Retired police sergeant Keith Alldritt, who has found a new vocation in life providing homecare for older people, has been named as Home Instead’s CAREGiver of the Year.
Keith, 59, has consistently gone the extra mile for those he cares for. In addition to delivering care and companionship during home visits, he has been putting his police investigation and interview techniques into practice to create Life Journals for his clients.
Giving older people a renewed zest for life
A CAREGiver at the Newcastle-under-Lyme branch of Home Instead,
Keith was inspired to create the Life Journals following Alzheimer’s and dementia care training. The chance to talk through the past and enjoy new experiences inspired by the journals has given the people Keith cares for a renewed zest for life.
“It was hard to pick just one CAREGiver to win, but Keith’s story was such an inspiring one that we felt he richly deserved the honour,” said Sam Brocklebank, co-founder of Home Instead UK.
“Keith embodies the core values of Home Instead – demonstrating that care and companionship go hand-in-hand. Keith’s work this year shows what is possible when care is delivered with thought and compassion. It is not putting it too strongly to say that he has helped to transform the lives of many of his clients.”
Keith’s efforts have also earned him personal praise from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) – the independent body that inspects providers of adult social care.
“This is the kind of care and support that definitely meets the Mum Test – care we would be happy for ourselves or anyone we love to receive,” says Andrea Sutcliffe, Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care at the CQC.
“What a difference Keith is making to the lives of the people he is supporting – it is exactly the kind of person-centred approach that my inspectors are looking for and that everyone receiving care deserves.”
The most rewarding experience
Keith joined Home Instead in February 2014 and beat a strong field of shortlisted entrants to win the CAREGiver of the Year award at the national Home Instead conference in November.
He said: “I loved my time in the constabulary, but working in homecare, helping older people continue living in the comfort and familiarity of their own homes, is the most rewarding experience of my career to date.”
One of Keith’s clients added: “I’m chuffed to bits for Keith. He deserves a big cheers for what he’s done for me and for writing it all down in my own book. He cares through and through.”
At Home Instead, we are always looking for more people like Keith to join our teams across the UK. You can find out more at: http://www.homeinsteadjobs.co.uk/caregiver