Help make the world of difference to an older person’s life
Our campaign #YouCanCare highlights stories of just how amazing it is to work in care.
The rewards of a caring role are far reaching, and you can make a world of difference to the life of an older person, helping them to stay at home for longer.
No two days are ever the same when you’re a CAREGiver. From helping to start someone’s day the right way with their favourite porridge and support getting dressed, to taking them out to catch up with friends at the local coffee morning, it’s full of variety.
And experience isn’t essential, we’re looking for the right people with a kind heart and we’ll provide the award-winning training you need.
Share your caring stories
This year’s theme is ‘You Can Care Like…’ and we’re introducing our CAREGivers to you to explain themselves why they love their job! You might see them starring in the campaign this year!
For Bedford CAREGiver Julia, becoming a CAREGiver was ‘one of the best decisions of her life so far.’ In fact, the former supermarket supervisor says that being a CAREGiver doesn’t even feel like a job but ‘more like a daily visit to family or friends.’
“I love the people that I work for,” she explained. “I love waking up in the morning, excited to see my clients and excited to help them to get ready for the day, or to cook them a lovely meal and watch them while they enjoy my cooking. I enjoy listening to their stories and see the joy in their eyes while they reminisce on the ‘good old days’.”
Julia, who has been a CAREGiver for 18 months now, added: “I do feel appreciated every single day and I am surrounded by many lovely people who treat me well.”
Sue, a CAREGiver at Stourbridge, Hagley and Halesowen, has worked at Home Instead Senior Care for more than five years now. The former catering assistant says she loves being able to make her clients feel special and listening to stories of their life.
“One of my memorable moments was when two young men had to help me manoeuvre a wheelchair up a kerb with my client sitting in it. We had a good laugh about it and called them our ‘knights in shining armour’!”
Sue added: “The job is very rewarding, it can fit around family routine, is diverse, flexible and great fun. There is also excellent support and training given.”
A CAREGiver at Cleveland, Ruth says she ‘loves every moment’ of her job and that her only regret is that she didn’t do it sooner! “To support an elderly person to remain in their home, which they have worked for and love and holds so many memories for them, is invaluable and there is no job which is so rewarding and gives such great satisfaction,” she said.
Caring is very much in Ruth’s nature as she helped care for her auntie and helped her mum care for her dad. This prompted her in later years to look into becoming a CAREGiver.
Ruth, who worked as a secretary and a cleaner previously, added: “I like to be able to give the type of care to others that I would like my parents to have received and how I would like to be treated when I am elderly. It is also lovely to have the support from the Home Instead office and getting to know other CAREGivers within the company”
Glynne joined Home Instead as a CAREGiver nearly two years ago following the passing of her father, who she cared for during his final days. The Wimbledon CAREGiver, who worked previously in sales and marketing, says her favourite thing about the role is the satisfaction she gets when she has made a person’s life easier and happier.
One of her most memorable moments has been with her client, 102-year-old Jack who movingly wrote a story about what Glynne’s care means to him. She describes the ‘amazing friendship’ they share together.
And what would Glynne say to those thinking about working in care? “Go for it!” she said. “Knowing you’ve made a positive impact in someone’s life is truly rewarding.”
Become a CAREGiver at Home Instead
Our clients have amazing stories to tell and as a CAREGiver at Home Instead, you get to share those memories with them. So if you're caring, compassionate and love people, then #YouCanCare for an older person.
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