Companions are the best of friends
Anyone who comes across Alf Foster (73) and Brian (69) chatting and playing snooker at their local club, would be forgiven for assuming they were life-long pals reminiscing about old times and generally enjoying life and retirement.
The reality is a different story. Brian is a retired research chemist who has Alzheimer’s and Alf, four years his elder, a CAREGiver providing a companionship service.
Alf visits Brian twice a week, to provide the grandfather-of-three with some time away from home in an environment he finds relaxing. At the same time Brian’s wife knows he is getting out and about and socialising but is safe and in good hands.
Alf lives round the corner from Brian, is married and a grandfather-of-two. His journey to become a Home Instead CAREGiver care sector is unconventional. He spent his early years in the Merchant Navy as a chef and worked in telecommunications for 15 years. But it’s beyond retirement age that he discovered a career in the care sector, joining home care provider Home Instead Senior Care, as a septuagenarian himself!
He liked the idea of helping to provide Home Instead’s companionship service to older people and at 73 felt that providing good company, was a way that he would like to spend his golden years too.
At Home Instead we match CAREGivers, and the people they care for, based on common interests. This suited Brian’s wife Gill perfectly, she had requested someone of a similar age and with similar interests as her husband.
Alf and Brian’s shared love of snooker made a perfect match for the companionship service. The pair spend much of their time together at the local British Legion Club, where they play two or three games of snooker each visit.
Gill says: “I am convinced that if they had known each other earlier in life they would have been the best of friends. Brian often refers to Alf as his lifeline.”
Talking about his job Alf says “I thoroughly enjoy being a companion to Brian. I can’t think of a more rewarding job. I think it is great for both of us to be able to relax, enjoy a game of snooker and talk about the past.”Apply now to be a CAREGiver