Higham pensioner still caring for others

Neville Stowell
Neville Stowell

A caregiver in Higham Ferrers has a new career in his 70s after deciding he wanted to carry on working part-time.

Neville Stowell, 75, works as a Home Instead Caregiver after worrying about how he would fill the gap in his life after retiring as an aircraft engineer.

He spent several years working part-time as a mechanic at a garage and in a scrapyard before deciding he wanted a less physically demanding job. He thought he might have the right skills to be a caregiver and talked to Home Instead Senior Care about the possibility of working for them. For more than a year now he has been providing companionship care to his clients, who are 87 and 88 years old.

As a caregiver, Mr Stowell visits his elderly clients regularly and helps them with their daily routines, enabling them to remain living independently in their own homes. He also provides them with the companionship that elderly people so often need.

He said: “It’s a great job, something I can do even after retiring. It gets me out of the house and out from under my wife’s feet for a few hours each week.

“My hours are flexible and, as an older person, I am able to empathise and share common ground with my clients.”

Home Instead Senior Care, an at-home care company based in Higham Ferrers, said more than 56 per cent of its caregivers are over 50.

A report by Prince Charles’ Prince’s Initiative for Mature Enterprise (Prime) said that as many as 1.5 million people aged over 50 have left work involuntarily for a variety of reasons over the past eight years, and that 1.1 million of these people still want to work.

The owner of Home Instead in East Northamptonshire, Mark Darnell, said: “We have long believed that the over-50s offer a largely untapped and highly effective care resource so I was interested to read about the huge numbers who are out of work.

“We match our caregivers to clients and many of our clients often like to be cared for by someone closer to their own age, plus they have the life skills to understand the issues faced by those in need of care. It’s why we already employ many people who are over 50.

“Neville is a fantastic advocate for Home Instead, encouraging others who may be apprehensive to ‘give it a go’.

“Much of the work in the sector is part-time so is ideal for anyone looking to do a few hours to a few days’ work each week.

“We are always looking for caring and compassionate people to join our team.”

For more information on working with Home Instead Senior Care, contact the office on 01933 358708 or at www.homeinstead.co.uk/eastnorthants.