Alzheimers Walk by Chaldon Rise

2nd October 2012

Home Manager Elaine Fretwell and Robert Munns led the memory walk day on Sunday 23rd September, raising money for the Alzheimer's Society. Robert Munns, Activity Organiser at Chaldon Rise reports.

"The day started with a warm-up using ZUMBA exercise, not for the feint hearted! We were then lead off on the walk by the local Harley Davisdon Society, which was pretty impressive. We finished the 5 mile walk in about 1.5 hours and then completed a further 1 mile which was funded by BUPA to the sum of £5.

We were met on the day by some residents family members who joined us on the walk. The morning was completed by a Elvis Presley impersonator who performed for everyone. A great time was had by all. Everyone involved with the day works with or had been connected to someone with Dementia. We had people form the age of 5 to 75 walking on the day."

So far an amazing £1500 has been raised by those sponsored on the day. We are very proud of the staff and friends who participated from Chaldon Rise for this very worthy cause.

Care Unlimited Group re-structure completes

1st October 2012

Care Unlimited begins trading today as a new Health Care Group, with continued management and ownership by the existing family owners. This completes a re-structure that began in 2011, with the introduction of Domiciliary Care and Property Landlord businesses.

Residential services transfer today 1st October 2012 to the new entity Care Unlimited Group Ltd, as newly registered with the CQC. All Home Managers and staff have been transferred to the new business.

Reza Shamtally, Commercial Director, explains: "Following the growth over 29 years, the new structure will ensure that the family business can evolve its services going into the future in the most effective and productive way.

Care Unlimited remains committed to delivering the highest quality care and support to its residents and tenants."

For more information, please contact Reza Shamtally on 01737 645171.

New Human Resources Advisor

20th June 2012

Following the departure of Lucy Gauntlett leading the Human Resources function at Care Unlimited for past couple of years, we have the pleasure in welcoming Wendy Watson to the post.

Wendy brings with her excellent experience, much of which has been within the care industry. She started her career within the industry as a carer and eventually came to fulfil a specialism in HR within the Care Industry.

Handing over to Wendy, Lucy has moved on to a different industry to develop her career in Human Resources. We are very grateful for all of her contributions, including the recruitment of a new team for our Dom Care services, and of course the renewal of our Investors in People accreditation. We wish her the best of luck in her new role.

Wendy has been in the post just over a month now and has already made a significant and positive impact on Care Unlimited's human resources.

Care Unlimited, still an Investor in People

29th February 2012

Care Unlimited is very proud to announce that it has retained its full Investors in People accreditation, following its latest review by IIP assessor Sally Szwarc. Sally has conducted our reviews in the past, and has a very good understanding of the company's history.

The report read: 'Having carried out the assessment process in accordance with the guidelines provided for Assessors by Investors in People – United Kingdom Commission for Employment and Skills, the Assessor is totally satisfied that Care Unlimited meets the requirements of the Investors in People National Standard.'

Areas of good practice included Shared Values, Training, People Management, Social Responsibility, Recognition (employee), Feedback (from senior management) and Continuous Improvement.

Reza Shamtally, partner at Care Unlimited explains: 'It was great to have the review carried out by Sally Szwarc again, and she has clearly acknowledged the many changes and initiatives that have been initiated in the past year to further improve investment in the development, recruitment and retention of our valued staff. This is essential in delivering the highest levels of care and support to our clients'.

Staff at all levels of the business including company partners, were selected at random, and interviewed individually for their feedback on Care Unlimited's ability and commitment as an employer. We would like to thank our staff for the very hard work they have demonstrated to maintain our IIP accreditation, with a special thank you to Lucy Gauntlett, HR Manager for coordinating the review and continuously enhancing staff development. The Home Managers have worked despite very challenging times in the workplace, to continuously improve staff development and support. Finally, we would acknowledge Andy Gee for the significant support he has provided to the Home Managers.

This is very reassuring, and Care Unlimited is now committed to further improvements to hopefully attain a Bronze standard IIP accreditation in 3 years time at our next IIP review.

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