Care to make a difference

Memory Café attendees making Easter baskets
Memory Café attendees making Easter baskets

Working for Home Instead is very rewarding; CAREGivers are given the opportunity to develop their careers in areas which interest them. Jennifer Freshwater and Debbie Dore were both CAREGivers before joining the office team and are now responsible for recruitment and scheduling respectively. Here is another example of how a CAREGiver developed her career with us.

Mandy King started as a CAREGiver and is now a senior CAREGiver.  She visits her elderly clients regularly and helps them with their shopping, cooking, and other daily routines, assisting them to remain living independently in their own homes. She provides them with the companionship that elderly people so often need. She is proud to be making a difference in her community.

She also runs a monthly memory café in Epping which is for clients, their friends and families to meet once a month.  The first memory cafe took place last November and now has over 20 attendees who come together to enjoy activities, tea, coffee and homemade cakes.

Mandy says, “I love being a CAREGiver and I love running the memory café every month. It is a chance to give something back to our clients, and we always have a lot of fun doing craft and chatting with our friends over some coffee and cake. It is a wonderful opportunity and provides an outlet for those who may be lonely. ”

Every session has a theme so that each month there is something different to do. Recently we have had an Easter theme, a gardening theme and a pets theme. “Our Easter craft session was a lot of fun, and it was great to see so many of our clients smiling while making their own Easter baskets.” Every session has as well the popular singing of some favourite songs.

Victoria Rigby, owner of Home Instead also commented on the memory café. She said, “Our memory café has become a very popular monthly event for our clients and CAREGivers. It is a place where they can go that is safe and comfortable, where they can have friends and positive social interaction.  Mandy has done a wonderful job running the café and she is a very important member of our team.”

If you are interested in coming to the memory café which takes place the last Tuesday of every month or would like more information about Home Instead, or would like to join our team then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our office staff on 01992 666777 or email [email protected].

Memory Café attendees with their Easter baskets
Memory Café attendees with their Easter baskets

office group photo with CQC 'Outstanding' award
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