A Leeds-based social care company is growing its workforce and has opened new offices in Yeadon as part of its plans for expansion.
Adjuvo Care & Support was established in May 2017. The company, set up by Mark Lovell and George Fielding, works in partnership with specialist social care developer Fairhome Group.
Pudsey, Horsforth and Aireborough MP Stuart Andrew officially opened Adjuvo’s new offices on Henshaw Lane in Yeadon.
Adjuvo Chief Executive Officer Mark Lovell says the move is part of its ambitious plans to develop a new model for the delivery of social care services in the city and beyond.
Carers working for Adjuvo are paid above average hourly rates and enjoy enhanced responsibilities under a new approach designed to benefit workers and those they care for.
Senior support workers are trained to carry out care assessments and develop personalised care plans for a range of clients with varying disabilities of varying ages.
Mark Lovell explains: “In this sector wages can on many occasions be not much more than minimum wage and the role and responsibilities of care workers is quite prescribed and limited to tasks such as helping with personal care or supporting people to live independently. These are of course essential but we have a sense that care workers are eager to do more.
“Our approach is different and we believe it has the potential to make the role of Senior Support worker more enjoyable and rewarding. It could also offer commissioners of services much-needed opportunities to make savings while continuing to provide high quality care for individuals, with complex needs.
“Adjuvo support workers will have enhanced roles and responsibilities. They will be paid more but they will have a more challenging and varied role.
“First and foremost their job is to ensure that people they care for have the right support in place so they can thrive and lead fulfilling, independent lives.
“But they will also be trained in undertaking assessments and regularly reviewing the service we are providing and care planning tasks, which would have previously been the responsibility of more senior managers.
“Our current team tell us they enjoy having these new responsibilities and feel more valued. It also gives them a greater insight into those they care for as they have been more deeply involved in putting their care packages in place.”
Mark adds: “The opening of our new offices in Leeds is a statement of our commitment to social care services in the city. We want to work with customers, Senior Support Workers, their families and other providers to ensure services are the best they can be and we look forward to delivering on that ambition.”
Stuart Andrew MP said: “I am pleased to hear about the success of Adjuvo in its first 12 months and the part it is playing in delivering social care services in my constituency and other parts of Leeds. How we deliver social care services to vulnerable people is one of the most pressing issues facing society at the moment. If we are to ensure people with disabilities get high quality care and support workers get fairly rewarded for their efforts, then innovative new approaches will be required.
“Adjuvo has got off to a great start in its first 12 months and I am sure those who commission care services locally will be watching with interest how this new approach works. It has the potential to be a win-win for all those involved in ensuring social care services are efficient and effective.”
Adjuvo, which is Latin for assist or support, provides residential and supported living services. Clients are supported with all aspects of day to day living including looking after their home, personal care, and physical and leisure activities.
Adjuvo’s philosophy is to support people to live as independently as possible.
Picture caption: (Left to right) Stuart Andrew MP, George Fielding and Mark Lovell