New care manager is a carer through and through

When Irene Merrick retired 3 years ago, little did she know that she would soon be back to work as the new care manager for Home Instead in Leek.
As a carer through and through, Irene has a background working as service development manager with Stafford social services and has worked in the care sector since 1986. She is also a carer in her private life as Irene and her brother and sister have been helping to look after their Mum for quite some time.
When Carole Lovatt set up Home Instead, she knew just who she wanted in the important position of care manager; her friend and former workmate, Irene!
Irene commented: “I was thrilled to hear from Carol again and delighted that she thought of me for the role. I trawled the website to learn more about Home Instead and was really impressed with the company ethos and its values of exceptional care. I was so excited about the opportunity it was enough to tempt me out of retirement and get me back to doing what I do best!”

As care manager, Irene is in charge of selecting the best new Caregivers to join the team as well as maintaining the quality level of care Home Instead is renowned for.

Irene enjoys the training, networking opportunities and support available in her new role and says she is thrilled she decided to make the transition.
Carol Lovatt, owner of Home Instead said: “Irene has such a wealth of experience and is so passionate about her work and the service we provide, she is a perfect addition to the team and it is great to be working with her once again.”
 Away from work, Irene enjoys spending time with her family and has been married to Gordon for 35 years. The couple have one son, and a 1 year old granddaughter.

Home Instead Leek and Moorlands owner Carol Lovatt with new Care Manager Irene Merrick

Home Instead’s services are tailored to the needs of individual clients and range from companionship, meal preparation, light housekeeping, post-discharge care, personal care, medication reminders, shopping and errands. The service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 
To contact Home Instead in Leek and Moorlands call 01538 372 179 or visit

Photo caption: Carol Lovatt, Home Instead Owner (left), with new care manager Irene Merrick (right).