Jean Bennett is the DSE2 Carer of the Year. Based in the Nutgrove office, she is representing that area and for 2015, is one of the top 17 home carers. I spoke to Jean to ask her about her role as a home carer, why she enjoys it so much and what representing her office means to her.
Jean has been working for Comfort Keepers for seven years and previously worked in a nursing home. She works part-time over six days each week and also covers for emergency calls too. Most of her appointments with clients last one hour and others are for part of the day.
Jeans enjoys meeting people, listening to their stories about their lives, their history, their memories. She enjoys looking after other people, cleaning their house, helping them with personal care if they need it, having a cup of tea and a chat.
“I always wanted to be a nurse but after school, I went to work in a factory. I see my career in caring as a dream job. Being a good carer involves having an understanding for older people and having an interest in them as individuals. It’s not always the case but it often happens that these skills come with maturity and the best carers are those aged over 35.”
Jean is delighted to be recognised by her office staff like this, it’s a great achievement and although she is nervous, it is lovely to be appreciated. We wish her well with the next stage.