Around 50 jobs are to be created after a new company that specialises in caring for older people opened in Saintfield.
The company, Home Instead Senior Care, will allow older people to remain living in their own homes. It will provide home care services for clients in Down and Lisburn, as well as Hillsborough, Saintfield, Ballynahinch and surrounding areas.
Lynn Elliott (40), general manager at Home Instead, says the new venture is a dream come true and was inspired by her grandmother, who lived with the family for 20 years until she reached the grand old age of 103.
Lynn, who worked for IBM explained: “My grandmother was an inspiration, keeping an interest in life even in her later years; she went gracefully into old age.
“She always valued family and friends and realised how important it is to embrace different generations, to learn and teach each other and importantly keep young.
“This was something she passed onto me; you can have great friendships across the generations giving a really positive experience for everyone, something we are bringing to our clients and their caregivers here at Home Instead.
She continued, “I knew I wanted to work with older people, doing something where I could make a real difference in my own community.
“I am focused on providing the sort of care I would want from my own mum or dad.
“Families do their very best to support their older ones, but sometimes with various commitments it can be difficult to be there all the time. This is where support is needed and it is always nice to see how our caregivers are able to provide those extra hours of care and companionship giving families and their loved one peace of mind.
“At Home Instead, we don’t rush our caregivers as our calls are a minimum of one hour which enables us to spend time with our clients.”
Home Instead in Saintfield is the first office in Northern Ireland.
She added: “As well as personal care we also provide companionship which is really important for the well-being of older people, spending time having a chat and a cup of tea, going for a walk or to the shops.
“This is why I am excited about providing home care that can help to maintain our clients independence for as long as possible and why we take time to carefully match our caregivers to our clients to ensure that they build long lasting relationships.”
For more information call the Down & Lisburn office on (028) 9560 9910 or visit