Dr Rebecca Gray, Director/Owner
My name is Rebecca. I am the Director of Home Instead Yeovil, Sherborne and Bridport. I am a qualified GP (working in the South Somerset area) and believe that this puts me an excellent position to lead a company that delivers bespoke client centred care. I live in a hamlet near Martock, with my three young sons, two labradors, a fluffy cat and baby horse.
The Yeovil office was established by my late husband Ashley Gray; he was passionate about delivering top quality care to people in their own homes, supporting seniors to maintain their independence if they wished to do so. Fundamental to the business are the principles of empathy, respect, value in service and continuous learning. Ashley was a great believer in the power of relationships to enrich and transform lives. He derived energy from being around other people; and recognised the huge benefit that human interaction can have on an individual’s sense of wellbeing. I very much hope to build on the foundations that Ashley created and embed Home Instead as the most trusted home-care company in the locality.
I have a wonderful office team around me to support my vision to grow the business without compromising on quality. We have lots of exciting plans and ideas for the months ahead, our goal is to be able to provide the best care to more people. I feel very privileged to be joining a business that has fabulous CAREGivers who are absolutely dedicated to our clients, and are all prepared to go the extra mile. Our expansion is dependent on recruiting more top-class CAREGivers, and it is very much my mission to spread the word about Home Instead and what we have the potential to achieve.
Although I am not from Somerset originally, I love living here; it feels like home. In my spare time (what’s that?!), I enjoy running and meeting friends. Having three very active boys, we spend a lot of time outdoors, making the most of the beautiful countryside.
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.
Caroline Woodhead, Recruitment Manager & Community Engagement.
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 have 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 in 2018 I excitedly stepped into the role of Recruitment 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.
For me the next natural step was to take our passion for what we do into the wider community supporting not just our clients but seniors across the whole of our Franchise area.
One of our aims at Home Instead is to change the face of ageing through education, by adding Community Engagement to my role it has enabled me to do that by working with local businesses and community groups offering our Free Dementia workshops. Working in partnership with other local services like the police and fire and rescue services means we can also use their specialist knowledge to further support our clients. I have some exciting new schemes up my sleeves like our, open to all friendship cafes to help combat loneliness.
It really is an exciting time to work for Home Instead and I feel so lucky to be part of this lovely team.
Not only are Home Instead committed to their clients, but their staff too, with support I am working towards a level 5 in Health & Social Care Management and have a special interest in Dementia Care and Mental Health.
Most of my free time is spent with my family and friends. I’m outdoorsy, a lover of coastlines and countrysides. 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!
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.