Home Instead, home care providers in York and surrounding communities, has been among the first organisations to take up a new Wilberforce half-day training course on supporting people who are blind or partially sighted, ie, with varying degrees of sight loss – Visual Awareness Training (VAT). Wilberforce has offered a full day VAT training for many years and all the organisation’s staff have followed this course as a mandatory requirement of their employment. From this Wilberforce has highly skilled and experienced staff who now deliver the new course.
The half-day course is specifically for organisations whose staff may have to support, help, work with or advise people with some degree of visual impairment and is tailored to the individual organisation; eg, Home Instead has a high proportion of elderly people among its clients and so some degree of visual impairment is usual. Other organisations, for example shops, information points, exhibition venues, educational establishments, libraries, transport organisations or tourist attractions, may have slightly different requirements and the new course can be tailored to meet these. Another situation is employers who may employ, or wish to employ, people with a visual impairment. The course is also available on an individual basis to people, eg friends, family and carers, who may have to support those with a visual impairment.
Home carer’s staff enthusiastic about the course
Home Instead began by sending one of its staff, Ingrid, who worked with a client who had completely lost her sight, to a Wilberforce course. As a result of Ingrid’s enthusiasm for the course, Luke Norbury, who runs Home Instead York with his wife Anne-Marie Roche, decided that all their care staff should do the course.
“Ingrid had found the course really useful and highly recommended it so we decided that all our staff should do it”, says Luke. “We then sent a team of eight and all of them returned very enthusiastic about the course and recommended it to their colleagues. We have now arranged for more of our carers to attend the course in July with the aim that eventually all our care staff will have done it”, Luke added.
Find out more about Wilberforce Visual Awareness Training.
Home Instead Senior Care York, to give the organisation its full name, was set up in early 2009 by Luke, together with his wife, after returning to his native county from London. It now offers home care in York city centre, all areas within the outer ring road, Haxby and Wigginton, Copmanthorpe, Bishopthorpe, Dunnington and Easingwold.
For more information about Home Instead York go to http://www.homeinstead.co.uk/york.