Care home residents across Scotland are on the search for caring and skilled individuals to enter the sector, joining managers in their search for new recruits.
Occupants at Renaissance Care’s 16 Scottish care homes are getting involved in the advertising of positions, interviewing of applicants and final selection process to expand their teams.
Judging the applicants on their skills and experience, the residents are also looking for applicants with a good sense of humour, patience and a friendly face, ensuring they would be a good fit for their home.
Renaissance Care is currently recruiting nationally for carers, nurses, admin workers and a number of other roles within the business.
Residents Mary Wilson (86), June Langridge (87) and Rita Bryson (84), who live at Renaissance Care’s Jesmond Care Home in Aberdeen, have teamed up with their home manager in the hope of finding new staff.
Mary said: “Living in the care home, the staff are very important to us. The team at Jesmond help us in any way they can, which is vital when you struggle to fully look after yourself as you get older. Since we’ve experienced the care first-hand, I think we know what to look for in candidates.
“I’m looking for staff who are patient, understanding and good listeners. They also need to be ready for a joke too.”
Dawn Gardiner, Home Manager at Jesmond Care Home, said: “We have staff from all different backgrounds at Jesmond, and we all bring something new to the table. I believe that if you’re kind and hard-working, you’ll fit right in with us.”
Louise Barnett, managing director at Renaissance Care, said: “Following what has been an incredibly difficult time for residents and staff across the country, it’s even more important that residents are part of the recruitment process, finding people that they can build personal relationships with.
“Renaissance Care is an inclusive place of work, and there really is a role for everyone in our homes. We offer extensive opportunities for our staff to develop their skillset, and would urge anyone with a caring heart and strong work ethic to apply.
“Our staff and residents within each of our homes become a tight knit family, and we are looking forward to welcoming more staff members into the mix.”