Brenda shows you’re never too old to care

Brenda Powell, left, and her client Peter
Brenda Powell, left, and her client Peter
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AFTER retiring in 2012 Brenda Powell could be forgiven for taking life a little more leisurely.

However, the 72-year-old from Hamble has found a new zest for life back in employment working as a caregiver with Home Instead Senior Care.

Brenda is part of a new generation of workers who are starting fresh careers at a time when they might traditionally be pursuing hobbies or interests.

As a caregiver, Brenda works 13 hours a week visiting her elderly clients in their home, helping them with shopping, cooking and other daily routines, enabling them to remain living independently in their homes.

She also provides them with the companionship that elderly people often lack because of isolation.

Previously Brenda worked as a community nurse and obtained a degree in occupational health at the age of 47.

When Brenda was 67 she retired, but a few years later she decided to go back to work, as she felt she had more to give.

Since being hired nearly two years ago, she has loved every minute of it.

Brenda said: ‘Being a caregiver is very rewarding. I’m really happy in my role and I couldn’t tell you the best part about my job, I love the whole package.

‘I particularly love helping my clients and being part of their life. It’s like being part of their extended family.

‘Each of my client visits are an hour or more, which helps with building relationships and I feel like I am contributing to something special.’

Brenda supports 90-year-old Peter, who lives at home in Hamble.

He said: ‘This is where I want to be as all of my memories are also here. It means everything to me to be cared for here at home.’

For more information on working with Home Instead Senior Care, contact the office on 01489 559007 or online at homeinstead.co.uk.