Bupa UK celebrates the International Day of Older Persons
1 October is the International Day of Older Persons – which recognises and celebrates the contribution older men and women make to society, while also raising awareness of the needs and challenges faced by many older people.
Worldwide, almost 700 million people are now over the age of 60. By 2050, two billion people, over 20 percent of the world’s population, will be 60 or older.
To recognise and celebrate the many older people working at Bupa UK who make huge contributions to the business every day, we are sharing the stories of some of the men and women whose many years of work and work and life experience add a valuable mix of knowledge and skills.
Mary Bates, 70, Laundry Assistant, Tenterden House Care Home, St Albans
Mary first started working at Tenterden House in 1988. Her first role was as an NVQ Carer and after 12 years she fancied a change and took on the role of Laundry Assistant. Now, 30 years on, she is preparing to retire at the end of the month.
“I'm a part of the furniture now I've been here so long. When I turned 65 I decided I wanted to go a little longer because I love working here,” she said.
“I'm very sociable and like chatting to everyone – staff, residents, visitors and when I come here to work it's like coming from home to my second home. Tenterden House is a marvellous place and everyone who lives and works here just love it – it's got a special feel and I think that's why I've spent so long here and have stayed for as long as possible.”
Marie Walter, 73, Housekeeping Supervisor, Colonia Court Care Home, Colchester
This month Marie is celebrating 24 years at Colonia Court. She joined in October 1994 as a Housekeeper and has since progressed to Housekeeping Supervisor.
She explains why she has decided not to retire yet: "I really enjoy my job. The camaraderie with staff, residents and their families is what makes it such good fun – that's what it's all about. I like to help and as long as I can I'll be here.”
Roy Clarke, 65, Maintenance Operative, Colonia Court Care Home, Colchester
Roy has 18 years' service with Bupa. He joined in February 2000 after many years working in the building trade.
"Whilst I have my health on my side, it's good for me to be busy,” he said. “When I'm not here at Colonia Court doing DIY, I'm at home doing DIY too. I like seeing all the residents every day, I wander through the units whistling as I work and we all have a laugh together.
“I'm even coping well with all the new technology we have to use.”
Sue Hulse, 71, Chef, Ashley Park Care Home, Surrey
Awarding-winning Chef, Sue will celebrate 20 years with Bupa in November. She joined Ashley Park in 1998 after previously working as a Catering Manager for a nearby secondary and middle school.
She said: "It doesn't feel like I've been here 20 years, the time just kind of flew by. I really enjoy my job – Ashley Park is a lovely place to work, but what I love most is knowing that I'm helping others. I like getting to know our residents and their likes and dislikes and making a difference to their day.”
Speaking about the changes she’s seen in the workplace over the years, Sue said: "Going from using pounds and ounces to kilograms and grams was a huge change and I often still revert back to imperial if I can get away with it! There have also been lots of changes in health and safety and for the best."
One of Sue's highlights over the years was winning Care Chef of the Year in the 2008 Care Times Awards.
How we help our residents have the best quality of life possible
We're committed to helping the older people we care for have the best quality of life possible. Here are some stories to highlight how we do this: