Seven out of 10 people in West Sussex think men make just as good carers as women, a new survey reveals.
The survey, commissioned by award winning care company ECL and carried out by Censuswide, also reveals that nearly six out of 10 men in the county (56%) would consider a career in the care sector. One in five of the men who took part in the survey (20%) say there aren’t currently enough male carers.
The same survey was conducted in Essex, revealing that more than half of men in the county (54%) would consider a career in the care sector. More than one in five of the men who took part in the survey (23%) say there aren’t currently enough male carers.
Earlier this month the Chief Executive of Care England said the shortage of men in the care industry was causing problems.
Care and wellbeing company ECL, which offers short term support in West Sussex to help people regain their independence after an illness or spell in hospital, is currently recruiting for additional care workers and is encouraged by the survey results.
ECL’s Regional Manager in West Sussex, Bente Wilson, said: “An ageing population is fuelling an increased demand for our services and ECL would like to recruit and train as many male as female carers onto our team. Some customers like to have a choice of whether they are cared for by a male or female carer, which is why it’s so important we can recruit sufficient numbers of both sexes.”
Bente added: “People who responded to the survey said they would consider a career in care because they liked helping people and making a difference to their lives and because they recognised it as a fulfilling job. With the variety of different roles available today as carers, there is also the opportunity to develop a rewarding career.”
One of the male carers already employed by ECL is Brian Ramsay, who’s worked in the care industry for 18 years. He said: “I’m a people person and I like to help people achieve their potential, that’s why I’m a carer. You get such great job satisfaction from doing this type of work and there’s no better feeling than leaving a customer comfortable, happy and with a smile on their face.
“I would definitely recommend a career in care to everyone – both men and women. I used to be a truck driver but I wish this is something I’d done earlier on in life. There are so many opportunities to progress and earn qualifications in the care industry nowadays, it’s a recognised career, respected profession and male carers are much more accepted.”
ECL carer Brian Ramsay would recommend a career in car
ECL relaunched its services earlier this year in response to the Government’s Care Act, which gives people greater choice and control over the care they receive.
It has appointed Bente Wilson as Regional Manager to head its services in West Sussex and has a range of new career opportunities available. See http://www.ecljobs.com/westsussex or call 0844 801 3693.