Over 50s enjoying “fulfilling” and “well paid” work in care

Michael Owden

At Home From Home Care, we welcome colleagues who bring dedication and empathy to their job roles on a daily basis – regardless of their age or background.

We are proud of our diverse team, with everyone from school leavers to late career changers providing the individuals we support with a unique blend of experiences and skills.

Starting a job in care may not be seen as a typical career move for people who have spent their lives working in different industries, but three of our over 50s colleagues are encouraging their generation to do just that. 

“The team is absolutely fantastic to work with”

Paul has had a diverse career which has equipped him with a transferable skill-set. After previously working for a drug and alcohol recovery service, running clinics in the community and promoting intervention and providing support, Paul applied for a job with us. He’s now a positive behaviour support partner at Home From Home Care. Paul said:

“I have worked in a number of different industries including painting and decorating, plumbing and mental health work. I now feel I can utilise all the skills gained in other sectors and really enjoy making a difference here. The job is well paid, the wellbeing support is amazing and it fits with my lifestyle so I can spend quality time with my family.

“The team is absolutely fantastic to work with. I really enjoy being hands-on and at the forefront of delivery – looking into complex behaviours, introducing new diversion techniques and mentoring others.

“I would absolutely recommend other people in my generation to give it a go! I changed careers quite late in life but I’ve found that my life skills and experience have a huge benefit in my role.”

“Every day is rewarding”

Sue has had a number of different jobs in social care including working in mental health in a secure unit and has also studied a postgraduate course in social work.

In her final year of her course, she worked for a competitor of Home From Home Care to gain experience in the learning disability sector. It was during this year that she heard such great things about Home From Home Care so she left the competitor to join us and hasn’t looked back – she’s now an assistant manager! Sue said:

“I used to work for another social care provider before a friend recommended that I join Home From Home Care. There is so much to offer working here, whatever stage of life you are. I love the fact that it is family orientated and very person centred.

“Every day is rewarding, because every day is different. Each individual has very unique qualities and it’s wonderful to support them to lead a fulfilled life. It’s a great job to be in and it’s never too late to change careers.”

“The role is so fulfilling”

Michael is now a personal support worker at Home From Home Care, but previously enjoyed a varied career including working as an area manager at Hamleys in London, where he was responsible for 12-15 shops. He also spent time managing pubs before moving to Lincolnshire to take a job as a golf club manager. He said:

“The golf club I worked at closed down, so I decided to try something new. I didn’t want to be out of work and I saw an advert for a job at Home From Home Care on Facebook. I decided to give it a go and apply, and I’ve worked here for five years now. I didn’t have any experience working in care but my life experience has been really beneficial. 

“My job is really flexible, and I enjoy going on lots of days out with the individuals I support. I love taking the individuals on activities including horse riding and cinema trips, and supporting them in the homes. The role is so fulfilling.

“The job satisfaction and pay are both superb, and I take advantage of being able to boost my pay by picking up extra shifts and gaining my loyalty bonus for no unauthorised absences. I would definitely recommend Home From Home Care to others.”

If you’d like to join Paul, Sue and Michael and start your journey with us here then please browse our job vacancies page or contact us if you’d like to find out more. 

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