Ex-warden Beverly swaps traffic job to help elderly

Beverly Merritt, of Edenthorpe, has launched a wardens service for the elderly.  Picture: Liz Mockler D1098LM
Beverly Merritt, of Edenthorpe, has launched a wardens service for the elderly. Picture: Liz Mockler D1098LM

HOUSE-BOUND elderly residents who are set to lose their ‘lifeline’ of a warden who helps with daily tasks, could now be in luck.

For Beverly Merritt has launched her own business which caters for pensioners - particularly house-bound residents - whether it is getting their food shopping, keeping them company or even walking their dogs.

The caring 43-year-old’s new business venture comes at a time when it was announced visiting wardens for old people would be scrapped as part of Doncaster Council budget cuts in a bid to save around £1.5 million a year.

A rapid response system with pendant and intercom alarms is due to replace the traditional service with a charge of £3 a week introduced.

However, Beverly, who worked as a traffic warden in the borough for seven years, saw a gap in the market to launch her Helping Hands Warden Services enterprise and has enjoyed the first four weeks of being her own boss.

“It is a shame that these cuts will be made because a lot of people are living for longer and require more help and attention, whether it’s just somebody to talk to or who can help with their day-to-day tasks,” said Beverly, of Meadow Croft in Edenthorpe.

“I think pensioners in particular want some help as and when they need it and designed around them, rather than the care service provider.

“I’m happy to provide that and talk with them about exactly what support they want, be it housework, meals, shopping or even some companionship or days out.

“Not everyone wants the same and I’m hoping the personal touch will prove attractive to people and their families, who may want the assurance that the specific needs of their loved ones are being catered for and that their lives are being made a little easier.”

Beverly came up with the business idea after completing a course to set-up her enterprise and she also received help from Success Doncaster.

She now has a handful of clients across the borough who see Beverly as the lifeline they need - particularly in the run-up to winter.

“It gets harder for older people later in the year and many can’t even get out of their homes because of the cold so that’s where I can come in,” she added.

“I’m really enjoying it so far, it’s nice to be a familiar face for my customers where they can feel safe and know I will be able to help them out.”

For more details, call Beverly on 07502 144 359.