Christmas is a time for family, for tradition and celebration. At CarePlanner we have a tradition of our own: the 12 Carers of Christmas is about celebrating home carers for the amazing work they do year round. While health care is about keeping people alive, social care is about keeping people living their best lives. Our 12 carers are uplifting examples of the power and purpose of home care, and show how critical and valuable a service it is for all of our communities.
Our fourth carer of Christmas is Andy Kaye. Andy only started working for Milcare 12 months ago, entering the sector in one of its most challenging times. Despite this, it was a short space of time before Andy became a bedrock of support for his service users. Andy’s experiences shaped him into the man he is, and that in turn shapes the care he provides. His understanding of military life, and military way of life, has helped everyone at milcare to improve the way they support ex-service personnel.
“It’s not like having a carer, it’s like having a friend”
Joining an unfamiliar sector at the height of a pandemic to protect the vulnerable is a daring calling. However, such is the nature of some of us, and in Andy that call to help is matched by a passion for human connection. It’s easy to see how his strength, understanding and humour have become a bedrock for so many in the chaos of the past 12 months.