Sean Phillips (pictured with his wife Charlotte), who lives in Ashford, didn’t know where to turn when his parents needed care, particularly as his mum’s dementia progressed. With no knowledge of the care sector, he found it difficult to find the best support.
He eventually came across Home Instead, whose approach to home care resonated with him, as the care is relationship-led and delivered by caregivers who are matched to clients based on shared interests.
Sean’s struggle to find care led him to open his own Home Instead office in Canterbury, which provides home care to people across the area, including Faversham, Canterbury, Whitstable and Herne Bay.
Having been his own boss for 25 years in the music industry, Sean was keen to press ahead with a new business endeavour and combine this with his wife’s skills and knowledge as an NHS Community Nurse manager.
Home Instead Canterbury is now looking to recruit 30+ caring individuals to join the team.
Sean said: “I loved my career in the music industry, managing up and coming artists and tours for acts like Paloma Faith, Annie Mac and Metronomy.
“However, it’s a lot of travelling and I wanted to undergo a business venture that kept my family and I in one place, served my local community and assisted a cause I care strongly about. That led to setting up Home Instead Canterbury.
“I can say from personal experience that buying care can be stressful, but I want to change that. We work closely with families to help them have a smooth transition into the care sector and let them get to know the individual who will be delivering care to them or their loved one.
“It’s important for us to match caregivers to clients based on shared interests, helping nurture an authentic relationship between the two.
“Speaking personally, it gave me so much reassurance to know that my parents were being looked after by people who genuinely cared for them.”