Saltwater Cottage 

West Wittering Beach huts. © Copyright David M Moore
West Wittering Beach huts. © Copyright David M Moore

A relationship built in less than a week

Pyjamas, a strip wash and a wheelchair with a squeak

How lucky was I to spend some time

With a rather special client of mine


He was on holiday, with his family

In a sweet little cottage right by the sea

Up the road from where I was over the Easter break

So it made sense to help him get up, once awake.


He's got Parkinson's disease and takes life quite slow

Medication helps him to find his button, marked go

With his devoted and wonderful wife who's so strong

Jean, keeps him going with poems and song


Songs from my childhood, it was really such fun

To be transported back to when I was young

Christopher Robin and Winnie-the-Pooh

With us all in loud voices, whilst sitting on the loo


Spike Milligan and The Goons and other great faves

It was really impossible to give him a shave

Eric reminds me of my Dad who died ten years ago

But he'd still remember 'Ying tong idle-I po'


I learnt a lot in my few days of being a CAREGiver

About doing things in Eric's time, where we would dither

And chat and laugh and talk about the things we had seen

Like how Black Adder was funny, especially the Queen


Such a wonderful family, they were all there

Lending a hand or moving a chair

With unfamiliar surroundings, we had to improvise

Bricks under legs meant the bed got a rise


It was humbling to be just for a short spell

Such an intrinsic part of keeping Eric fit and well

Helping him to live a normal life

With all of it's stresses and strains for him and his wife


My chance to be hands on has reminded me

Why I set up Home Instead, my amazing company

To provide care that is special, personal and true

Thank you Eric, my week with you made this shine through.

by Clare Jefferies April 2014

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