At Forest Care, we are proud to create positive working environments within each of our care homes by encouraging employee participation and humour in the workplace, this is reflected by our many long-serving employees.
We offer a competitive salary and value the hard work of our employees. As a family-owned and managed company, we believe our employees should be generously rewarded for their dedication to providing quality care. This is why we offer the following benefits and rewards:
We provide comprehensive induction training for all new employees to ensure they feel confident and comfortable in their roles at our care homes.
We seek to employ the very best people to deliver exemplary care to our residents. Therefore we ensure that all of our employees are provided with continuous training and development to build upon their skill-sets, irrespective of previous qualifications and experience. We will pay for, support and encourage employees to complete further NVQ training (if applicable). We will also provide free training in the form of eLFY online courses and virtual dementia tours.
All of our employees receive an annual review, and one of the ways we regularly reward employees is through work-based promotions. All full-time, contractual employees can enjoy paid breaks whilst working at any of our care homes.
As part of our long service award offering, staff receive an extra 2 days of annual leave (on top of their standard 28 days) when they reach the 5-year milestone of employment.
At Forest Care we operate an automatic enrolment facility into a pension scheme. Employees will normally be automatically enrolled after 3 months of continuous service.
The health and wellbeing of our team members is paramount. We are therefore proud to offer you all access to an Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) – a confidential employee benefit designed to help you deal with personal and professional problems that could be affecting your home life or work life, health and general wellbeing.
Our EAP is delivered by Health Assured’s – the UK and Ireland’s leading wellbeing provider. They provide a free 24 hour confidential helpline, call 0800 032 7097.
For help with the following:
Family issues, Financial wellbeing, Legal information, Medical information, Relationship advice, Tenancy & housing concerns, Childcare support, Stress & anxiety, Consumer issues, Counselling, Bereavement, Alcohol & drug issues.
Employees can enjoy modern interiors and surroundings, beautiful woodland views and landscapes and up-to-date professional equipment.
Employees who successfully refer a friend to Forest Care will receive £500 in gift cards!
We demonstrate our appreciation for long-serving employees through our annual Years of Service Awards every October. We reward long-serving employees with gifts and monetary prizes for length of service. This scheme celebrates your 5th year at Forest Care, and then every 5 years thereafter.
Forest Care will provide a free uniform for all new employees, and will replace the uniform (if required from normal wear and tear) free of charge. We will also pay for DBS checks subject to successful applications.
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“Nenita Jopson does a great job at making people feel welcome here…everyone has a smile on their face, Cedar Lodge is a very warm and welcoming place. I celebrated 30 years at Cedar Lodge this year!” (Wendy Watmore, Head of Activities at Cedar Lodge)
“It’s a really pleasant atmosphere and a lovely place to work. They care tremendously about their residents and about their staff. There’s great training too.” (Jan Wilson, Housekeeping at Oak Lodge)
“What is special about Forest Care is the people working within the company. We are like one big family. You can see that everyone who works at Forest Care, really cares.” (Alarico Bustamante, Care Home Manager at Holly Lodge)
“Working for the company is really good, all of the managers are very comfortable with the staff, they’re very nice and polite, and that makes me feel really happy working here. I would really recommend.” (Bhanu Morampudi, Head Chef at Cedar Lodge)
We ensure that all of our employees are provided with continuous training and development to build upon their skill-sets, irrespective of previous qualifications and experience. We will pay for, support and encourage employees to complete further NVQ training (if applicable). We will also provide free training in the form of eLFY online courses and virtual dementia tours.
We value our long-serving employees and celebrate their dedication to our care homes every year.