Being a CAREGiver
We asked our lovely CAREGiver, Hazel, about what being a Home Instead CAREGiver is like:
Hazel, How did you get to be a CAREGiver?
Becoming a CAREGiver started whilst I was working as a nanny, caring for young children. My hours had begun to decline and around this time I noticed the advert for Home Instead Senior Care. I already knew I was a caring person from my work and had also helped the Grandfather of the children, who was visually impared and found that I had a really affinity with the elderly. I decided to take the chance and applied to become a CAREGiver.
How has becoming a CAREGiver changed your life?
Being a CAREGiver changed my life gradually. When I first started, I was only working 12 hours alongside my nanny position but soon developed a strong client base and now only work for Home Instead. I have a real connection and a strong bond of trust with every client I see and consider them all friends.
As well as building a relationship with the clients themselves, I have also found myself becoming a figure of trust and support with their families. It is so rewarding working with a client and their family as their trust for you becomes stronger and you look forward to seeing them each time, knowing that you are making a real difference to their life and making their loved ones lives easier too.
Working with many different clients has enabled me to learn a variety of care skills including personal care and dementia care, which are invaluable in the care industry.
I have been a part of Home Instead for over four years now, and I love it. From the welcoming office staff, the friendly CAREGivers I work with and of course my clients, it's wonderful. Home Instead have been so supportive throughout my career and I wouldn't change it for the world.
The greatest advantage of this agency is their flexibility. One can book or cancel appointments at the last minute without unpleasantness. Anything that is requested is always done readily. I have had washing, ironing, hoovering, dusting done, cleaning out kitchen cupboards including a disgracefully untidy airing cupboard. Shopping has been executed efficiently with and without me, bed linen changes and shower supervision. Appointment to doctors surgery and hospital and clinics are punctual. Good articulate carers who converse intelligently.Jill J