well as remuneration and the knowledge that the work you do is having a real impact on the lives of not only the people you’re caring for but their families as well, you’ll be part of a team. Everyone will have shared values and a real desire to look after and care for residents.

Sandra noticed this camaraderie at Willow Court. She said: “The colleagues that work there, all of them, from the top to the bottom, everyone speaks to one another, there’s no doom and gloom.

“It’s a pleasure to walk in Willow Court. It’s clean and bright, everything is smart and fresh, but the best thing is I know mum is being looked after and she’s safe.”

Check out our latest care and support vacancies here.

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