What does #livinglonger look like?
Home Instead's 'Caregiver of the Year' Lorraine Birkett providing care assistance to 86-year-old client Ann Booth

A BBC Breakfast special series has turned the camera on a subject close to our heart at Home Instead this week, taking a look at what living longer looks like.

Our CAREGivers are crucial to our vision, they help us to provide 4 million hours of quality care and companionship each year. At Home Instead we have a very clear vision of what living longer should look like. That’s life lived with independence, in the comfort and familiarity of people’s own homes, filled with activity and positivity.

Our real life stories of #livinglonger

Home Instead's 'Caregiver of the Year' Lorraine Birkett providing personal at-home care to 86-year-old client Ann Booth
  •  Lorraine Birkett, our CAREGiver of the Year, brings joy and sunshine to the life of Ann Booth, a retired nurse, every day. When Lorraine’s son got married, 86-year-old Ann was keen to experience the special occasion – so Lorraine invited her to the wedding. And Lorraine, aged 54, helps Ann stay stylishly dressed too, the pair enjoy regular girlie shopping days. Lorraine said: “I love to give and I love making a difference to people’s lives.  My aim is to bring peace and harmony into their homes – along with a smile.”
  • Age isn’t a barrier to CAREGiving with Home Instead, David Horton is a 73-year-old CAREGiver at our Telford office. His career journey into care has been captured on BBC Radio Shropshire, tune in at 2 minutes 22. David, who retired from the print business, describes his new role with Home Instead as a vocation. Despite being a septuagenarian himself, he is passionate about working with older people, who he says can sometimes be classed as ‘a forgotten people’. 
  • Home Instead has firmly demonstrated its commitment to putting the joy and fun back into ageing, it set up a brand new charity The Bring Joy Foundation in the summer of last year. The charity has a clear vision too, to fund the little things that make a big difference to the lives of older people across the country. The charity’s first donation funded a VIP day trip to the seaside for 96 older people, inspired by the wish of retired warehouseman Harry Horrocks to #bringjoy to 96 members of his community centre.



Trevor Brocklebank, Chief Executive Home Instead