Age is no barrier to a career in care

Home Instead Senior Care is a national homecare provider delivering relationship-based homecare and companionship to thousands of older people in the UK. It is helping them to live happily and healthily in the comfort and familiarity of their own homes through its bespoke model, where visits last a minimum of one hour. Home Instead Senior Care believes quality, relationship-based homecare cannot be delivered in less time.

As a caring company, it advocates for homecare to be delivered by people who feel valued, respected and part of a bigger mission. At Home Instead this is the crucial role of the CAREGiver, who is matched to their client based on personal interests, backgrounds and hobbies, as the foundation stone of relationship-based homecare and companionship.

Given this ethos, Home Instead Senior Care looks for people with care and compassion running through their bones when it recruits new CAREGivers. And as a homecare company that specialises in care for older people, age is no barrier to joining its ranks.

A person doesn’t need to have a background or qualifications in care to join Home Instead’s care teams. The desire to make a difference and to be part of Home Instead’s mission ‘to change the face of ageing’ is what counts.

New CAREGivers undergo induction training and can then explore externally accredited qualifications such as Health and Social Care Diplomas and apprenticeships as well as the bespoke City and Guilds qualification Home Instead created in dementia care.

Home Instead Senior Care is always looking for new CAREGivers who want to make a difference to the lives of older people, no matter what their own age in life.

 

Helen Mcentire

Helen McEntire, 60 – “The best working experience I've ever had”

“I’m nearly 61 and have been working for Home Instead Senior Care since October 2010. I’m also a mother-of-three and a grandmother-of-five.

Working in care is a fantastic thing to do. It's hard to explain the satisfaction and pleasure there is in getting to know someone who is alone or frail and become their trusted helper and companion.

As I’ve become older, working for Home Instead has given me a renewed sense of self. For the first time I can see that my life experiences are of real value to others.

The fact that I am older has so many advantages in this job. I remember the way things were back in the 50s and 60s, I can make soup from scratch, turn a hem, darn a sock, knit and so on. I never thought these things would be of much use to me, but they really help me to bond with the lovely people I support. 

I had brilliant training when I started, and there's on-going continuous refresher courses, which brings everything up to date. I've also had training in Alzheimer's and other dementias that is City and Guilds accredited, and I’m currently booked on courses for supporting people with Visual Impairment and Parkinson’s disease.

I feel I’ve found my 'true calling' but best of all I’ve found the right organisation to facilitate putting it into practice. I can honestly say that working for Home Instead has been the best working experience I've ever had.”

 

Keith Alldritt - Home Instead

Keith Alldritt, 59 – “The most rewarding experience of my career to date

“I’m a retired police sergeant and I loved my time in the constabulary. But working for Home Instead Senior Care is the most rewarding experience of my career to date.

They say people should always trust a policeman, I know that from my years on the force. But being able to trust someone to provide you with care, well that’s everything when it comes to our older and most vulnerable members of society.

I joined Home Instead 18 months ago and I feel I’ve found a new vocation, one that allows me to put skills from my previous career to good use.

Most recently, I’ve been using my investigation and interview skills to put together Life Journals for the people I look after, helping them to reconnect with the present by remembering the past. Being able to help fragile and isolated older people rediscover their passions and interests is immensely satisfying.

The great thing about this new career is that the rewarding work goes hand-in-hand with excellent training and support. I’ve got several new qualifications, including a BTEC Level 2 in Care and Diplomas including Health and Social Care as well as Home Instead’s Alzheimer’s City and Guilds qualification.

In 2015 I became a grandfather, which was an amazing experience. In the same year, I was also utterly honored to receive Home Instead’s CAREGiver of the Year Award for my work. This recognition is humbling, but I honestly believe that the true reward in this career is seeing how much I can make a difference to the lives of older people.”