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Could you change a life as a CAREGiver?

Could you change a life as a CAREGiver?

Published at 5:22pm 25th February 2019. (Updated at 8:17am 26th February 2019)

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Home Instead Senior Care of Harrogate, Ripon and Thirsk held their first ever 'Taster Day' as they look to add more CAREGivers to their team.

The local branch of the company, who care for the elderly in their own homes across the UK, welcomed those looking to become CAREGivers to tell them more about the service they provide.

The day involved an interview with Anne Watson, a senior CAREGiver, about what a day in the life of a CAREGiver is like and the typical challenges that await successful candidates.

The Taster Day also included a number of activities including sensitivity and empathy tests to determine whether the aspiring CAREGivers share in the core values of Home Instead.

Home Instead Taster Day 2019
The potential CAREgivers at Home Instead's Taster Day were given a number of presentations and 'getting to know you' activities as they found out more about the company

A day in the life of a CAREgiver

After a series of presentations and videos about the company, the potential CAREGivers were treated to a Q&A with a senior CAREGiver and with Sheena Van Parys, one of the directors at Home Instead.

Anne Watson, who has been with the company for four years, talked through her typical day on the job:

"I usually start at 7am... and it's helping clients get up, getting washed and dressed, giving them their medication and making breakfast.

"One of the ladies I visit is just to chat with her over a cup of tea, and she just talks and talks. She's lovely.

"I think you've got to have the caring attitude to be in a job like this, you've got to want to care for somebody. You can get quite attached to your clients and if anything happens to them then it can be quite emotional."

Ben Groom at Home Instead taster day 2019
Stray FM's Ben Groom took part in the sensitivity test at Home Instead's Taster Day, designed to emulate the struggles elderly people face in day to day life

You can find out more about Home Instead vacancies online, by visiting the Home Instead Facebook page or by calling 01423 774 490 and asking for Lucy or Sheena.

Ben Groom from Stray FM's Health & Wellbeing show attended the Taster Day to find out more:

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