Prince Charles has launched a new report which reveals that over a million people aged over 50 are out of work. The research by the Prince’s Initiative for Mature Enterprise (PRIME) says that as many as 1.5 million people aged over 50 have left work involuntarily for a variety of reasons over the last eight years. PRIME says that 1.1 million of these people still want to work.
Home Instead Senior Care, an at home care company in Norwich, reports that nearly 50% of their CAREGivers are over 50, and Elaine Manning, a home instead CAREGiver, is proud to be one of Prince Charles’ missing millions. As a CAREGiver, Elaine visits her elderly clients regularly and helps them with their shopping, cooking, and other daily routines, assisting them to remain living independently in their own homes. She also provides them with the companionship that elderly people so often need.
Elaine, 52, a former clerical assistant who had worked for 35 years with the HMRC, was forced to take redundancy when the office in Norwich where she’d been working closed its doors. Understandably, after such a long time in the same field of work she didn’t know what to do. It was only when a friend suggested that she would make a good carer that she decided to look into it. Elaine met Home Instead at a local jobs fair in the Forum in Norwich where after meeting the team she realised the care sector was the right fit for her.
Elaine says, “I just didn’t know what to do after all those years, but I do have a genuine desire to look after people. Since joining Home Instead and with the training I received, I have never looked back. I enjoy meeting my clients and I have great job satisfaction. It’s wonderful to be helping others and to feel appreciated for the work I do.”
Chris Carter, owner of Home Instead in Norwich also commented. He said, “We have long believed that the over 50s offer a largely untapped and highly effective care resource so I was interested to read about the huge numbers that are out of work.
“We match our CAREGivers to clients and many of our clients often like to be cared for by someone closer to their own age plus they have the life skills to understand the issues faced by those in need of care. It’s why we already employ many people who are over 50. Elaine has become a fantastic advocate for Home Instead, encouraging others who may be apprehensive to “give it a go”’.
“Much of the work in the sector is part-time so is ideal for anyone looking to do a few hours to a couple of days’ work each week.”
For more information on working with Home Instead Senior Care, contact the office on 01603 482116 or at https://www.homeinstead.co.uk/norwich.