A humanitarian leader and medical doctor has become the latest franchise partner in Caremark’s growing network of offices.
Dr Mahesh Gunasekara, director general of Sri Lanka Red Cross Society and former head of the health unit for Europe at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, has opened a new branch in Peterborough.
Over his long career, Dr Gunasekara has been heavily involved in setting up standards for the provision of home care and has put this desire for the highest standards of professional care and support, backed by Caremark’s systems and processes, at the heart of his new business.
Speaking to Home Care Insight, he said: “I have been heavily involved in the development of standards and training programmes and the designing of programmes for volunteers working with older people. With all this experience I always wanted to run my own programme to serve older people and I always believed we should provide care at home as much as we can if our clients wanted to remain in their homes.”
Dr Gunasekara is supported in his new role by experienced registered care manager, Maxine Appleyard, who has been working in the adult social care sector for 12 years.
Commenting on her appointment, the managing director said: “It’s great to have Maxine on board, she is extremely professional yet empathetic in her approach. She has a vast experience in training and provision of care, we are very lucky to have her in the team. This experience means she has invaluable in-depth and practical knowledge in every aspect of the domiciliary care industry to make a positive difference.”
Asked how he planned to juggle his humanitarian work with the new business, Dr Gunasekara said: “With my experience of managing distant teams, I am good at remote management with modern technology. I am very lucky to have very committed care manager, and my wife – a nurse and a director of the company – will chip in during my absence to be part of the team.
“That will give me room to contribute to Red Cross work during difficult times with my expertise as a public health professional. I am confident I will be able to manage it.”
Caremark Peterborough is registered with the CQC and has created new jobs to provide care at home across the area.