A council in Wales is looking to boost the number of male home care professionals working in the sector.
Home care is rarely considered as a career by men looking for work. Throughout the UK, women make up 84% of the domiciliary care workforce.
This statistic – and the increasing demand on services generated by an ageing population – has prompted Powys County Council to recruit more male home care workers in the area.
The Department of Health and Social Care has also warned that women could be forced to quit their jobs to look after ill or ageing relatives if the supply of EU care workers decreases dramatically after Brexit.
Cllr. Stephen Hayes, council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for Adult Social Care said: “I have seen time and time again the difference that homecare workers make to people’s lives, enabling them to carry on life in their own homes, in their own communities.
“However, the sector needs more care workers – not just working for us but for external agencies, too so that we can continue to meet the increasing demand for home care. I should add, though, that while we are particularly looking to boost the male workforce, we are also looking for more female care workers within Powys.”
Robert Morgan, is a team leader with Spectrum, a care agency working in the south of Powys. He had worked as an unpaid carer for his daughter and son and, latterly, for his wife before joining the sector and becoming a professional home care worker.
He explained: “From the birth of one of my daughters who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy my life began caring for my family; my son has Multiple Sclerosis so I also care for him. I also cared for my wife who passed away in 2015.
“I came to Spectrum for an interview in 2016 after losing my wife and thought that I had room to care for others as a formal carer. I secured a position as a homecare worker and through training and support my skills developed and I was promoted to Team Leader. I love working in care and knowing that I make a difference to people’s lives.”
Caption: This picture was displayed at the care workers exhibition at the House of Commons in April.