Caring Company Promotes ‘Older People’s Day’ on Local Radio

Local Company Home Instead who support older people living in their own homes in and around the towns of Harrogate, Ripon and Thirsk recently celebrated the annual event ‘International Day of Older Persons’ held on the 1st October 2017.

 This year the theme of ‘International Day of Older Persons’ is “Stepping into the Future: Tapping the Talents, Contributions, and Participation of Older Persons in Society.”  Looking at and expanding the contributions older people make to their families, communities, and societies at large and about their active and important involvement in various aspects of social, cultural, economic, civic and political life. 

According to the United Nations and their division for social policy and development;

 ‘the number of older persons worldwide is set to increase by 56 per cent -- from 901 million to more than 1.4 billion. By 2050, the number of people aged 60 and above will outnumber children under age 15, it is starkly evident that the need to tap into the often overlooked and under-appreciated contributions of older persons is not only essential to older persons’ well-being, but also imperative for sustainable development processes. The 2017 theme will explore effective means of promoting and strengthening the participation of older persons in various aspects of social, cultural, economic, and civic and political life.’

Home Instead truly believe that older people are a fantastic asset to their workforce and that older people make ideal caregivers.   Most of their team are over the age of 50 and many are past the traditional retirement age of 65 years.

Sheena and Andrew Van Parys, owners of Home Instead took the opportunity to promote how important older people are to their business and the contribution that they make, by talking to Beth Parsons at Stray FM on the regular Health & Wellbeing show which is aired on a Tuesday evening.

Home Instead caregiver Maureen Shackleton, who is 68 years old, also spoke to Beth about her change of career path and why she recently joined the Home Instead team.

   As a caregiver for the company, Maureen 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 also provides them with the companionship that elderly people so often need.

Maureen is part of a new generation of workers who are starting new careers when they would traditionally be thinking about putting their feet up.

As Maureen says in the interview, that when she retired she spent time doing up the house and the garden but was now ready for a fresh challenge, as she says herself; “it’s a time to make new friends and for new horizons, and to get out there and give something back to the community.”

Sheena Van Parys added; “We carefully match our caregivers to clients and many of our clients would like to be cared for by someone closer to their own age.  Caregivers such as Maureen also 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. We can offer part-time opportunities so it is ideal for anyone looking to do a few hours to a few days work each week.”

To listen to the Stray FM interview with Home instead please click below:

To find out more about joining the Home Instead team, call Harrogate 01423 774490, Ripon 01765 530 400 or Thirsk 01845 440 510 or visit