Like most 77 year olds, Dorothy Turner from Shrewsbury retired some while ago. However she soon decided retirement was not for her and restarted her career by becoming the latest caregiver at Home Instead in Telford and Wrekin, providing at-home care for older people in the area.
As an entrepreneur and savvy business woman who ran several family companies with her husband during her working life, Dot retired from work when her husband fell ill. When he sadly passed away years later, she decided that she wanted to find a job that would be suitable for her at the age of 77.
Dot commented: “I am a real people person and the idea of not working was just not an option for me. I have worked since the age of 15, and even when I had my children I was working from home, providing sewing services to local people.”
Dot has a great deal of experience in the caring profession having provided care for family members with learning disabilities and having helping her daughter to run a residential care home.
Therefore, when she heard about the position of caregiver with Home Instead, she was excited to find out more and thrilled to learn that this job suited her perfectly.
Dot continues: “I was thrilled to be given this new job with Home Instead. The role is very flexible and is a great way for me to fulfil my passion of caring for others without having to work full time.”
Home Instead owner Jenny Sokoloff commented: “It is fantastic that we can hire older people who may not have thought they could get back into the working world. We find that older caregivers often have a real affinity with our clients and find caregiving a worthwhile and rewarding profession that is flexible enough to manage.”
Home Instead is an award winning national company which is changing the way care is delivered in the UK and is rapidly building a reputation as one of the UK’s leading care companies. Their service is tailored to the needs of individual clients and ranges from companionship, meal preparation, light housekeeping, post-discharge care, personal care, medication reminders, shopping and errands. The service is totally flexible to meet client needs and is available from as little as 1 hour to 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
For more information about Home Instead Telford and Wrekin, or if you would like to find out more about becoming a caregiver yourself, call the office on 01952 601063/4 or visit: www.homeinstead.co.uk/eastshropshire
Photo caption: Dorothy Turner (central) with two other new Home Instead recruits Jenny Grey and Helen Cotteril.