Home Instead UK has opened a new office in Belfast, creating 50 new jobs in the area.

Roger and Louise McLaughlin (pictured) have set up the franchise on Lisburn Road and want to use their own experiences of caring for older relatives as an inspiration to help other families in the city.

Roger said: “My gran lived with my family when I was a child. We only wanted the very best for her and my mum cared for her every day. It can be tough giving a loved one support 24 hours a day; getting professional care can ensure that the time you spend together is quality time.”

A qualified radiographer, Louise brings to the business her clinical experience and knowledge of common physical pain-points faced by the elderly, while Roger will use his experience in finance and operations in the care sector to run the business.

Louise said: “Roger and I are determined to make the process simple by working closely with clients and their families to get an understanding of their care needs and how we can make a difference. In my current role as a healthcare professional, I see the challenges that some older adults face every day. Some older patients don’t have someone to take them to an appointment or pick them up, waiting hours for ambulance transport or having to struggle taking public transport alone. For many, care is the salvation for living a healthy, happy and safe life at home.”

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Home Instead Belfast is currently looking for 50 caregivers to meet the demand for care in the area.

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