Martina Murphy is a caregiver with Home Instead.

Caregiving can be so rewarding

It’s never too late to make a change, try something new or start over.

In March 2020, Martina Murphy found herself out of work in the hospitality sector due to the pandemic.

She didn’t enjoy being idle and felt she could contribute to the frontline in the health crisis. Having had personal experience in caring for a loved one, she joined Home Instead.

Starting a new role as a caregiver during the pandemic was daunting, but Martina credits the training, PPE supplies and support from Home Instead, and clients’ families, as the motivation that got her through the first few weeks. She thoroughly enjoys her new career and believes life experience benefits anyone considering a move to health and homecare.

“You get people naturally good at the job, but having looked after a grandparent, a parent or even children really helps,” she said, adding that patience and compassion are vital skills required to be a good carer. Martina’s clients have different needs; some just enjoy a chat before getting ready for the day, while others need help with exercise/daily activities or assistance with their personal care.

She loves being able to help people and to “give them as much dignity and independence as possible”.

“One year ago, I was a cook and a barmaid and now I’m a caregiver. I look forward to pursuing my career, and I couldn’t have achieved that without the support from Home Instead.”

If you would like to take up a role as carer with Home Instead North Cork, contact or telephone 021-4570637.