WORCESTERSHIRE County Council is recruiting staff from Tenbury and the Teme Valley to help support people who are being discharged from an acute hospital but need a period of assessment to understand what their future care and support requirements are, with aim of helping people maintain their independence for as long as possible.

The Council has been holding a series of open days to meet people and explain what we are looking for.

Behind it is the idea that with proper support in the home people will often be able to stay in their own homes rather than having to go into residential care which is generally better for the person concerned and also less costly.

It is an issue that is getting more pertinent because of the ageing population that is a particular issues in some areas where there is a higher than average proportion of older people.

Previously, after a stay in hospital, individuals would be accommodated in different locations, such as care homes, where they would receive care and support but often became more dependent.

It is hoped that this will help ensure people live independently for as long as possible.

“The County Council offers competitive rates, plus a range of staff benefits,” said Sander Krisel, Director of Adult Services.

“As well as initial training, there is a career path that could lead to more senior roles for those who choose it. We are very happy with the package we are offering and currently have great staff. We now just need more, with over 20 social care posts available across the county and you don’t need previous experience.”

Councillor Adrian Hardman, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Adult Social Care, said that Social Care can be very rewarding.

“We also want families know that their loved ones are receiving the best possible care that is solely focussed on their immediate needs and long term independence,” he said.

“Flexible working hours are also available, to make finding the right balance between working and home life easier, and full training will be provided.”