Our eldest CAREGiver at the age of 80, June, joined our team over four years ago after she was told she was too old to work as a carer by an agency.
Having enjoyed an active life over the years, and with medical training under her belt in her younger days, June decided that working in care was something that she’d like to explore in her golden years. Despite being in her 70’s at that point, she still felt sprightly and fir and keen to keep working.
‘I’d approached an agency and basically I was told that I was getting on a bit to work in care. I came away from that experience thinking I was just too old to do the job’, said June.
‘Then I saw an advert for jobs with Home Instead and saw that they did care for older people. I thought I’d nothing to lose to try somewhere else but at the bottom of my heart I worried that my age was going to be a barrier even thought I thought I’d be really good at being a carer’
That was four years ago, June’s life skills and experience make her the perfect fit for us, and the companionship service that we provide to older people. Now June has four regular clients, a lady in her 90s, a gentleman in her 70s, and two ladies in their 80s- the same age bang as June herself.
CAREGiver, June, said ‘I’m not 80 years-old, I’m 80 years-young. I love this job because I love going out to meet people and love-to-do things that matter to people. I do while I’m chatting about olden days or whatever they like to talk about’
June is just one of our amazing CAREGivers!
Home Instead featured in The Guardian as a best practice on supporting an older workforce.
The heart-warning message here is that you are never too old to care!
If you are interested in becoming a CAREGiver, then please call out friendly team on 0114 250 7709 for more information or visit out vacancies page.
6 Shirley House, Psalter Lane, Sheffield, S11 8YL