David Horton, a CAREGiver at Home Instead Senior Care Telford, Newport and Bridgnorth, is a wonderful example of an older person still willing and able to work beyond retirement age. In fact, he is a remarkable human being and at 73 years old, he has no intention of slowing down! Believe it or not, David has run 26 marathons since the age of 59 and has raised over £30,000 for charity!
A new report recently launched report by Prince Charles revealed that over a million people aged over 50 are out of work. The research by the Prince’s Initiative for Mature Enterprise (PRIME) says that as many as 1.5 million people aged over 50 have left work involuntarily for a variety of reasons over the last eight years. PRIME says that 1.1 million of these people still want to work.
Home Instead Senior Care, an at-home care company in Telford, Newport and Bridgnorth, reports that 35% of their workforce is over 50, and they are actively looking for Prince Charles’ Missing Millions. As a CAREGiver, David visits his elderly clients regularly and helps them with their shopping, cooking, and other daily routines, assisting them to remain living independently in their own homes. He also provides them with the companionship that elderly people so often need.
David explains: “Being a CAREGiver is wonderful. In fact, I don’t consider my work as a CAREGiver as a job, it’s my vocation and I just love helping people. When I see my friends, they always ask me when I am going to retire, and I always tell them I have no plans on retiring as I love what I am doing, caring for my elderly clients!”
David has been a CAREGiver with Home Instead for 3 years, but his life story impresses and inspires those around him. Between 1959 and 2006, David worked in the printing industry and began his career as a messenger for the Associated Press in London. After moving to the Telford area in 1988, David continued to work in printing for PCP (Precision Colour Printing), managing the pictures for the Shropshire Star and Express and Star until he was diagnosed with bone cancer in the summer of 2006.
Passionate about running, David kept himself in shape both physically and mentally with short distance running during his 6 months of chemotherapy. A few days after he was cleared of cancer in January 2007, he started training for the London Marathon, successfully completing it in April, 2007, just 4 months after being cleared of the bone cancer.
Jenny Ballantine, owner of Home Instead, Telford, Newport and Bridgnorth, also commented. She said, “We are so lucky to have David as a CAREGiver. He is truly an inspiration, and is working on achieving the highest level of training qualifications. He is 100% client focused and is proof that the over 50s are a highly effective care resource.
“We match our CAREGivers to clients and many of our clients often like to be cared for by someone closer to their own age plus they have the life skills to understand the issues faced by those in need of care. It’s why we already employ many people who are over 50. David has become a fantastic advocate for Home Instead, encouraging others who may be apprehensive to ‘give it a go!’
“Much of the work in the sector is part-time so is ideal for anyone looking to do a few hours to a few days’ work each week.”
For more information on working with Home Instead Senior Care, contact the office on 01952 581112