Higham Ferrers firm helps create 100 jobs

Mark Darnell with Peter Bone MP
Mark Darnell with Peter Bone MP

An MP has met with a local businessman to hear about how his firm has helped create 100 jobs.

Mark Darnell runs the Higham Ferrers-based office of national care company, Home Instead Senior Care.

The company, which has been up and running for two-and-a-half years, provides non-medical care for older people as well as support for people living with a disability.

MP for Wellingborough and Rushden Peter Bone has taken an interest in the business, which Mark co-owns with Elaine Lomax, since its launch in 2010 when the MP was on hand to officially open the company’s new offices.

Mr Bone also visited Mark and Elaine in 2011 to help them celebrate their first year in business.

Mark said: “Peter was, as ever, really interested to hear how our business has created so many jobs in such a short space of time.

“Demand for our services, which are provided in the elderly or disabled person’s home are on the increase.

“With a rapidly ageing population and social care funding squeezed, care at-home, which allows people to remain in their own familiar surroundings leading a relatively independent life, is going to become more common.

“It’s what the majority of people and their families want and with services such as ours, they can now have it.”

Mark and Elaine are very proud of their dedicated and hardworking team of care-givers who provide a range of services which can include helping around the home, meal preparation, personal care, respite provision as well as specialist assistance with dementia and Alzheimer’s care.

They also accompany clients to medical appointments, shopping trips, errands and even social visits to family and friends or days out to places of interest.

Mark added: “All too often we read about rushed visits but our service is very different.

“Our minimum call duration is one hour and we match care-givers and clients so that they share interests.

“This is hugely beneficial for our clients but means the care work is far more interesting for our care staff and we attract excellent quality caregivers.”

For more information on Home Instead Senior Care, call the team on 01933 358708 or visit www.homeinstead.co.uk/eastnorthants.