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At Sova we are immensely proud of our staff. A service is only as a good as the people who carry it out, and that’s why we pride ourselves on offering our service users the very best care professionals. In this new series we’re exploring some of the personal stories behind our care service, and finding out what drives our staff to do such a fantastic job.


What is your full name and job title?
Vicki Skerritt, Child and Adult Care Worker

What attracted you to this line of work? 
Early in my working life, I witnessed first-hand the professionalism, commitment and skills required to be a carer, which inspired me to pursue my career in care services. It is also a flexible job that fits in around your family life, which I really value.

What do you love most about being a carer?
Being a carer is very rewarding and gives great job satisfaction. Everyday you face new challenges, and no two days are ever the same, as you are always learning new things - it's a lifelong learning curve!

How many years have you been working in this field, and what is the most important thing that you've learned?
I have worked for the NHS and as a carer for over 10 years. The most important thing I’ve learned is the value of being a really good listener. I've also discovered that even the smallest help can mean so much to someone, and also that, to truly care for someone, you must treat them as an individual and adapt to their needs

What is your most treasured memory or experience from your career? 
My most treasured memory is from an elderly lady I looked after, she always made me laugh as she had a wonderful sense of humour, and I really enjoyed listening to all of her life stories. One of her quotes still stays with me: "kindness can transform someone's dark moments with a blaze of light, you'll never know how much your caring matters".

What would your advice be for someone considering using a care service, either for themselves or for a loved one?
If you are considering using a care service, be sure to do plenty of research first. When you speak to a care provider, clearly explain what your needs are, and make sure that they can offer the full scale of care that you require. Take your time to review your options and ensure that you make the best decisions for your needs. Choosing a carer is a very personal process, so don’t be afraid to say if something isn’t right for you. If you know a carer, or someone that has been cared for, have a chat with them to find out more about their experience, and ask as many questions as you can.

What advice would you give to someone considering a career as a carer? 
If you want a career where you can make a real difference, then care is for you. For those just starting out my advice is to give the job time - it can feel very overwhelming to begin with, but don’t forget just how important your work is. Helping someone is such a rewarding and fulfilling experience. 

If you’d like to find out more about what a care service can offer for you, please get in touch with Sova Healthcare today.
old age care

At Sova Healthcare, we understand that relying on healthcare can be a stressful experience, so we want to make the process as easy as possible for you or your loved one. Financial care isn't always something that's immediately considered when someone uses care services for the first time, but we have seen hot it can make a huge difference to the well-being of our customers and their families - quite simply, we worry about the money so you don't have to.

We are one of only a handful of providers in the UK to offer an appointeeship service, which gives financial support to those with physical or mental disabilities, as well as to vulnerable adults and older people. The guidance and help that we offer allows our customers to live with more freedom, helping them to really get the best out of life.

Sova Healthcare is fully accredited by the government's Department of Work and Pensions to act as a corporate appointee and offer accountability for customers' finances. This means that we are authorised to liaise with multiple organisations, such as local authorities, on your behalf, so we can handle all financial dealings, including receipt of benefits. We are also happy to help on a personal level by agreeing a budget for bills and living expenses, and we can offer advice and assistance on saving money, as well as repaying debts.

We pride ourselves on providing unique care, tailored to our customers, through all services that we offer, and our appointeeship assistance is no exception. We understand how important independence is, so our customers can retain as much or as little control over their money as they are comfortable with. We liaise regularly with family members to ensure that we are helping our customers to achieve both their financial and their personal goals.

If you're considering monetary assistance for yourself or a loved one, please get in touch with us today, or see our list of Frequently Asked Questions to find out more about the programme. Our appointeeship staff are all highly trained in financial care, so you can be sure that you are in safe hands.
On Thursday 2nd October, Sova Healthcare teamed up with Rix House Care Home in Keighley, West Yorkshire (part of the Turning Point group), to host a Macmillan Coffee Morning.

Macmillan first started these events in 1990, and since then their annual coffee morning has raised over £113 million to become the world’s biggest such event. This year, Sova Healthcare and Rix House Care Home were happy to contribute to this great occasion. Both residents and staff thoroughly enjoyed the coffee morning and we raised a total of £121.21, which will be donated directly to Macmillan Cancer Support.

Sova Healthcare's Macmillan Coffee Morning
From left to right: Alastair Lodge, Paula Lodge (Project Worker), Jane Risdale (Project Worker), Rachael Shackleton (Project Worker) and Mark Downey enjoying Sova Healthcare's Macmillan Coffee Morning.

Macmillan Cancer Support is a fantastic charity, and one very close to those of us in the healthcare industry, as it provides an invaluable source of knowledge, practical and financial support to those affected by cancer. This support isn’t just limited to the cancer victims themselves, but is also available to their families and carers.

At Sova Healthcare we understand just how important care services are, and in the case of our clients at Rix House, we provide a unique daily money management programme with Sova’s Appointeeship Service. We also provide Personal Care assistance, tailored to individuals’ needs, to help you, or your family member, get the most out of life.

If you’d like to find out more about the wide variety of care services we offer, please get in touch with us today.
It was all go for the Sova Healthcare team this August Bank Holiday. We were battling the elements and making the good people of Leicester aware of the many services available to them through Sova.

Leicester Mela

The Leicester Mela (which began life as the Belgrave Carnival) has now been running for over 30 years, and it brings together different cultures from a city packed with diversity, showcasing them throughout this annual event. Among all the live shows, music and events, it was a perfect opportunity for the Sova Healthcare team to speak with the members of the public and answer their questions about care services. During the day, we spoke with hundreds of people who were interested in care, and we were able to give advice, offer guidance, and provide helpful literature.

Sova at Leicester Mela

The event was a great success for Sova Healthcare, and it created more confidence among the public, who now know that a healthcare provider such as Sova is so well-equipped to meet their needs.

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We have already arranged to sponsor the event on a larger scale next year and build on this year's success.

Sova Healthcare – now operating in both Yorkshire and Leicestershire – is far more than just a healthcare provider. We offer holistic healthcare solutions, and we aim to ensure that each client is put at the centre of their own support plan.

We know that every situation is different, and so we tailor our services specifically to suit you. Moreover, your plan will evolve as your circumstances change – we want to provide the perfect support service along every step of the way!

Sova supports a huge array of clients, from individuals living in their own homes to healthcare institutions such as clinical commissioning groups, care homes and hospitals (both NHS and private). We also strive to go above and beyond the services available from other UK care providers; for example, our Appointeeship Programme can help vulnerable people to achieve entitled financial support.

For these reasons and dozens of others, we believe that Sova Healthcare is the best choice for individuals in Yorkshire and Leicestershire. Contact us today for sensitive, compassionate health and care that takes all of your needs into account.