Connected Health, a private home care company headquartered in Northern Ireland, has opened its first domiciliary service in England, and former Liverpool FC footballer Mark Lawrenson was on hand to help kick-start the celebrations.
The opening of the new Connected Health Plus service, located in Southport, marked the start of major expansion plans for the business, which is set to open 30 additional home care branches in the country over the next five years.
During the grand opening, it was announced that more than 100 new home care, training and support posts will be created in the Sefton area this year.
The event was attended by Mark Lawrenson, who has seen first-hand the difference quality care in the home can have for a loved one, along with former Everton footballer Gareth Farrelly, who suffered a life-threatening aneurysm in 2008.
Farrelly’s recovery took nine months and was supported by daily home visits from local district nurses and community care workers.
Speaking of the opening, Tim Jones, managing director of Connected Health Plus, said: “This business is a dream come true for me. Our approach is unique as we connect the latest leading technology with care and support services that meets our clients’ desired needs and outcomes; whilst concurrently delivering seamless updates and communication with the people important to the client so they are given the peace of mind.”
Operations manager Amy McEvoy, who joins the company from Home Instead West Lancashire and Chorley, added: “I am passionate about ensuring any client of mine would receive the highest levels of care; and their families would be communicated with effectively. This belief was heightened further when I felt the impact that poor care had on my Dad and my family.
“My vision is to help transform how home care is delivered through effective technology and partnerships.”
Damien Moore, MP for Southport, who sits on the government’s Science and Technology Committee, also attended the opening ceremony.
He said: “Organisations such as Connected Health Plus are enabling vulnerable people to live better in the place they are most happy – at home and within the community. What is so impressive, and intriguing, is their ability to connect innovation and care. They operate a digital platform that links the client with those most important to them, so that they receive transparent and real-time reassurance that their loved ones are safe.”
Pictured top: Amy McEvoy, operations manager, Connected Health Plus; Douglas Adams, CEO, Connected Health Group; former footballer Mark Lawrenson; Tim Jones, managing director, Connected Health Plus; and Gareth Farrelly, former Everton FC footballer.