Ex-Leeds United player sets up Happy Homecare Services and aims to provide the best care for the elderly in South Leeds
Peter Swan had a 20 year career as a professional footballer scoring 62 goals in 445 games but his goal these days is very different.
Peter is Hunslet born, his parents owned the newsagents on the Parnabys for 50 years. When his football career was winding down, Peter’s parents became ill. His Dad died 4 years ago and his mother had been hospitalised after a fall. Looking for a private care company that could look after his mother in the way he wished proved very difficult for Peter. He wanted somewhere that would put the care and attention into looking after his mother that he would provide himself.
Sixteen months later and Peter has set up Happy Homecare Services to fill the gap he found for a friendly, family run service that puts as much care into looking after the elderly as they would for their own relatives.
It has all come full circle for Peter as his office looks out onto Pepper Road and the football field where his sporting career began.
Happy Home Care Services is a completely family affair. Peter’s sister Janice Colbeck was a matron at the LGI for many years before she joined with her brother to become HHCS’s senior nurse. Peter’s son George helps out his Dad and he also volunteers for the Ciaran Bingham Foundation Trust whose objectives are:
- To foster community spirit and enhance relationships between the elderly and young in South Leeds
- To provide support to the elderly and vulnerable people in South Leeds by forging relationships with local residential homes and support groups. Identify projects where the trust can work with partners to support their aims and objectives and provide services that value to the local community
So very much in-keeping with the ethos of Happy Homecare Services.
Peter admits it has been difficult setting up the business and there has been heartache, pain and a lot of paperwork and policies to arrange but his huge drive and enthusiasm for the project has got him where he is today – up and running and Care Quality Commission (CQC) approved!
If you are looking to place a loved one and need a personally tailored home care plan, Peter and his team will work with you to achieve that. His vision is to offer care of the highest standard and to look after your relative in the way he would look after his own Mum. If you have been seeking a personalised service with a family atmosphere and a lot of love for your relative, do get in touch.
This post was written by Hazel Millichamp
Photo: Jeremy Morton