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This YouCanCare week, hear from two of our team of CAREGivers about how they got into care and what a career with Home Instead means to them...
Lesley had worked in care for ten years as a residential support worker for people with learning difficulties and autism before joining Home Instead as a CAREGiver. Working with people has always been important and prior to joining the care sector she managed a Sure Start children’s Centre.
She witnessed at first-hand the poor quality of care provided by some companies, when her mother and father were both ill and needed care. As a result, she went on to become a voluntary carer for both her parents.
She was attracted to apply to Home Instead by the one hour visits, top 20 Yorkshire care provider ranking and the companionship care ethos of the company. Lesley has this to say about her experience with Home Instead:
“I love the job and have become friends with all my clients. I have some wonderful conversations and know CAREGiving is the right role for me. As well as my older clients I look after a client with mental health needs, spending Friday afternoon’s with her, helping her with her hobbies especially her interest in arts and crafts.
“The office provides fantastic back-up as well. The team are responsive, friendly and supportive at all times. It’s good to know I have such support and my husband tells me I am a different person since starting with Home Instead.”
Lesley joined Home Instead in January 2022.
Tracey began her career in care four years ago after working for Bradford Royal Infirmary in administration. She came across a flyer in a local shop advertising the role of CAREGiver and with a strong belief in caring for others she applied to Home Instead. Tracey has this to say about her role:
“Working in care was the best decision I ever made! I wouldn’t want to do anything else and I plan on being here for the long term. I love the variety of clients; some need personal care and others just simply companionship to alleviate loneliness. I also enjoy double up calls which involve working with other CAREGivers to ensure that our clients receive the best care possible.
“The most rewarding aspect of working in care is building a relationship with client families. It’s so nice to hear their warm comments and be truly appreciated. You get to build a beautiful friendship with the clients and I often hear them say how much they like me coming to visit.”
“The office staff provide great support too! They truly care about us as people. They are always friendly and approachable so it’s easy to sort out any issues. I’ve never had such support and appreciation in previous jobs.”
Tracy joined Home Instead in 2017 and was awarded CAREGiver of the year in 2020.
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