Supporting older people to remain independent

Carers Week (5-11 June) sees organisations come together to highlight the vital role that carers play in our communities. As an employer, Mears is committed to doing all it can to support people with caring responsibilities and promote care as a valued career choice.

Mears network of branches has been providing housing with care support services for close to three decades and this week, we also want to shine a light on the important work that our colleagues do every day.

Supporting older people to remain as independent as possible, is one of the many reasons Amie Warrington is proud to be a Care Worker.

Amie is based at Bircham House in Sawston, Cambridgeshire, working as part of the Mears Extra Care team providing flexible care and support to people aged over 55 with a range of care needs. Amie has worked in care for more than six years, following an initial career in Retail Management, and was inspired by her mum to apply.

She said:

I’d got bored and really wanted to try something different. My mum has always worked in Care, so she suggested I give it a try and here I am!

Part of Amie’s role is to work with the residents in their own homes, following bespoke, person-centred support plans that meet their individual needs and wishes. This could be something as simple as a Wellbeing Check – popping in for a chat – which reduces feelings of isolation and loneliness – as well as providing personal and domestic care.

You find that you build a rapport with the residents so that you can immediately sense if they’re feeling unwell or if something isn’t right. I enjoy chatting to family members when they visit too – it’s a lovely, sociable atmosphere to work in and I’ve met so many nice people.

Amie added:

We regularly receive training and support both online as well as while on shift. I’ve also discovered talents I didn’t know I had: I’m pretty good at the quizzes in the communal lounge now!

Could someone you or someone you know be a great fit for a career in care? To find out more and search for roles, visit