“I love making a difference in someone’s life”


For some, the thought of starting a new career later in life might seem scary, but for Karen Scheffer the decision was life changing in the best possible way.

After working in sales and marketing for nearly 30 years, Karen was no longer finding the work fulfilling. She wanted a career that was emotionally rewarding and would give her the opportunity to travel beyond her home in South Africa. Inspired by a number of her friends who are carers, two of whom work in the UK, she decided to pursue a career in live-in care.

“My friends had been encouraging me to become a carer for quite a while since I wasn't getting satisfaction anymore after chasing sales for so many years,” Karen said.

“I am also always nurturing everyone. They felt that my compassionate personality would be much better put to use as a carer.”

Karen’s friends recommended that she contact Consultus to kick-start her new career. At the end of 2018 she phoned one of our carer recruiters in South Africa, Lynda Gasper, who took her through the application process.

The next step was to successfully complete our Four Day Carer Induction Training Course, which is mandatory for all new carers. The course, which equips new carers with the skills and knowledge required to meet the wide-ranging needs of our clients, includes sessions on communication, dementia, manual handing, personal care, food hygiene and more. Karen said the course helped ready her for what was to come and that both the recruitment and training “exceeded all expectations.”

Whilst undertaking our carer induction course, Karen stayed at one of our carer houses, which have been designed to be a ‘home away from home’.

“I spent 10 days at Carer House 2. During this time, I had the opportunity to talk with more experienced carers and hear their stories. The interaction with other carers really helped to prepare me for my first placement,” Karen said.

Karen also raved about our newest Carer House.

“Carer House 3 has absolutely lifted the bar completely.  It is spacious and exquisitely decorated. It felt like a home from home as the colour combinations are similar to my own house. The fact that I had a room all to myself was one of the best surprises ever.”

Now a qualified carer, Karen is reaping the rewards that a career in live-in care brings.

“I love the fact that I’m making a difference in someone's life. I have a really rewarding career now,” Karen said.

“I’m also getting to see more of the UK - being a live-in carer has made that wish come true.”

Karen’s goal is to continue to look after her clients as best she can and provide the kind of care “I would give my own mother.”

Are you looking for a career in which you can really make a difference to a persons life? Click here to find out more about becoming a carer.

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