Irene finds purpose in support worker role - Juniper

Irene finds purpose in support worker role

For 70-year-old Irene Holstein, joining Juniper’s Home and Community Care team as a domestic support worker at a time when many of her contemporaries were considering retirement instead, has changed her life in more ways than one.

Commencing the role in October last year, Northam-based Irene had been looking for work to help pay for renovations she wanted to do around the family home.

An active 70-year-old, Irene admitted she wasn’t sure if she would secure paid work due to her age but was pleasantly surprised when Juniper offered her the job.

“I saw the job advertised on Seek and thought I’d apply,” she said.

“I know a few of the girls who work at Juniper because they support mum with home care.”

Irene has a longstanding connection to Juniper, with her late father Keith and her 93-year-old mother, Iris, receiving Home Care support for the past 12 years.

Juniper Domestic Support Worker Irene with mum, Iris, who is Juniper’s longest-standing Home Care client.

“I know how much the girls at Juniper have helped Mum, so it’s nice to know that I’m now giving back as well,” Irene said.

Now working four to five days a week, Irene supports clients who live locally in Northam.

“I support people by taking them to appointments and shopping and carrying out cleaning in their homes,” she said.

It’s stories like Irene’s that highlight the important role and contribution seniors have in the Western Australian community, which is being celebrated this month as part of WA Seniors Week from November 6 to 13.

While working for Juniper has been a fulfilling role, for Irene it’s more than just a job.

“I really like feeling like I’m helping someone and making a difference,” she said.

“I know how much my Mum loves being at home, and Juniper has really helped her do that, so for me, I love being able to do that for someone else.

“I just like the fact I can brighten up someone’s day.”

Irene’s initial plan was to work in the role for a year, but she has enjoyed the job so much that she plans to keep working for another year.

“I’ve really enjoyed this job, it gives me a sense of purpose,” she said.

Interested in joining Juniper’s passionate and dedicated Home and Community Care team? Find out more here.