Norwich Evening News, July 2010 A Hellesdon mother has started a new career after finding her forte when she was asked to take care of her best friend’s elderly father. Angela Andrews is on call for her friend Carole’s father David Lees, 72 who has mobility problems.
Now in addition to that voluntary role, she has also become a caregiver for a Norwich-based company called Home Instead Senior Care. Ms Andrews offered to keep an eye on Mr Lees last year when Carole moved to the USA with her American husband. And far from being a burden, Ms Andrews says she loves caring for Mr Lees, and is grateful that the role has opened up a career for her:
She said: “I started going round to help Carole clean the house while she was living here, but I stopped because I had a lot on. “Then when she was leaving I asked if she had someone to help her Dad. She said she didn’t and that she worried about him, so I offered to go back, and he was pleased because he knew me. “I spend all day there on Mondays doing his housework, but I’m also on call 24/7, and go round to check he’s ok, have a chat with him and see if he wants anything. “I also care for four elderly people through my job at Home Instead Senior Care, which I love, because we get at least an hour to visit each client so I don’t have to rush in and out and it’s more personal – you get to know people.”
The 42 year-old, who is also a midday assistant at Hellesdon High School, juggles all her responsibilities with family life, and lives with two of her three children who are 11 and 15 – her daughter stayed in Malta when the family moved to England in 2004 after having lived abroad for 20 years.
Chris Carter, who runs Home Instead Senior Care, said: “Angela is a really caring and compassionate person who came into her role with us from something she was doing to help a friend out. Anyone who likes helping others and wants to make a difference should consider a job as a carer – you don’t need any prior experience as we provide an excellent training programme.”