When Abigail Jones, 23, of Needham Market, told her family she wanted to take up a career in care they weren’t convinced – but she has found more than a career, she has found her vocation.
Abigail joined the Ipswich team of at-home care company, Home Instead Senior Care, which provides services for older people throughout East Suffolk, in the role of recruitment and retention co-ordinator.
The Home Instead Senior Care service enables older people to remain at home and lead a relatively independent life.
Prior to joining the company, Abigail worked as an independent carer and as a carer at Foxhall Day Care Centre, visiting homes providing personal care to clients.
She is full of enthusiasm for her new role which will see her recruiting caregivers, carrying out induction training and providing on-going training and support. Her previous hands-on care experience, has provided her with the necessary skills to know exactly what qualities are required for someone to become an excellent caregiver.
“I am born and bred in Ipswich and I love the fact that I am able to give something back to the local community, making a difference to the lives of older people and their families,” she said. “I enjoy the company of older people – they have led interesting lives and, of course, they were young themselves once, something so many younger people forget.”
“My friends, family and fiancé are all very proud of what I do and, what I have achieved so far, I am keen to encourage others to consider a career in caring.”
People don’t need to have experience in the care sector as they receive excellent training, but they may well have experience looking after a relative or friend.
ENTHUSIASM: Abigail Jones loves her new role with the Ipswich team of Home Instead Senior Care.