Defining the future of private Home care
Liberty Private Care was founded by husband and wife team, Andrew and Fiona Key. Together, they have more than 50 years’ nursing and care experience and have worked in the NHS, worked for and run care agencies, residential care and nursing homes, and have also run a successful homecare company in north-west England since 1999.
What makes us different?
We provide care that bridges the gap between traditional home care and nursing. We’ve proactively worked with local and national bodies to improve care standards through innovation and training. Andrew has worked closely with these organisations to help create and define the ‘Six Steps End of Life Accreditation’ for community care agencies, and Liberty Private Care earned this accreditation from the Countess Mountbatten Hospice in Southampton.
Andrew also helped to develop a Night Care and Integrated Triage and Response care team, so understands all aspects of complex care, and was a finalist at the Great British Care Awards in the category of ‘Outstanding Contribution to Social Care’.
One of their carers also won the national Carer of the Year award in recognition of his work and the outstanding quality of care provided.
Meet a few of the team:
Andrew Key - Managing Director
Andrew Key is Managing Director of Liberty Private Care and has more than 25 years’ experience in the health and social care sector. Following on from nursing on orthopaedic wards for Bolton NHS Trust, Andrew opened a domiciliary care company with his wife Fiona, a Registered General Nurse, in 1999. He has been an active participant with different groups and has helped improve care, both locally and nationally, through innovation in the administration of medication in the community, care sector training and the implementation of end-of-life standards, culminating in receiving the Six Steps End of Life Accreditation from East Lancashire Hospice and the Countess Mountbatten Hospice in Southampton. He was also instrumental in the development of a Night Care and an Integrated Triage and Response Care Team. Andrew was a finalist at the national Great British Care Awards for the category ‘Outstanding Contribution to Social Care’ and one of his carers won the national final in the category of ‘Carer of the Year’.
Having moved to Bournemouth 10 years ago, Andrew and Fiona needed to find a care company to provide a higher standard of care for Fiona’s mother, who had several health conditions, including dementia, cancer and diabetes.
They could not find anyone to provide a better level of care and so Liberty Private Care was born in 2019, some two years after Fiona’s mother had died. They understand the difficulties involved in sourcing the correct level of care and the frustrations people have when they do not live locally or have busy family and professional lives.
Outside work, Andrew is a regular blood donor and likes going on long distance walking trips, having completed the Camino de Santiago in 2018, and is now planning an ‘around the world in 80 days’ trip following the ethos of the Jules Verne novel. He also likes messing around in boats and can often be seen leaving Poole harbour on a trip.
Amy McCormick - Registered General Nurse
Since qualifying as a Registered General Nurse in 2014 Amy has worked as a nurse in a number of settings and gained extensive experience in her roles as a Senior Nurse in two nursing homes, Triage Nurse for South West Ambulance Service and as a District Nurse in Dorset and Hampshire. She now brings that collective experience into home care as the Registered Manager of Liberty Private Care. Her focus is on delivering the best care and outcomes for all the clients and supporting those closest to them, helping to alleviate their concerns, especially when relatives either live a distance away or have busy family and professional lives.
Like Andrew, Amy also recognises and believes in the development of the skills and expertise of all the carers, encouraging and helping them achieve higher qualifications in care and engaging with various training sessions to enable the carers to bridge the gap between care and nursing, and liaise with others to positively affect the care they provide, therefore producing a consistent team of carers that want to stay with Liberty Private Care.
Occasionally during the summer and autumn, Amy can be found sea swimming in the morning – and may even catch a sunrise or two – or on a paddle board. Her two spaniels, Toby and Finn, enjoy wet and muddy walks in the New Forest and ‘help’ in Amy’s allotment, which began with six ex-battery hens that have now become 14! Amy loves being outside and having adventures in her campervan. She says: ‘I have been very fortunate in my travels and love to see new places and meet new people. My one aspiration is to visit Peru and Machu Picchu. When I do find time to read a book it is usually psychology based! I enjoy eating food and am a pretty good cook. I enjoy cooking world cuisine and love entertaining friends and family with a home-made meal.’
Kay Lomonovska - Carer
Kay has worked in care for nine years including nursing and residential homes and in homecare, gaining her care qualification in 2015. She is currently engaged on a two year course as a Senior Health and Support Worker. Kay was attracted to work for Liberty Private Care having become aware that we provide care in an innovative way, and train our carers to higher standards to deliver greater support to the clients and those closest to them, thus bridging the gap between care and nursing.
Like all of our carers, Kay actively contributes to the ongoing welfare, review and planning of clients’ care, identifying the signs of potential problems and taking action to reduce the risk and impact of any presenting issue.
In a recent Facebook campaign we asked our carers to say why they work in care and what that means to them, she said ‘For me it means being passionate and empathetic and making clients feel valued. Sometimes just sitting down and listening to them or holding their hand will make a difference. But the main thing is, that I look after my clients in a way I wish my loved ones could be looked after.’
Amanda Jenkins - Carer
Amanda has extensive experience in care and nursing, having gained her first qualification in 1995, followed by an Advanced Diploma in Clinical Nursing (Mental Health) in 2002 from Bournemouth University. Very much a local, she has worked for Dorset NHS Trust and other organisations in roles working with people who have dementia, learning and physical difficulties and mental health issues, both in residential and community-based settings.
In 2018, she gained additional qualifications as a reflexologist and, in 1997, trained in counselling and gained her NVQ Level 3 in Health and Social Care. Amanda brings to the team a skill set and experience that clients, their families and our carers can access.
When not working, Amanda likes the countryside, walking along the beachfront and spending time with her family.