The highly skilled and experienced live-in carers we know are hand picked to deliver the highest quality of care, specific to the needs of our clients. We also try incredibly hard to match people according to shared interests and compatible personalities. We have former district nurses, palliative care nurses, intensive care nurses, carers highly trained in dementia care, end of life care and also untrained but lovely warm people who provide companionship, cook lunch or take people on outings.
Here is a selection of some of our Heartfelt Home Care team...
Needing a change of life after 13 years of running my own picture-framing business, I plucked up the courage and left South Africa to do a training course in caring - and I’ve never looked back!
I have been caring for the last four years and have been incredibly blessed by each person who has crossed my path. I’ve made wonderful, supportive friends along the way and I’ve learned a great deal about myself, and the English lifestyle.
I love the honesty and humour of people struggling with old age and illness, and I’m honoured that I can be supportive in their struggles. I’m patient and kind, compassionate and loving. To be part of Heartfelt is also an honour, where respect and compassion is the order of the day.
I grew up in Berlin and spent about 10 years working as a live-in carer with special needs clients of all ages, and then about another 10 years in crafts - mainly gardening, woodwork and shoemaking.
I now have 18 months of experience in elderly care as a Heartfelt Carer. This has given me additional experience in dementia care as well as many other aspects of personal care. I enjoy supporting clients with their daily dietary, medical, social and indeed all individual needs there may be.
Apart from working with clients introduced by Heartfelt Home Care I also work as gardener and honey bee practitioner (bee-observatory.org), as well as enjoying living in Stroud with my family.
Whether it has been for my family or working as a volunteer, much of my life has been about caring for others, so it came as a natural progression for me to become a carer in a professional capacity, adding to my already rich and varied working experiences.
I enjoy enabling someone to live fully in their own home as well as remain engaged socially and in their community. It feels like a natural necessity for me to provide good food, companionship and assistance with everyday life, and to encourage the interests of the people I work with. If my own interests, which include gardening, nature and health, can match and support my clients, then the relationship can be very joyful for both of us.
Although I have worked with other agencies and also privately as a carer, it is with Heartfelt Home Care that I have felt the most fulfilled. Joanna and Jane make care personal in the most professional way. They make sure we are introduced to our clients with thorough relevant details and information. I feel well supported and understood as a carer, which enhances my ability to bring more of my own heart-felt qualities to this work.
To help, connect and understand people with a compassionate approach is what motivates me as a carer. I started to work with elderly people in 2012 in a retirement home in Hungary, since then I’ve provided care services for people with learning disabilities in Estonia, and children with attention problems in Finland, working as a music therapist intern. I now work as a live-in carer, and have been since January 2017 in the UK. At the same time I’m finishing my music therapy studies.
Working with people with varying cultural backgrounds, and with different physical and cognitive impairments is a truly valuable experience for me as a would-be therapist. And I always strive to find the best possible way of helping my clients, and to create a confidential and happy collaboration.
I truly enjoy liasing with Joanna and Heartfelt Home Care. They are supportive, professional, and I know I can openly discuss anything with them. There is a mutual trust and respect towards each other, and their effort to make both the clients and carers happy is what makes them special.
I have fairly recently come into the caring sector, having mostly worked for the local council for virtually all of my working life. I greatly enjoy being able to connect with the elderly, putting them at their ease and showing them respect and honour as older members of society. I have a warm hearted approach towards them and try to encourage and support in a gentle but boundaried way. I studied psychology and found it incredibly helpful in my person-centred approach when coping with dementia. Also, after a number of years volunteering with St. John Ambulance, I am a qualified and competent First Aider.
My interests are dancing, being a member of a local church dance fellowship, singing with a choir, and enjoying floristry - having attained qualifications to a commercial level.
I am a South African, who has been caring in the UK since 2005. I have worked through agencies, and private employers, and cared for a variety of clients - from companionship to palliative care, including all stages and types of dementia.
Giving 100% to my work, I believe that love, a good sense of humour and a ‘can do’ attitude, can help us overcome most challenges.
I have the utmost respect for my clients, their families and their homes. I always love working long shifts as this helps me to develop a deeper understanding of the clients, and creates a sense of reassurance and trust with both the clients and their families.
I have had many caring roles in my life, including being a mum and a grandmother, working with under 5's when my children were young and teaching Yoga for many years.
I have been doing Live in Care work since spring 2017 and have had some experience of looking after people with dementia, as well as some end of life care. I feel very touched and hounoured to be invited in by the families I have worked with. I bring a calm, practical presence to my work. I value dignity in care, I am kind and caring and value the simple things in life such as delicious wholesome food, kind companionship, respect and good communication.
I have spent the last 20 years supporting vulnerable people. I was initially drawn into working with people with learning disabilities through my interest in art and running art workshops with them. I have had a varied career in the Social Care sector, from Support Worker to Activity Provider, PCP (Person Centred Planning) Facilitator, Freelance Trainer to Director of a software company/ founder of a secure social network for vulnerable people. I have worked with children, young people and adults with learning disabilities, autism and mental health issues, as well as people with dementia and those in their end of life care. I most enjoy working with people directly, serving and helping them to flourish and grow.d through agencies, and private employers, and cared for a variety of clients - from companionship to palliative care, including all stages and types of dementia.