Older Workers Welcome Here!

Home Instead is backing Business in the Community's new Age in the Workplace report, which highlights the importance of older workers to the future of the economy.

Here you can read Helen's Home Instead story, which shows how close this ethos is to our heart and that age is certainly no barrier to a career in care with us.

To find out more about becoming a CAREGiver with Home Instead visit https://www.homeinstead.co.uk/caregiver-jobs/

Helen's Home Instead story

"I'm nearly 61 and have been working for Home Instead since October 2010. I'm also a mother-of-three and a grandmother-of-five.

Working in care is a fantastic thing to do. It's hard to explain the satisfaction and pleasure there is in getting to know someone who is alone or frail and become their trusted helper and companion.

As I've become older, working for Home Instead has given me a renewed sense of self. For the first time I can see that my life experiences are of real value to others.

The fact that I am older has so many advantages in this job. I remember the way things were back in the 50s and 60s, I can make soup from scratch, turn a hem, darn a sock, knit and so on. I never thought these things would be of much use to me, but they really help me to bond with the lovely people I support. 

I had brilliant training when I started, and there's on-going continuous refresher courses, which brings everything up to date. I've also had training in Alzheimer's and other dementias that is City and Guilds accredited, and I'm currently booked on courses for supporting people with Visual Impairment and Parkinson's disease.

I feel I've found my 'true calling' but best of all I've found the right organisation to facilitate putting it into practice. I can honestly say that working for Home Instead has been the best working experience I've ever had."