We all know that research suggests that keeping mentally active has significant benefits for an individual’s health and wellbeing but employers benefit too. They often gain experienced, skilled and reliable people for their businesses, who can generally work on a flexible basis.
Home Instead Senior Care realise the value of hiring retirees and older people and age is certainly not a barrier to a career in care with the organisation. Although an article in the Financial Times November 2017 focusses on two CAREGivers – June, aged 61 and Keith, there are other CAREGivers that deserve a mention.
At 70, Judi Waymouth suddenly found herself with two spare days a week having had her hours reduced at a local antiques dealer. Rather than taking it easy she set about finding something to fill the time and soon landed the perfect role – as a caregiver for Home Instead Senior Care in Exeter and South Devon. Judi, now 73 and a grandmother of four, said: “If you’d told me even a few weeks before I started that I would be working as a caregiver, I would have told you to stop being so ridiculous. Now I can’t imagine a time when I would want to give it up – I asked to do additional days because I think it’s the most rewarding way I can spend my time. My family think I’m a little bit mad wanting to carry on working on such a packed schedule at my age, but I just love my job, it’s as simple as that.”
Sheffield octogenarian, June, joined the Home Instead Senior Care Sheffield office four years ago after she was told she was too old to work as a carer by an agency. CAREGiver June, who has 16 great grandchildren, says: “I’m not 80-years-old, I’m 80-years young. I love this job because I love going out to meet people and love to do things that matter to people. I do that while I’m chatting about olden days or whatever they like to talk about. You’re never too old to learn they say and I’ve had the best training I’ve ever had in this job. Everything was well explained and made me feel confident and comfortable in my work. And I’ve no plans of stopping any time soon.”
Age is certainly no barrier for having an appetite for working and living life to the full. If you have a big heart, are reliable and dependable and want to make a difference, call Brian at Home Instead Frodsham, Runcorn and Widnes on 01928 733020.