A NEWLY-APPOINTED registered care manager is bringing a wealth of experience to a Tyne Valley-based home care company.

Amy Nicholson has joined Home Instead Senior Care Tyne Valley and is thrilled to get to work improving the lives of elderly persons in and around her hometown.

Home Instead, which has a base in Hexham, specialises in providing person-centred care for older people in their own homes.

The company had only just opened its doors before the first national shutdown, but quickly completed its Care Quality Commission (CQC) vetting process.

Despite having nearly 10 years of experience in the care sector, “never in a million years” did Amy think she’d be in this career.

However, while studying sports and exercise science at university, Amy looked after her late grandmother and worked as a part-time carer.

“I fell in love with what I was doing,” she said. “I had a really close relationship with my nana.

“I never ever thought in a million years I’d be in this career, but what really hit home was my gran. The story of my gran is exactly how this company started – they were looking for that care that just didn’t exist.

“I would love to make a difference to other people’s lives, who maybe don’t have a me in their life, to look after them and support them.”

Having progressed up the career ladder and gained the necessary qualifications, Amy is now looking forward to making her mark in the county.

She added: “I’m really excited to be working and trying to make a difference in Northumberland.

“I’m also really excited to make a success of this business, to see where we go and what difference we can make in the community, and to grow with the company.

“Not only now can I follow my own aspirations of making a difference in the lives of everybody in Northumberland, but being in a position to make that happen.

“It’s definitely the best thing I’ve ever done.”