A NEW home care company in the Tyne Valley will bring with it 50 new jobs.

Home Instead Senior Care Tyne Valley, which specialises in providing person centred care for older people in their own homes, will care for clients across the district, including Acomb, Corbridge and Riding Mill by opening a new base in Hexham's Bridge End industrial estate.

Proprietor Heather Hughes (57) is looking to draw upon her experience of working at neighbouring Home Instead, in Newcastle, for 18 months.

She loved the company so much that she decided to open her own branch.

“I am passionate about providing a service that could really help to make a difference, not only for those being cared for, but also for their families”, she said.

“When my mum was ill, I became acutely aware of the lack of good care for older people in the area. Thinking back, it would have been so nice for mum to have regular caregivers, who she knew and were familiar to her.”

Heather continued: “Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we have had a delay in opening our office and providing care, but we feel that now is the right time to officially open our doors.

“Our team is passionate about providing a service that could really help to make a difference and our pledge is that the care we provide is the care we would want for our own mum or dad.”

Joining Heather is care manager Gill Wright, who has worked in the sector since 1984, providing care to older people, those with dementia and adults with physical disabilities and terminal illnesses.

She said: “I am really looking forward to supporting the people in the villages in the Tyne Valley and building relationships with clients, their families and the community.”

Also joining the team as a recruiter and social media marketer is Heather’s daughter, Emily (21).

The company is currently recruiting people to work in the care sector and predicted that 50 jobs would be created.