– training is officially approved by the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM) .
Caremark (Malta) has presented certificates to 42 new Care & Support workers who, after an intensive training programme have become the first local group of Caremark service providers. This also means that they can now work within any Caremark branch in Malta, the UK and Ireland.
During the ceremony, Parliamentary Secretary for Rights of Persons with Disabilities and Active Ageing, Hon Franco Mercieca congratulated the new Care & Support workers and Caremark. He said that the Government is doing its best to strengthen the system which provides help within the community since people preferred living within their community rather than in a home. Dr Mercieca said that this can be achieved through basic, but well informed, help, delivered by trained personnel. This can indeed change the life of not only the person concerned but also of his or her family.
Hon Mercieca praised Caremark’s reputation and the fact that the services it offers are available to all, irrelevant of age or gender, which is important not only for the person concerned but also for the ones taking care of this person. In our society this mostly involves grandparents who take care of children while parents are at work.
“I thank all Care & Support workers, who while meeting their clients, and while delivering a service, they are actually contributing significantly to create a better life for their clients. This is not just a job. I understand that this requires a professional approach coupled with a good dose of patience and dedication. However, there is no greater satisfaction than knowing that you are literally improving a persons’ life” said Hon Mercieca.
He also referred to the Expression of Interest for the provision of optimal levels of long-term care for present and upcoming older persons, and emphasized that the private sector has a key role to play in the Government’s future vision of long-term care.
Hon Mercieca also said that in the coming weeks the government will issue a tender to increase the number of hours of home help and community carers and encouraged different companies to part-take into this service.
While referring to the National Strategy for Active Ageing which will be launched on 1st October, Dr Mercieca said that these are all initiatives which will help the elderly people and persons with disability to stay active as much as possible and living in their own community.
Mr. Kevin Lewis, founder and CEO of Caremark, who came to Malta purposely for the ceremony said that through his 26 years of experience in Social Care he was always committed to deliver the highest standards of care to people that choose to remain living in their own home. This is portrayed in Caremark’s intentions to provide the best service to clients delivered by the best Care & Support Workers, which is why Caremark strives to provide the highest quality training to every member of staff.
Mr Lewis also announced that Caremark have achieved international accreditation for their training. This means that the training in Malta now has Approval Status with an internationally recognised Health & Safety body – International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM) . The CEO said that Health, Safety and risk management is an important part of this work and Caremark ensures that the service is fully compliant with legislation and regulations in Malta and other countries.