Age is no barrier to a career in care, our CAREGivers tell the FT

61 year old CAREGiver Helen McEntire at Home Instead at Epsom & Mole Valley

Age is no barrier to a career in care with Home Instead – as two of our dedicated CAREGivers depict in a Financial Times article published this weekend.


CAREGiver Helen McEntire based at our Epsom & Mole Valley office and our reigning CAREGiver of the Year Keith Alldritt, based at our Newcastle under Lyme office, contributed with interviews for the feature.


Headlined ‘Older Workers show the future of retirement is changing’ (Paywall) our duo of CAREGivers tell of the ‘renewed sense of self’ the role has given them and of their passion for the careers they hold with Home Instead in their later lives.


CAREGiver Helen is described in the piece as one of the growing army of older workers who believes “60 is the new 40”.


At 61, she works 25-30 hours a week with us and tells the Financial Times that that being closer in age to her clients, makes her better able to relate to their experiences.


Former police sargeant and current reigning CAREGiver of the Year Keith Alldritt at Home Instead Newcastle under Lyme office

Meanwhile Keith, a former police sergeant, told the broadsheet that the ability to work part-time with Home Instead gives him the flexibility he wants to be able to regularly visit his grandchild too.


Keith is also proud to use his former detective skills to make Life Journals for clients “helping them to reconnect with the present by remembering the past”.


Martin Jones, Managing Director of Home Instead, said: “We specialise in care for older people and equally we fully appreciate the value that older workers bring from their previous jobs, careers and life experiences. 


“We provide opportunities for people to flourish in their later lives as greatly valued CAREGivers vital in helping our clients to remain living independently at home.


“Our view is that everyone can and should have access to a second, third or fourth career – and our vision is to be the place where people can achieve this.”


Home Instead has CAREGivers in their 50s, 60s, 70s even 80s, like CAREGiver June from Sheffield. Find out more about CAREGiver roles with Home Instead by taking the 60 second CAREGiver quiz.


Reigning CAREGiver of the Year Keith Alldritt, based at the Newcastle under Lyme office, working as a part-time caregiver



Financial Times article: "Older workers show the future of retirement is changing"