Being a CAREGiver
How did you get to be a CAREgiver?
Around 7 years ago, following a long absence from work with a head injury, I eventually recovered sufficiently to return to the work environment. I’d never worked in the care sector before but saw a local job ad which gave me a great deal of ‘food for thought’. I was looking for an entirely new career, a new challenge and above all a job which would be rewarding. My naturally caring nature also drew me to this job which I felt would allow me to make a real contribution to other people’s lives and, in turn, my own.
How has becoming a CAREgiver changed your life?
The initial training I received, particularly having had no previous experience in this type of role, was fabulous and I can safely say that this job has been all I was looking for and more.
From a practical point of view, I was allowed to start, by my own choice, by working just a limited number of hours each week to ‘get back into the work environment’. However, as my confidence and enjoyment in the role grew, I increased my working hours.
This flexibility had been invaluable in allowing me to work hours which enable me to care for my wonderful daughter Harriet and to spend time with my Dad, whilst also working round my husband’s own hours.
However, it is the variety of work and the knowledge that I’m making a huge difference to people’s lives which gives me the greatest satisfaction. In fact I’m in the rare position to honestly be able to say that ‘I love my job’.
What difference do you think you’ve made to your clients lives?
During my time at Home Instead, I have had the pleasure of meeting and supporting a host of different people with hugely differing needs. The diversity of their needs has ranged from me offering simple companionship, where we sit and chat and put the world to rights, to people with moderate to severe dementia who need help with daily activities such as eating meals, household chores and personal care.
However, whatever their needs, I always drive away from the call knowing that I’ve made a massively positive impact to their day.
All carers turn up on timeMrs Jones - Melbourne