As a child I was fortunate enough to grow up with my grandparents having an active role in my childhood. I have fond memories of my grandmother collecting me from school, and many a summers day with my grandfather helping him with the gardening and in his workshop. Having reached their 90th milestones I can see how it is now my role to give back to them all the love, care and support they gave to me all those years ago.
I admire our elderly community for their bravery and commitment, and strongly believe it is my duty to support them in their time of need; for we wouldn’t be where we are today without them. I, like many others, didn’t leave school with my career path set out in the care industry, but looking back I can’t believe I had never considered it. I feel very lucky to be able to combine a career with my passion for spending time with people and improving their quality of life.
This is echoed in the ethos of Guardian Angel Carers, which is why I wouldn’t have chosen any other company. Our unique, personal and exemplary service is exactly what our loved ones deserve. And together with friends, family and other health care professionals, it is our goal to support those in need of a helping hand to live independently as home.
In 1996 I started my career as a support worker in the North East of England, then following my husband’s career in the Armed Forces I moved to Hampshire in 2000. I have worked in Residential Services, assisted living facilities and managed a Day service.
As far back as I remember I always knew that I wanted to make a difference to someone’s life. I think this came from watching my Mam getting ready for work, she was a nurse and I felt such pride as she put on her white uniform, red belt and crisp white nurse’s cap. No matter who came into her life, she “cared”.
Although I didn’t become a nurse, I inherited and adopted her values. Be patient, caring, respectful and, most of all treat people how you would like to be treated. Every day I strive to make a difference, each positive difference, no matter how small I make to someone’s life, is after all, a difference.