Meet the team
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Caroline Woodhead, Client Care Co-ordinator (Scheduling) and Recruitment Manager

My name is Caroline. I live in the market town of Crewkerne, with my husband, two lovely children and a daft Chocolate Labrador.

I initially joined Home Instead as a CAREGiver in October 2017. I really enjoyed getting to know our Clients, I have met some amazing and interesting people, and built some really strong relationships with them and their families. Because of this, I have seen first-hand how we are enriching our clients lives through the quality of the care and companionship we are providing.

Due to the company’s success and growth, the opportunity arose for me to further my career by moving into my new role as Recruitment and Training Manager.

Our fabulous team of dedicated CAREGivers are at the heart of what we do. So, for me to spend my days meeting and recruiting others who believe in the HISC ethos, and who are willing to go that extra mile for our Clients, is a pleasure.

Not only are Home Instead committed to their Clients, but their staff too. I look forward to supporting our CAREGivers with any qualifications or extended learning that they may wish to pursue.

I hold an NVQ Level 2 in Social Care and, with the encouragement of the team here at Home Instead, have just completed a Level 2 in Mental Health Awareness. I never want to stop learning, so hope to gain many more qualifications over time.

Most of my free time is spent with my family and friends. I’m outdoorsy, a lover of coastlines and countryside’s. Photography is my passion, so wherever we are, I always have my Canon in my hand. I also love to sing and dance (although I’m told not very well), and to laugh. I like to laugh a lot!

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Ashley Gray, Director

My name is Ashley. I am the Director of the Yeovil, Sherborne and Bridport branch of Home Instead. I live near Martock, in South Somerset, with my wife and three sons.

I set up the Home Instead office as I firmly believe that the ageing process should not equate to losing one’s identity or dignity. I feel that older people (like the rest of the population) are entitled to maintain their independence and remain in their own familiar environment, if they so wish.  

My ambition is for excellence within the care provision sector. Home Instead offers a high-quality bespoke service to clients, that is based on the principles of empathy and respect. Our CAREGivers are of course fundamental to the business. They are carefully selected for their values, passion and commitment to caring for the older population.

From a personal perspective, I am very much looking forward to building long term relationships within the local community.    

If you are interested in enquiring about our services, either for yourself, a family member or a friend, please call us on 01935 577030. We would be delighted to talk to you about how we can help.

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Debbie Gibbons, Registered Care Manager

My name is Debbie. I live in Langport, in south Somerset. I’m married, have three grown up children and grandchildren. I keep ducks and chickens, and we also have a dog and a cat. I love being outside and exploring new areas.

I have recently taken up the role of Care Manager for Home Instead Senior Care. I have been in the caring profession for over 25 years as a Registered Nurse, and have experience working within acute and community hospitals. I have worked as a Senior Ward Sister, managing wards and services, and have gained experience and sound clinical knowledge in acute medicine, research, Stroke, Dementia and complex Care.

Why did I join Home Instead? I went into Nursing to provide care for people when they needed it most. Over time, I felt that I was losing the ability to care for people in the way that I was both passionate about, and to the standard that I wanted to deliver. Home Instead its absolutely about Person Centred Care, having the time to treat people with dignity and respect, and genuinely supporting people to maintain their quality of life, and allowing them to be as independent as they can be, to continue to enjoy life.

We carefully select our CAREGivers to match our Clients personality, hobbies, and interests, and we always make sure that our Clients are introduced to our CAREGivers.

Home Instead is a very forward thinking and innovative organisation. I look forward to meeting you all, and to providing unrivalled support to our CAREGivers.

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Kathryn O'Connor, Training & Development Co-ordinator

My name is Kathryn. I live in the beautiful village of Ash near Martock, with my husband four wonderful children, a crazy cockapoo, four cats, three rabbits and two guinea pigs. I love to read, I have a very eclectic taste in music and enjoy spending as much time as I can with my family. 

I came to work for Home Instead as a CAREGiver in December 2018, having previously worked as a health care assistant in an acute care trust and nursing home. I thoroughly enjoyed working with the patients under my care, but wished to develop the relationship between myself and the individual I was caring for, to be able to deliver person-centred care effectively, to build a relationship built on trust and respect, and to empower individuals so that they feel confident in retaining their independence. Home Instead has given me the opportunity to develop this above and beyond my expectations. I look forward coming in to work every day, to see the smile on our Clients' faces as I walk through the door is truly heart-warming.

I hold a Level 5 in Health and Social Care. To enable me to deliver exceptional quality care, I am currently studying Dementia Awareness and End of Life care. I believe it is important to continue to learn as much as I can, so that I can work alongside the ever-changing policies and procedures within health and social care.

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