A passion for enabling the best experiences in later life

Plan with Care was born from the personal and professional experience of friends and founders, Chris and Nathan. They saw time and time again that later life is often overshadowed by needless suffering. They knew they could change this.

Like many of us, Chris and Nathan have seen older members of their families enter the stage of life where more care is needed. Couple this with Chris’s background of over a decade leading quality improvement in care and Nathan’s nearly two decades of improving access to good-quality financial planning, and they have a very holistic view of how later life can play out. Sadly, for many, it often means a drop in the quality of life – quite a drastic drop.

Their drive behind Plan with Care is that older adults, especially those living with conditions such as dementia, should have access to the best care and life experience – no matter their circumstances. But this involves a lot of creativity to devise care and wellbeing plans that are fully tailored to individuals. Unfortunately, due to time restraints and resources, this is often beyond the realm of care homes or in-home care organisations, and often too overwhelming for families to tackle on their own.

Chris and Nathan have created the opportunity to be able to sit down with families, friends and often the individuals themselves, and create a care and wellbeing plan that assures the person gets to maintain the best possible quality of life – whatever their circumstance.

Everyone should have the best possible quality of life. We can help make this happen.

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    Co-founder

    CHRIS GAGE

    Chris is an internationally respected social entrepreneur – working for social change. He co-founded Plan with Care in order to bring change and innovation to the care sector. He believes in the importance of creativity in care, and in later life being a time rich with experience. Alongside his role at Plan with Care, Chris is Managing Director of Ladder to the Moon, where he supports care settings to become creative and vibrant places to live and work. Chris’s TEDx talk explains this further (and includes a wonderful story of ex-landlady Beryl leading a care home lock-in!).

    Chris has a Masters level qualification in Innovation, Creativity and Leadership from Cass Business School and is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.

    What makes Chris tick:
    “I love living by the sea in Folkestone with my wife and daughter, and in my spare time I enjoy walking, practical philosophy, playing football (badly) and doing improvised comedy.”

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    Co-Founder

    NATHAN HARRIS

    Nathan’s experience of his grandparents going into care triggered a passion to improve the transition for people who find they need care and support to live later life to the full.

    He is a Chartered Financial Planner, with over 20 years’ experience in financial services. Over that time, he’s put his expert knowledge of pensions, investments and tax planning to use by providing financial planning that is focused on the people he serves. He is a Fellow of the Personal Financial Society, a Chartered Member of The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment, and a Member of the Society of Later Life Advisers (SOLLA).

    What makes Nathan tick:

    “In my spare time, I like to run along the coastline, and I enjoy watching rugby and spending time with my wife and daughter.”

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    ALISE KIRTLEY

    Alise works directly with older people as well as alongside their families and professional carers. She’s specialised in working with people living with dementia, helping them to flourish. She holds a Master’s in Ethical Business Development in Dementia Care, as well as qualifications in Leadership in Person-Centred Dementia Care and Advanced Dementia Care Mapping.

    With over ten years experience in the care sector, Alise has worked as a Culture Change Manager and Practice Development Consultant with care homes; delivered training for professional carers, nurses and family carers; and led and contributed to research for The Mental Health Foundation, My Home Life and Innovations in Dementia.

    What makes Alise tick:

    “Taking care of other people’s wellbeing means I have to take care of mine too! I’m an active musician and hiker, and am heavily involved in organising community events.”

  • Assistant Care and Wellbeing Consultant

    CARRIE IOAKIM

    Carrie is a qualified member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapy. She has years of experience working for a variety of charities, in a range of different settings, using a person-centred approach. 
     
    What makes Carrie tick:

    “I enjoy keeping fit and active with my family. My son and I are both black belts in Taekwondo, and are currently working towards our 2nd Dan.”

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    HR and Operations 

    ZOE AVERY

    Zoe manages HR and administration at Plan with Care to ensure that everything is running smoothly. She focuses on the company’s operational strategy and is passionate about building successful relationships and teams. Zoe also heads up HR for Lothbury Pendil – a successful independent financial planning firm – and has recently completed her level 7 CIPD Certificate in Human Resource Management. 

    What makes Zoe tick:
    “I have three very active boys and enjoy family time and socialising with my husband and friends. I have a real passion for performing arts and would love to attempt the world record in watching the most theatre productions the West End has to offer!”
     

Care and wellbeing membership

We provide support when and where you need it. This can be one-off in a crisis, as needed, or on a long-term basis with our Care and Wellbeing Membership. After an initial consultation and assessment, we create a report and a care and wellbeing plan. Our future planning also looks at what your care needs are now, and what they are likely to be in three years, ten years and beyond. This is reviewed every six months to always ensure the very best quality of life possible.

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Trusted partners

We collaborate closely with a range of trusted partners to facilitate a complete range of optional services that may be needed to provide the best possible quality of life for the person you support. We make no money from the partners we work with – but we often get preferential rates for you, as our only concern is that you can access the best possible services for your loved one. 

We are always looking for Trusted Partners who can offer supplementary services to ensure, enhance  and exceed the care needs of our clients. If you would be interested in becoming a Trusted Partner of Plan with Care, feel free to get in touch.  

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

"Plan with Care have made a real difference to the lives of our clients. By suggesting adjustments and improvements to their care, facilitating activities and experiences and taking the time to get to know each individual and their circumstances they have enabled our clients to live the fullest lives possible."

Toby Crump, Hallett & Co Solicitors 

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32-40 Tontine St

Folkestone

CT20 1JU

info@planwithcare.co.uk

01303 764576