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  • You’re never too old to help others, say pensioners

    Malcolm Hindle

    CARERS Joyce Kelly and Peter Dooley are well past retirement age, but that hasn’t stopped them excelling at looking after the needs of other pensioners!

    At 80 and 74 respectively, Joyce and Peter are proof of the old adage ‘you are never too old...’

    The elderly pair are ‘caregivers’ at Home Instead Senior Care in Southport, and their efforts in seeing to the needs of less fortunate elderly folk, has been hailed by their bosses as ‘wonderful examples’ of older people benefitting others.

    As caregivers for the company, Joyce and Peter visit their elderly clients regularly, helping them with their shopping, cooking, and other daily routines, and assisting them to remain living independently in their own homes.

    Joyce and Peter are part of a new generation of workers who are starting new careers when they would traditionally be thinking about putting their feet up.

    Joyce from Southport has been a caregiver for three years.

    Previously, she worked in a nursing home, but it closed down and when she saw that Home Instead were looking for caregivers, she applied and was invited for an interview. 

    Since being hired three years ago, she has loved every minute of it and has never looked back!

    Peter, from Formby, has been a caregiver for 10 years and says he has worked with some amazing clients.

    His favourite story to tell is when he was supporting a retired footballer.

    He said. “I would take this gentleman out to run a few errands and people would assume I was a footballer, too, and ask me for my autograph!”

    He added: “I also used to work with a retired professor who was writing a book. I helped him to get it published by typing up the manuscripts for the book.

    “I really enjoyed helping him, not only at home with his daily routines, but also with his work - it was very special to be part of his project.”

    Irene Hough, owner of Home Instead in in Southport, Formby and Crosby commented: “We are so lucky to have Joyce and Peter as caregivers.

    “They are truly an inspiration, and everyone who meets them just loves them!  

    “They are both 100% client focused and are proof that pensioners are a highly effective care resource.

    “Many of our clients like to be cared for by someone closer to their own age.  They also have the life skills to understand the issues faced by those in need of care.”


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