A CARER has celebrated 35 years of service after joining the sector at the age of just 18.
Clare McKenzie, 53, was recognized for her decades of service to charity Guild Care.
As part of the celebrations, Clare, from Worthing, was presented with a certificate and a bouquet of flowers to “honor the commitment she has shown in caring for the community”.
Clare entered the care sector in 1987, when she was 18, as a caregiver at Guild Care’s former Frasier Lodge nursing home, which has since been replaced by Linfield House.
For the past three decades, Clare has worked at the charity’s care homes, including Caer Gwent and Ashmount, which closed in 2012.
Clare switched to home care in 2001 and has been working to visit people ever since.
She says she appreciates the community bonds that working in home care brings and the family spirit that is so integral to Guild Care.
She loves to get to know the people she cares for personally by visiting them in their homes.
Clare said: “You build such strong relationships with the people you care about and their families. Because Guild Care values continuity for clients, it allows you and family to form a real bond.
“I love making those personal connections — learning someone’s likes and dislikes and helping build their confidence.”
Leanne Jones, Head of Human Resources at Guild Care, said: “We are so proud of Clare – not just for her commitment to Guild Care, but to the Worthing community as a whole.
“She brings joy to everyone around her and truly represents the values we hold dear at Guild Care.”
Guild Care is a non-profit charity serving Worthing and the surrounding area.
Founded in 1933 by a group of volunteers, today it offers a range of care and support services.
As well as its three care homes – Haviland House, Caer Gwent and Linfield House – it provides over 30 community services across the Worthing area for the elderly, people with dementia and children and adults with learning disabilities.
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