Our Background & Mission
Aster Care was established in Portsmouth in 2009 to supply trained staff to learning disability establishments in Hampshire. By 2011, we observed a lack of care provision for people with long-term health conditions who wanted to live at home but couldn't, due to a lack of basic nursing support only provided in nursing homes. In addition, whilst many care providers offered short ‘pop-in’ visits of 15-30 minutes, none were providing 24-hour continuous support at home.
It therefore became our mission to seek out clinical skills training for care workers and combine with a 24 hour care to now offer a viable alternative to a nursing home, which we achieved. Our success has helped change the way care is delivered at home leading to a calmer, fulfilling way of life.
Our Staff Team
We are a local business, independently owned and able to respond to local needs. We are a well-run, friendly and responsive service, managed by the team of people below: -
Pam qualified as an RGN in 1989 and has worked in various health and social care settings over the past 30 years. Pam joined Aster Care in 2011 to develop a viable alternative to nursing home care at home for those with long-term conditions, changing the way care would be delivered at home.
Pam has multi-hat responsibility to develop and maintain efficient operational systems and processes, compliance, quality assurance including complaints and safeguarding, as well as marketing, business development, recruitment & training.
Pam is directly involved with staff and service users, using her nursing background to undertake all complex needs assessments, translating them into simple, clear care plans for staff to deliver personalised and effective care.
Jo joined Aster Care in 2010, originally as the Care Coordinator, taking up the Registered Manager's position in 2012.
Jo is responsible for ensuring staff are matched to service users, and that the allocation of care runs smoothly. Jo supports the Operations Director with recruitment, assessment, supervision & appraisal, producing payroll and invoicing. Jo expertly participates in the on-call service and gives additional support to those on-call, should they need it.
Jo has over 20 years of experience across day care/residential services and holds an NVQ Level 5 in Health & Social Care.
Carey joined Aster Care in 2013 as a care worker. She is a shining example of how Aster Care nurtures its staff to progress their career in care. Carey joined the office team in July 2017 as Acting Care Coordinator and took up the full-time role in April 2017.
Carey primarily manages the day to day allocation of work and the 4-week rota programming, along with the administration of recruitment and training. She also participates in the out of hours on-call service.
Carey holds an NVQ 2 in Health & Social Care, recently qualifying as the company's Moving & Handling Trainer, as well as training staff in managing PEG feeding & medication administration and observational visits.
Muthu Govindarajah has spent his entire career working in the care sector. He qualified as a nurse and was one of four people only to be appointed as a Community Nurse pioneer for people with learning disabilities in Wales. Muthu graduated with a degree in Applied Social Psychology, later completing a Diploma in Educational Studies.
Muthu worked as a Team Leader in Adult Social Care for eight years before owning residential homes for people with learning disabilities, Northamptonshire and London. He created Aster Care Ltd in 2007, originally to provide a care agency service to another of the group's learning disability establishments. By 2010, Muthu encouraged the diversification into 24-hour care at home.
Muthu continues to provide strong leadership and strategic guidance to the business.