Home Care Worker
Words from Care Workers who are Proud to Care
Kat is new to homecare having previously worked in a care home.
"Having worked for 2 years in a care home, I was hungry for new challenges. When I saw on Facebook an advert about a Proud to Care recruitment fair in Southbourne Library for home care jobs, I did not hesitate to go for it.
I started off on part time basis but after a few weeks I decided to do home care full time. I am enjoying my job very much. I am now looking forward to doing NVQ3. It will help me provide the best level of care and support for my clients.
I feel proud knowing that I'm part of a team that is enabling people to live in their own homes. Being a home carer is sometimes difficult. Every 'thank you', every smile from our clients make this job special. It is why I'm encouraging friends to join me."
Chelsea, 22 has been working as a homecarer for a year and 4 months.
She said: “I have two children, so it is a job that was really convenient for me for family life. I absolutely love it. It’s about making people’s lives that little bit better and helping them in any way we can.
“Everyone has different needs and there a lot of different age groups. The younger ones have usually got some sort of disability. The older generation need support because they can’t do the things they used to.
Some people may just need us to give them their medication. Other people may need help in to their pyjamas, assistance in to bed. It depends on the individual. Usually I cover the area of Kinson. I have my set clients that I visit regularly.
“When you visit someone who perhaps doesn’t have any family, they’re sat in their house on their own all day. You arrive and they smile, you make their day. You help them in that way and it’s not just doing the care for them, you’re comforting them, you’re socialising. That’s one of the most rewarding things, making people’s lives that little bit easier.
“Caring is a hard job, it’s not easy, you’ve got to be quite a strong person. As long as you care about people I would recommend it to anybody thinking about going in to care.”
Tracey, 53 has worked in care for the last 13 years. She thought about part-time care work when her daughter started school.
She said: “To be a carer you need to have common sense and a caring nature. You need to like meeting different people doing shopping, cleaning and personal care.
“Having a carer visit is peace of mind for a lot of families. Knowing someone’s going to be popping in and knowing that their mum or dad is ok for the day.
“For some people you just go in to do a medication check. Most of my clients, I go in, get them up, showered, assistance to dress. I make sure they’ve got their lifeline buttons on and do their breakfasts. Mostly my clients are elderly but some are younger especially if they’ve been involved in an accident. It’ a refreshing change when you do visit someone a bit younger.
“I love when you go in and someone’s waiting for you and they can’t get themselves up. I help them to get them dressed and have their breakfast and they’re all prepared for the day. If someone’s having a bad day and needs your help, it’s so nice you can go in and help. They might be really distressed and upset. I can help them and reassure them that they are ok. If it was my mum that’s how I would want my mum treated.”