Police sergeant turned CAREGiver makes TV debut

Former police sergeant turned Home Instead CAREGiver Keith Alldritt made his TV debut on the BBC Breakfast sofa in October - talking about his new lease of life in care after retiring from the force. 

Father-of-two Keith Alldritt, 61, joined us in 2014 and went on to scoop our prestigious CAREGiver of the Year award the following year. Caring Keith used his forensic skills to create Life Journals about the older people he visits each day as part of his new career path.

61-year-old Home Instead CAREgiver and former police sargeant Keith Alldritt

By revisiting key chapters in his clients’ lives and collecting their treasured memories in the journals, Keith, a grandfather-of-one, used older people’s pasts to connect them back to life in the present day.

Keith, who says caregiving is the most rewarding career of his professional life, appeared on the Breakfast sofa this morning, October 5th,  commenting on new research on the topic of retirement released by the Centre for Ageing Better.

The new research found that one in five adults (20%) who retired in the last five years have admitted to finding it difficult.

The data also revealed that only around half of UK workers planning to retire in the next five years are looking forward to it, (56%), with 41% worried about managing their money, a third concerned about feeling bored (33%) and missing their social connections from work (32%), and nearly a quarter worried about losing their purpose (24%). Some 17% of workers are worried about being lonely in retirement.

Claire Turner, the Centre for Ageing Better’s Director of Evidence, said: “Retirement is a major life change that most of us will eventually experience, yet little is understood about how it affects us. Traditionally it is viewed as a halcyon period of more time to enjoy travel, family and hobbies – and for many that’s the case. But our survey shows that while some people flourish, but others find it a challenging time.”

61-year-old former police sargeant and CAREgiver Keith Alldritt

CAREGiver Keith spent his career in the constabulary policing animal rights issues, as well as being drafted in to cover the Toxteth riots, a G8 summit and the first V festival, over three decades in the force before he retired.

Keith commented: “Retirement really is what you make it. I’m a people person through and through, and I knew I’d miss that interaction. Caregiving gives me purpose and keeps me connected to people. I’ve honestly found it to be the most rewarding part of my career to date.”

Keith has continued with his personal development and training with Home Instead too, adding: “You’re never too old to learn. The great thing about Home Instead is that the rewarding work goes hand-in-hand with excellent training and support. I’ve got several new qualifications, including a BTEC Level 2 in Care and Diplomas including Health and Social Care as well as Home Instead’s Alzheimer’s City and Guilds qualification.”

Age is no barrier to a career in care with Home Instead, it has CAREGivers in their 50s, 60, 70s even 80s. To find out about a second career with Home Instead visit our jobs site for more details.