Ray celebrates a decade of dedication to care role
A local care professional is celebrating his 10 year anniversary working at home care company, Home Instead Norwich, calling for others of retirement age to follow in his footsteps and undergo a fulfilling career in the care sector.
Ray, now aged 78, joined Home Instead Norwich in 2013, having spent years working as a joiner, fitting kitchens and bathrooms in a range of businesses, including care homes. This was where he began learning the effects of old age and dementia.
When Ray retired, it didn’t take him long to realise that he wasn’t done with working yet. As someone who hadn’t worked in care previously, he wasn’t sure if he was right for the role. After some comprehensive training and some guidance from a supportive team, Ray began looking after clients in their own homes, and hasn’t looked back since.
Ray says: “I have had a happy 10 years, working at Home Instead and have gained many fond memories which I cherish. I wish I had taken up a career in care sooner! This is the first job I’ve had where I am happy to wake up and jump out of bed to take care of my clients. My advice would be if you’re thinking about working in care, do it!
“I know the feeling: you have retired but you still feel you have something to give to the community. If you’re in this position, then working in care could be your outlet to making a difference.”
In his role at Home Instead Norwich, Ray provides support to older people in the community, assisting with their daily living activities, typically comprising of companionship, meal preparation, light housekeeping, personal care, medication reminders, shopping, and errands for older people.