Home Instead, Sutton is owned by local man Tony Ward. His wife Myrna is a fellow Director and a Home Instead CAREGiver. They have a 19 year old son, William, who is currently enjoying a gap year working and travelling in the far east and europe.. Tony has 3 older sons Simon, Matthew and Alistair as well as 4 grandchildren.
Tony was born in Carshalton and was educated at Wallington County Grammar School and remained in the Sutton area until the offer of a job in Hong Kong lured him away in 1994 for 3 years. A one year contractl in Japan followed and then a 9 year spell working for insurance giant AON in Botswana, Southern Africa.
Tony's mother Amy joined the family in Botswana during 2003 at the age of 83 and stayed with them until they all came back to Sutton in 2007. Unfortunately after 6 months in England, Amy was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma and 3 months later in February 2008 sadly passed away.
It was during her short illness that Tony and Myrna first became aware of some of the limitations within Social Care in this country when she received some less than satisfactory care and attention while at home before being admitted to hospital for the final time.
When, after 25 years in the Life, Investment and Pensions industry, Tony wanted to start his own business, the opportunity to redress and improve the situation within the elderly care sector led him to the welcoming doors of Home Instead.
Once having met Trevor Brocklebank, his team, as well as some other Home Instead office owners, it was a very easy decision to join them to help improve care services at home for people in Sutton and the surrounding areas.
Tony, Myrna, and the whole team have really embraced the Home Instead ethos of providing quality, personalised care to all their lovely clients, a fact recently acknowledged by care regulator The Care Quality Commission in their latest inspection. Please follow the link opposite to read the full report.
In addition to running an expanding business Tony has started a "Sporting Memory" Cafe aimed at people and their families who are living with the difficult effects of short term memory loss. It is held at locally at Sutton United FC and with their support is beginning to prove very popular. Please see various notices in the news section for the next event.
Having lived locally for most of his life Tony is very keen to give back to the community and has been regularly involved with helping to set up the Sutton Dementia Action Alliance and it's continuing activities. He has also recently stood down after a spell as a volunteer Director of Healthwatch Sutton.
The Sutton Surrey Home Instead Office is part of a global network of more than 975 locally owned and operated offices.