At the heart of our care family is an incredible group of CAREGivers, devoted to supporting our clients and enabling them to live well in the comfort of their home, as they age. As part of our CQC ‘Outstanding’ rated care team, Nicky joined Home Instead Farnborough in 2020 as one of our dedicated Live-in CAREGivers.
As an overseas resident, living in South Africa, Nicky splits her time between CAREGiving in the UK and her home in Capetown. She kindly spent some time to tell us her story and why she values a career in care.
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Tell us about your background?
Born in Exmouth, Devon, I am the youngest of three sisters. My family left the UK to settle in Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) in 1957 and this is where I grew up. Later moving to South Africa in 1982, I currently live in the beautiful city of Cape Town. I have three grown up children, two of which are in the UK and my eldest son and his family live in Cape Town. I have two grandchildren, one in the UK and one in Cape Town.
My late husband passed away after a two-year battle with cancer in 2019. Losing him was certainly life altering and although the journey was hard, it has helped to shape me into the person I am today.
Why did you want/ choose to work in care as a Caregiver?
My career has always been in health care and I have worked as a Personal Assistant to the CEO of several Non-Profit Health Organisations in Cape Town.
My last job was with a National organisation called Hospice Palliative Care Association of SA, where I was privileged to work alongside Professor Liz Gwyther. As the first and only Professor of Palliative Care in South Africa, she is highly respected within the industry, across the world. Her passion and advocacy for palliative care had a great influence in my life. I learnt much from her and she was a great support as I walked alongside my husband during his fight with cancer.
What do you enjoy most about being a Caregiver?
I love that I am able to make someone else’s life a little easier and the satisfaction I get knowing that I am not only helping my clients but also helping to ease the burden of care for their immediate family.
By nature, I am a motivator, so I enjoy trying to encourage my clients to try different activities to stimulate their brains and make their life a little more interesting, while finding out about their lives, interests and their families. I love cooking so enjoy working out a weekly menu with them and trying out some new recipes.
What advice would you offer to anyone considering a career in care?
Caring is not always easy and can be lonely as you are away from family and friends if you come from SA or any other country. Therefore, you need to be brave enough to go out on your time off and do some exploring. I have an amazing family and a large group of friends who pray for me regularly and keep in touch with me, this makes a huge difference. Make sure you have a team back home who will support and encourage you on your journey.
If you are considering a career in care or would like to apply for live-in care roles from overseas contact our Recruitment Manager, Van on (+44) 01252 758716 or email [email protected] to find out more.