Maria’s returned home to give care

A former director of Great Ormond Street Hospital and deputy director of public health has returned to her Luton roots to set up a service specialising in caring for older people in their own homes.

Maria Collins has set up the latest office of Home Instead Senior Care at Basepoint Innovation and Business Centre, Great Marlings in Luton.

Currently a trustee of Keech Hospice Care, Maria has an exceptional record of achievement and a wealth of experience in the health sector which spans over 35 years

Raised and educated in Luton, she trained as a nurse at the Luton & Dunstable Hospital before moving to London as a specialist nurse working at five different teaching hospitals.

She returned to Luton to set up a district–wide infection control service at the time that HIV first emerged in the UK. Having been sent to the USA on a study tour Maria set up the first community HIV support service outside London.

While working as an independent health consultant, Maria has also used her nursing skills to care for the needs of both of her parents and supported a friend with motor neurone disease.

Through this hands-on experience she believes, there are opportunities to continually improve and develop social care to meet the changing needs of our ageing population and those that have care needs arising from long term conditions.

She said: “I have returned to my nursing roots and developed a very strong vision of the way people should be cared for. I have seen for myself that with good quality care people can remain in their own homes for longer which is what so many people really want.”

Home Instead Senior Care is a business franchise that started in Warrington and is growing across the country.

Maria is now looking to recruit people who would like to become a Caregiver. She added: “We need people with caring and compassionate natures who want a rewarding and flexible career delivering care to people in their own homes.

“We offer full training so experience is not necessary but candidates may have had personal experience such as looking after a loved one which they have enjoyed.”

Maria is also preparing to do the Keech Midnight Walk.

l For details phone 01582 433749 or visit www.homeinstead.co.uk