Mears, the UK’s leading provider of home care and support services, has appointed a new service manager in Moray and is creating more jobs in the area as a result of rapidly growing demand in the region for care at home services. Following two previous recruitment drives over the last year alone, the company has another 20 support worker positions available in Elgin, Forres and Lossiemouth.Niki McBean, from Dufftown, will lead the Mears care at home team in Moray. She has 26 years of experience in the care sector and brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her new role. This will be key to growing the business while maintaining high quality of delivery across the services delivered to local residents.Recent figures show that more than four million people over the age of 65 in the UK – around one in two - have some sort of care need. And around two million have difficulty with one or more daily tasks, such as washing, dressing, cooking or eating*. As most older people want to live independently in their own homes for as long as possible, there is growing demand for home care services which offer a viable and affordable alternative to residential care or nursing homes.This is exactly where Mears fits in. The company provides services for people who require support to help them continue living in familiar surroundings and in comfort at home. It supports people of all ages, including those with conditions such as dementia or a learning disability, or those just needing a little bit of extra help.As most of the company’s new positions in Moray will be supporting people who live outside the main town areas, the company is looking for people who have a driver’s licence and a car. And although previous experience in the care sector experience is welcomed, it’s not a necessity as Mears provides a full programme of staff training as well as ongoing support and opportunities for career progression.Niki McBean, service manager, says: “Our employees in Moray come from all backgrounds and previous careers and many have found a huge change in their own quality of life when they’ve come to work in this sector from elsewhere. There is enormous job satisfaction from working so closely with people and knowing that your own personal input makes a real difference to the quality of their lives by enabling them to live in their own homes as independently as possible.“We offer very flexible working pattern so there are opportunities for part-time and shift work as well as full-time positions.”Services are provided on contract to Moray Council and also on a private basis to those who want to augment the care they receive through the council, or have other requirements for support.Mears’ care teams provide support to around 20,000 people a year and it is continually expanding to meet the increasing needs of the elderly population and other people. Its services are designed to meet changing needs and promote independence for those who may require extra support.Anyone interested in working for Mears in Moray can get in touch by calling 01343 544920.