Monday, 05 January 2015

A joint commercial homecare service between three neighbouring hospices is set to close shortly following disappointing business growth and a difficulty in recruiting and retaining high quality carers.

Shine Homecare was set up as a business venture between Peace Hospice Care, the Hospice of St Francis and Rennie Grove Hospice Care offering domiciliary care.  Shine Homecare offered a wide range of support at home which people could pay for including personal care, shopping, domestic care and companionship.  Profits made from the scheme were to be generated back into each of the partnering hospices.  However it has become clear to the three hospices that it would take much longer for Shine to come into profit than was originally forecast and that this would require further investment from them. They felt that this would not be a justifiable use of their charitable funds.

Chairman of Shine Homecare, Janice Campbell said "We are disappointed that Shine Homecare is closing but it is a decision we have needed to take as we have not met our financial targets and we have struggled with recruitment and retention of high quality carers. We invested in Shine Homecare primarily to generate income for our partnering charities but we were also motivated by the short supply of much needed high quality personal care in the home”.

"Although we are saddened to be closing Shine Homecare, we are however pleased that we have been able to provide a quality care service to many families over the last few years.”

She added 'Although this venture is coming to a close, all three hospices will continue in their regular work of supporting patients and their families facing a life limiting illness'.

The three hospices are working with current clients to ensure that their care arrangements are continued safely and professionally and are actively supporting staff in seeking alternative employment opportunities.

The three hospices recognize that there is a shortage of high quality domiciliary personal care in the region and it is hoped in the future will be able to deliver more of this type of care through their charitable services.