Owner and Managing Director
Alastair Shanks opened Right at Home GF in 2012, having decided that home care was a great way to make a difference within Farnham, Guildford and surrounding towns.
Alastair started his career with Unilever, where he spent some time working in Italy, after which he returned to the UK to run a family business. After selling up ahead of the credit crunch, he decided he wanted to start his own business in the local community and was successful in joining the growing team of Right at Home local owner/operators.
“Quality of service has always been important to me,” Alastair explains, “but with home care it really means more than ever. I am determined that our team should give the best care in the Guildford and Farnham area and in order to do that we need the best Care Assistants. We put a lot of effort into recruiting and keeping the best people and in making Right at Home a great place to work so that we hang on to them! I am so proud of my team, they are all fantastic from the office staff to the CareGivers.
“It is a hugely rewarding thing to be doing; we really do make a huge difference to people’s lives, whether that is by providing full-time, live in care for someone with advancing dementia or assisting an older person to stay independent by helping with their shopping once a week.”
Alastair was one of the first Dementia Friends Champions and has run over 100 dementia awareness sessions in Farnham, Fleet, Guildford, Godalming and Farnborough, making over 1100 dementia friends. Dementia Friends is a government funded initiative run by the Alzheimer’s Society with the aim of increasing awareness and understanding of dementia in society. If you have a group that would benefit from a Dementia Friends session then do get in touch; Alastair would be very happy to come and run one for you. Alastair is also chair of the Farnham Dementia Action Alliance and works with a group of others with an aim to make Farnham a dementia friendly community.