Former postman delivers a first-class care service

Retired postman, Kevin O’Connell, from Rushall in the West Midlands is used to delivering a first-class service.

The 61 year old was a postman in Great Barr for 14 years until he retired and decided to opt for a change of career.

The chatty West Midlander wanted to put something back into his community, so now spends his days looking after the very young and the old.

Mr O’Connell is a school crossing attendant twice a day at a primary school in Aldridge and a caregiver for Sutton Coldfield’s Home Instead Senior Care which provides care services for clients in their own homes, the rest of the time.

At school, Mr O’Connell’s youngest customer is a four-year-old while at Home Instead it’s a client who recently celebrated their 90th birthday.

“It’s a very interesting combination and I meet some lovely people,” said Kevin, who has also worked as a polyester wadding salesman during his working life.

“The Home Instead work is very rewarding. I like to leave clients thinking that they want me to come back again. I love talking to them and carrying out my duties.”

Their service is tailored to the needs of individual clients and ranges from companionship, meal preparation, light housekeeping, post-discharge care, medication reminders, shopping and errands to personal care. The service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Home Instead employs caregivers providing care for adults in their own homes across the area and is always seeking compassionate, dependable individuals to join their growing team of caregivers. If you would like to join their team, contact the Sutton Coldfield office on 0121 323 4200 or go to their website,

A group of Home Instead CAREGivers talking
Family welcoming a Home Instead care manager into their home