Mark Booker (Owner)
CARE CALLS FROM 15 MINUTES. NO MINIMUM CARE CALL OF 1 HOUR AT INDEPENDENT LIVING!
Care in your own home is very much a personal service, its about helping vulnerable people. Not all, but most of the people requiring our help are over 70 years of age. Given this, as the owner of the business I think it is important to tell you a little bit about myself and how I came to be involved in the home care. I know that this is important to some of our customers, and their families.
Independent Living was set up by myself (Mark Booker) in December 2011. Prior to this I worked in the public sector in the North West of England.
My main role was to distribute public grants and then monitor that the money was spent properly by those receiving them. The grants were used for young people’s projects, helping unemployed people return to work, training programmes to help people start their own business and giving money towards building community centres.
In 2011 with government cutbacks I was made redundant on my 40th birthday.
With two children to support (Thomas and Charlotte) redundancy was an unsettling time but it did make me think about what I wanted to do with the second half of my working life. I decided I wanted a job where I was in control, I could make the decisions and could plan the work.
The obvious answer was to start a small business. It was pointed out to me that “home care” was a growing sector of the economy. We have an ageing population and over the next 20-30 years it is projected to rapidly increase. Generally most of us want to stay in our own home for as long as we can, a care home is usually seen as a last resort.
I investigated the home care sector and felt it was something that suited my personality and would also provide an income for my family. As my mum was a single parent and worked full time I was partly brought up by my grandma and spent a lot of time with my Uncle Mick (my grandmas brother) and as a result feel that I have a particular skill in understanding and relating to older people – I know their values and standards, what they expect, the words they use, what concerns them. Whereas some people are naturals at communicating with children I just seemed to be able get along well with older people!