When high flying business woman Anitra Camargo was diagnosed with secondary cancer, naturally she was devastated. However, just over a year later, as she launches a new care business based at Marchamont House, High Street in Egham, she says that it was this experience that led her to meeting some amazing people who have changed her life for the better.
Anitra, the owner of Home Instead which provides at-home care services for adults across Windsor and Runnymede, previously worked for a London software company which relocated her to New York to take on the demanding role of Vice President.
She was in New York during 9/11 which motivated her to move back home to the UK, only to be in London during the 7/7 attacks here.
She explains: ”Even back in the UK, life was hectic, I was travelling twice a week looking after accounts in Europe. When I first suspected I was ill, I dismissed it as a low priority because I was too busy. Looking back, I suppose you think it’s not going to happen to you.”
"Having experienced the treatment and care that I have been given I am totally in awe of the fantastic nurses and carers that looked after me. The work that they do for others has totally inspired me to live a new life and dedicate myself to helping others. Through my new venture I can use my knowledge and business experience to do what really matters in life which is ensuring good quality care is available for people when they need it.”
Home Instead provides a service 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. Anitra is, however, very aware that good quality care is not always available to everyone. She explains:
“You do read lots of bad press about the care sector and my family have had personal experience of care services that are very poor, leaving food out of reach of clients, making people sit behind closed curtains all day because no-one will visit them in the evenings. This is appalling and could not be further from the Home Instead vision or my personal vision of how care should be delivered.”
Anitra is now looking to recruit people from the local area who would like to become a Caregiver. She continues: “We need people with caring and compassionate natures who want a rewarding and flexible career delivering care to people in their own homes. We offer full training so experience is not necessary but candidates may have had personal experience such as looking after a loved one which they have enjoyed.”
Away from the office Anitra is a keen theatre goer, her favourite being Shakespeare. She also enjoys walking and keeping fit.
For more information on joining the team or on the services provided, please call the Windsor and Egham office on 01784 477854 or visit www.homeinstead.co.uk