Home Instead as Menopause Supporter

At some point in life most people will be touched by menopause, either personally through direct experience or the experience of someone they know, love or support. On average, a woman will generally spend a third of her life in menopause and one in four will report suffering serious symptoms. Now more than ever, women are working until later in life and the highest growth in employment is coming from women over 45 years of age. 

Menopause occurs when a woman’s body reduces its production of oestrogen which can lead to a wide range of varying symptoms include depression, hair loss, difficulty sleeping, mood swings, hot flushes, memory challenges, anxiety, weight gain, problems with concentration, muscle and joint pain.  Whilst some women experience little or no change at menopause, symptoms and intensity varies greatly from person to person which can lead to confusion, misunderstanding and sometimes misdiagnosis.

Home Instead Mid Devon & Blackdown Hills is committed to nurturing and supporting all its staff and for several months has been working hard to raise awareness of menopause within its workforce.  Opening the conversation gives everyone a chance to bring their whole self to work, to feel supported and to seek the adjustments or support they may need in order to continue to work comfortably and feel understood.

This awareness and support is facilitated through frequent and open conversations, regular, friendly 'Menopause Meetups' and by implementing guidance and education for all staff and managers. Given understanding at work, and possible support from trusted sources and the healthcare sector, a woman’s life can often return to ‘normal’ through minor adjustments and/or lifestyle changes. 

Speaking about the Company’s menopause programme, Vanessa McGlade, said “Nothing makes me happier than to know that we have been able to make a positive impact on the life of an employee or client. In just a few months our menopause support has had a tangible benefit on many of our employee’s health and wellbeing; and, given the symptoms it has likely helped their families and clients too.  At the end of the day, it’s a privilege to employ the outstanding staff we have, and we will do our utmost to support them in the best ways possible.”

As a company, we look forward to further developing our staff support systems with regard to menopause awareness and will be pleased to share news of our journey along the way. Conversation is key with regard to this topic, and we intend to keep ours going...