Couples Working in Care - Tracy and Richard
Tracy and Richard met in 1988, 33 years ago, whilst both working at the police station. After building a family together and Richard retiring from the police, Tracy saw a Home Instead advert to become a CAREGiver and decided to go along for an interview. Initially, it was just Tracy working as a CAREGiver – until Alison ‘jumped’ on Richard as he dropped Tracy off one morning! Richard thought why not, and gave it a go.
Now, 5 and a half years later, Tracy and Richard describe their jobs at Home Instead as working well; working together enables them to ‘sound each other out’. They are able to talk about their day and have a mutual understanding of each other that reflects through their hard work.
Along the way, Tracy has been able to recruit her friends, as well as making new friends in both clients and fellow CAREGivers. One client in particular, Tracy remembered, always makes the effort to ask about her family – Richard in particular. An added bonus to the job; when Tracy was ill and Richard covered her calls, he and this client were finally able to meet each other!
For Richard, Home Instead has given him a sense of purpose; ‘feeling useful’, as he said. He particularly enjoys the challenges that the job throws at him, and when he is able to overcome them, he feels satisfaction, citing a sense of ‘glow’.