A pharmacist from Hampshire has started a new care service after being inspired by the “incredible care” given to his grandmother in her own home.
When his grandmother became ill with dementia, José Rodriguez travelled from Fareham to Spain every weekend to help his aunt and mother care for her.
But as her condition deteriorated, and providing care 24/7 began to take its toll on Rodriguez’s mother’s health, the family decided to employ two professional carers.
This experience inspired to him open a new franchise with Good Oaks Home Care.
Rodriguez explained: “In Spain, traditionally we aren’t very trusting of people we haven’t known for ages, so strangers coming into the house was a no-no, but we had to bite the bullet. We managed to find two amazing caring ladies, one came in the morning and one came in the evening to help my mum and aunt.
“It was just amazing the impact these two lovely women had – so much so, that it made me want to start my own home care business. They were amazing and such a relief – they gave us peace of mind. I could see my mum and aunt being able to have some breathing space and get a nap, because it was a 24/7 job.
“The carers were amazing, they supported Grandma, but they also supported our whole family, they would ask us about how we were feeling, and they helped get palliative care. They were very experienced, and they prepared us for the future – they helped us discuss the things we didn’t want to.”
Rodriguez continued: “My grandmother passed away and for ages it felt rubbish, but it made me feel like I wanted to help give that care to others. I had seen the difference care could make to everyone’s lives it touched.”
Rodriguez started to look at franchise options and spoke to various companies before joining the Good Oaks Home Care team.
He has recently launched the new Southampton and Winchester office, covering the whole region including Romsey, Eastleigh, Chandlers Ford, out towards Salisbury and bordering Basingstoke.
Rodriguez moved to the UK in 2002 and has worked as a pharmacist ever since. He is currently part of the University of Manchester Centre of Pharmacy Education and is involved in training for pharmacists. He hopes to incorporate his experience into the new business.
He said: “I’m excited to bring this to my community. It really helped my family and now I can’t wait to make a difference in the lives of others. I like the Good Oaks ethos of taking time with clients and providing that level of care.”
Caption: The Southampton and Winchester team: Maria Stickland and José Rodriguez.