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From South Africa to Warwickshire: Beverley’s experiences as a live-in carer

After joining Helping Hands in 2013 as a live-in carer, Beverley has proven herself to be a great help to the families she supports. She’s worked with customers living with dementia, cancer and Parkinson’s to name a few. Originally from South Africa, she shares her story with us.

Beverley grew up in the Orange Free State region of South Africa, and has a previous background in retail. As someone who loves to meet new people, she left South Africa in 2006 and started her career with Helping Hands in 2013 having cared for her own loved ones in the past.

This is the journey Beverley took to follow her dreams.

Joining Helping Hands as a carer

Beverley first heard about Helping Hands through a friend. With family members already living in the UK, she applied to come to one of our training weeks at our head office in Warwickshire.

After passing her interview with flying colours, she then learnt the key skills involved with being a carer during her week with us, impressing our training team with her enthusiasm and eagerness to learn.

“I decided to be a carer because I enjoy looking after people, meeting new people and being able to do what I can to helps others,” Beverley explains. “I am driven and motivated by knowing that I can wake up each day knowing that I will be helping someone in need.

“The recruitment process was very quick and Helping Hands did everything to help whenever I needed some assistance,” she adds. “Having finished my training, I now feel very proud to be part of the Helping Hands team.”

My experiences as a live-in carer

Described as a “very caring person who always wants to check on everyone else”, Beverley has gone on to provide care for a number of Helping Hands’ customers.

She has helped individuals living with conditions including dementia, cancer and Parkinson’s, and has proven herself to be a great support. Not only that, Beverley has also established close relationships with her customers and takes great pleasure in spending time with them.

“I have worked with many customers who have dementia and I have had so many wonderful experiences with them,” she says. “One gentleman I was working with was a Japanese prisoner of war and it was fascinating to hear all about his experiences.

“I have also looked after a lady who had fallen and who was paralyzed on one side as a result. We developed a wonderful friendship and still keep in contact to this day!”

Like all carers at Helping Hands, Beverley also has the full support of a live-in care manager. She has a strong working relationship with her manager. They communicate on a regular basis and she feels confident in approaching her should she need any help or advice.

Having been with Helping Hands for a few years, Beverley has a lot of fond memories of the people she’s supported. And she’s has had high praise from the people she has cared for and still demonstrates the same passion she has always had.

How to become a live-in carer

Do you have a compassionate heart and a desire to help others? If so, we would love to hear from you. Apply to be a live-in carer or email our recruitment team for more details.


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