Carer Stories – Stephen Brown

Stephen joined Elder in June 2019 and has provided 55+ weeks of care via our platform. Five customers have given him 5 star testimonials.

My introduction to caring began at the start of the 21st century when I helped to care for one of my elderly parents in the family home, a bungalow in Cornwall, I was the main carer for three years (with a small input from my sister who lived nearby). In the third year I had domiciliary carers visit twice daily to help with duties I was unable to do.

When I finished the family caring, I returned to doing my usual office based work until I decided to become a full time professional carer in October 2009, I started as a mobile domiciliary carer, with lots of energy, drive, and enthusiasm. I think my time caring for my family really helped me feel comfortable with the new role.

I cannot imagine I would do any other work now which doesn’t involve care, I’m in my sixties and I hope to keep my energy, drive, and enthusiasm going for a few more years.

I worked long days – often starting around 7.30am and finishing around 10pm, for 5.5 days per week, with a few hours break in the afternoons. I visited elderly service users in their own homes up to three or four times a day. Many liked the companionship the carers provided because they lived on their own, and the carer was the only person they spoke to all day. I grew to love hearing and sharing all the stories from their life.

In May 2013 I decided to move into work as a live-in carer, and I’ve worked in all four corners of the UK – England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Most of the clients’ homes I’ve worked in are comfortable and in picturesque, peaceful locations. Very much a perk of the live-in care work. My cooking skills have improved too, as you have much more time to carry out the daily tasks in comparison to domiciliary care. 

I cannot imagine I would do any other work now which doesn’t involve care, I’m in my sixties and I hope to keep my energy, drive, and enthusiasm going for a few more years.

Our carers are people who love what they do, it often starts with their own family.

Some of the carers working with us talk through why they got into the profession, and why it works for them. For many, becoming a care professional starts with a personal experience of supporting someone they love.