Worthing caregiver Clare McKenzie, 53, has been recognised for her 35 years of service at social care charity Guild Care. As part of the celebrations, Clare was presented with a certificate and a bouquet of flowers to honour the dedication she has shown in caring for the community.
Clare, who is a Worthing resident, joined the care sector in 1987 when she was just 18. She began her career as a carer at Guild Care’s former Frasier Lodge care home, which has since been replaced by a new building, Linfield House.
Over the past three decades Clare has worked across the charity’s care homes, including Caer Gwent and Ashmount, which closed in 2012. Clare made the move to home care in 2001, where she has worked ever since.
Clare values the community bonds that working in home care brings and the family spirit that is so integral to Guild Care. She loves getting to know the people she cares for on a one-to-one basis while visiting them in their homes.
Clare said: “You build such strong relationships with the people you care for and their families. Because Guild Care values continuity for clients, it allows you and the family to form a real bond. I love making those personal connections – learning someone’s likes and dislikes and helping to build their confidence.”
Leanne Jones, Director of HR at Guild Care said: “We’re so proud of Clare – not just for her dedication to Guild Care, but to the Worthing community as a whole. She brings joy to everyone around her and really represents the values we hold dear at Guild Care.”