SUPER CARER SALLY! - After 26 years of service, she’s still going strong
Sally Cole, 70, has worked as a carer at Asheborough House Care Centre in Saltash and has no intention of retiring, because she just loves her job too much PICTURE: PAUL WILLIAMS
14th July 2021
By Suzanne Cleave
A 70-year-old care worker says she has no intention of retiring because she loves her job so much!
Sally Cole has worked at Asheborough House Care Centre in Saltash for 26 years. Although she was born in Plymouth, Sally moved to Saltash in July 1972 when she got married to Tony.
The team at Asheborough House provide specialist care associated with dementia and currently has around 25 residents.
Sally, who describes herself as a ‘people person’ said: “I like helping people in need because I think once upon a time, they had a life like you and I. Dementia and Alzheimer’s gets you and you just get worse with it over the years. “
“It’s a very rewarding job. I get great job satisfaction in doing it. They always say to me ‘when are you coming back again?’ and ‘oh, it’s you, lovely to see you. I don’t know what I would do without you.’ The patients that you deal with, they do recognise you. “
“I give each individual time, as their needs are all specific to each of them.” Sally worked throughout all of the lockdowns and currently works two night shifts a week, mainly so she is able to travel up to Bristol to help her daughter and grandsons.
She is the oldest and longest serving member of staff at Asheborough House, with some of the other staff giving her a nickname.
“Some of them call me nanny. I said, you can call me nanny if you want to!” Despite being four years past the usual retirement age for women, Sally has no plans to give up her job just yet.
She said: “Why stop if you have something you look forward to in life. I always look forward to going to work. I wouldn’t do any other thing. I know my job and I know exactly what I’ve got to do. I’m a people’s person really. I get on with most people. “
“I like to keep active. I think it’s stimulation for your mind. I left school in 1966 and my parents always told me you’ve got to concentrate on your job now. If you want things in life, you’ve got to work for it.”
Sally’s husband, Tony said he has tried to persuade his wife to retire on a number of occasions but added: “She does enjoy her work. “
“Many a time I’ve said isn’t it time you packed up? They think the world of her down there and it’s not an easy job. I feel very proud to be her husband. She is over 70 years of age and is still working as a carer looking after very ill residents, answering their every need and helping to make life as comfortable as possible and it's not only her but the rest of the carers who do not get the credit they deserve, serving the community and looking after these people with dignity and passion."