2nd February 2017
Caremark (Worcester & Malvern Hills)’s Managing Director, Caroline Balmer had reason to celebrate at the beginning of December with her achievement of a degree in Dementia Studies.
Caroline explains why she was moved to undertake a degree course in Dementia:
"I have always had a keen interest in Dementia. I have worked in the care sector for over 15 years and during that time I have seen how dementia can affect a person and also their family members.
On a personal note I have also witnessed the devastating effect it had on my own Nan, who sadly passed away from Alzheimer’s Disease."
Caroline’s achievement is no mean feat given that she embarked on the two year distance learning degree course when she was still employed. One year in, she decided she wanted her own home care enterprise and went on to buy a Caremark franchise, launching the new business alongside continuing her studies.
"I decided to embark on my Dementia degree whilst I was the Registered Manager at a domiciliary care company. I had a good look at all of the options and decided on a distance learning course with Bradford University. This was a two year course and it took into account my previous level 5 qualifications. The mode of study worked well with commitments and the first year was extremely enjoyable.
Just after I had completed my first year I started my Caremark franchise. This certainly kept me very busy and it was difficult juggling starting a new business with completing the last year of a degree. However I persevered and completed the course and came away with a good 2:1, narrowly missing a first!"
Caroline bought her Caremark home care business at the end of 2015 and never one to dawdle, by February 2016 was registered with the CQC and soon after her team were delivering personalised care and support to people in her local community.
Her newly acquired knowledge will serve her well, supporting increasing numbers of people with varying types of dementia.
"I now intend to pass on my knowledge and ensure we can deliver a great quality service that specialises in the complex needs of people with dementia."
12th March 2018
Caring Maria Moldovanu won Caremark’s top care worker accolade - National Care Worker of the Year award for 2017.
19th February 2018
Many more young professionals now dream of becoming their own boss and having the chance to launch their own successful business.
16th January 2018
Caremark’s Franchise Director, David Glover, has been appointed as the bfa Forum Chair for London & South East Region.
9th January 2018
Caremark finished 2017 on a high with the appointment of three top professionals to further strengthen its support team.
15th December 2017
The Caremark network continues to expand with three new offices opening across south central England.
6th November 2017
Caremark’s franchisee in the North East has received a letter of thanks from the Rt. Hon. Jeremy Hunt MP, Secretary of State for Health, offering thanks and congratulations for a good job done.
19th October 2017
Hannah Drury is the Operations Director of Caremark (Sutton) and has been shortlisted for further business awards with Startups.co.uk.
13th October 2017
Caremark Plymouth received a hat trick of awards at the recent Plymouth City Council 'Celebrating Excellence in Care' event.
6th October 2017
Management, staff and care workers at Caremark in Guisborough celebrate their outstanding CQC rating.
3rd August 2017
Caremark have cause for celebration as five new business owners join the franchise family!
25th May 2017
For the second year running Caremark was proud to sponsor an award in the NatWest EWIF awards event.
Since I joined, Caremark has done everything they promised they would do. The support has always been there and Kevin Lewis has even come out and given me a morale boost when I've needed it.Amarjit Gill, Caremark Redditch & Bromsgrove
I researched various sectors before reaching the decision that domiciliary care offered the sustainability and a straightforward business model which allowed for positive cashflow and personal reward.– Charles Folkes, Caremark Redcar & Cleveland
After doing some research, there was really no doubt in our minds, that the only choice we would be happy with would be Caremark, given the emphasis on care and not profit.– Richard Magrath, Caremark North Down, Ards & Belfast
A strong ratio of 15:1 between franchisees and Regional Support Managers
CEO and founder of Caremark Kevin Lewis has over 25 years of experience in the UK home care sector