Chil­dren bring real joy to the home

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Judy and I are vis­it­ing my brother in Canada. We have three gen­er­a­tions all liv­ing to­gether in a cot­tage. We are be­ing smoth­ered in gen­eros­ity, food and love.

It is one thing to live in a beau­ti­ful home and en­joy the ben­e­fits it brings; but the real joy is when the build­ing comes to life with the voices of its visi­tors.

We trav­elled for about two hours north of Toronto to my brother’s cot­tage on a lake.

He and Mau­reen have built a bit of heaven in the woods.

Their chil­dren and their grand­chil­dren ex­pe­ri­ence na­ture in all its glory – es­pe­cially when the leaves change the whole range of au­tum­nal colours at this time of year. One might imag­ine en­joy­ing the peace and quiet of such space with only the loons (a lo­cal wa­ter bird) to in­ter­rupt you. But no! The true joy is when the grand­chil­dren, all be­low six, dis­em­barked from the boat and im­me­di­ately be­gan to en­thu­si­as­ti­cally ex­plore the prop­erty and re­mind them­selves of their spe­cial places. Lots of noise, lots of laugh­ter.

This con­tin­ued through­out the Thanks­giv­ing week­end. And we weren’t ex­cluded from the ex­cite­ment as lit­tle hands grabbed ours and pulled us to­wards their spe­cial place.

At home it was out with the crayons, scis­sors and what­ever they could get their hands on. It wasn’t long be­fore the cot­tage had pic­tures stuck on the walls, and grand un­cles and aunts (that’s us) were draw­ing hearts, cut­ting shapes and be­ing fully in­volved. I can’t tell you how much joy it brought us.

It wasn’t long be­fore the younger fam­ily were pack­ing up and get­ting ready to leave . . . and then all of a sud­den we had waved good­bye and it was just the four of us, and it was quiet and tidy, and it was heaven.

I think we en­joyed the quiet even more be­cause of the en­ergy of the chil­dren and be­cause they had en­thu­si­as­ti­cally in­volved us in their ac­tiv­i­ties and ex­cite­ment.

The chil­dren had brought life to our home .. . and for a mo­ment helped us for­get that we might have a few aches and pains and are a lit­tle slower than we used to be. They re­minded us how much fun it was to live life to the full.

I’m sure many of you have had sim­i­lar ex­pe­ri­ences; please share them with me on 082-653-5643 or

. I look for­ward to hear­ing from you. Corinium Care will be host­ing lo­cal sem­i­nars in the next two weeks.

The aim of the sem­i­nars is to ex­plain to po­ten­tial car­ers what the role en­tails. It’s also an op­por­tu­nity to meet and thank some of the car­ers who have been with Corinium Care for many years.

The com­pany said they were fan­tas­tic am­bas­sadors for the car­ing pro­fes­sion.

The award-win­ning com­pany is one of the lead­ing care agen­cies in Bri­tain. It has 17 staff and more than 800 reg­is­tered car­ers pro­vid­ing care for peo­ple in their own homes. Its South Africa re­cruit­ment of­fice is in the East­ern Cape.

The com­pany’s two agents in SA – Lindy Ware­ing and Theresa Isaac – will be host­ing the sem­i­nars.

“The peo­ple who join us from South Africa are hard­work­ing, kind and com­pas­sion­ate. For many car­ing is a new ca­reer and a new start in life with a re­li­able source of in­come,” said Isaac.

Ware­ing started her Corinium ca­reer in the UK as a carer.

“I know how it feels to travel half­way across the world and face a whole new ex­pe­ri­ence so I can tell po­ten­tial car­ers what the job is like.”

Corinium’s car­ers from South Africa usu­ally spend three to six months in the UK. All reg­is­tered car­ers take part in Corinium Care’s free, award-win­ning, five-day train­ing pro­gramme in the UK which in­cludes per­sonal care, de­men­tia care, recog­nis­ing signs of abuse, and mov­ing and han­dling.

All who at­tend the sem­i­nars must have el­i­gi­bil­ity to work in the UK. For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Lindy Ware­ing on 046-675-1994 or e-mail

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