Since leaving school at 16 I have nearly always worked in some sort of “medical” profession – Secretarial/Hospital/Nursing Home/Community. Most of these have touched in some way on the “caring” of others, e.g. the elderly, children, mentally ill or the general public.
When I “retired”, I decided I didn’t want to vegetate at home. I wanted the freedom to choose my days and hours, and not to be stuck in the same place, doing the same things 9am-5pm. Home Instead was just starting up in the Macclesfield area, and I was one of the first Carers. Over the years I have had many clients, or as I like to think of them - friends, and even in some cases become like one of the family. It is very gratifying knowing that I am entrusted with their care. Obviously “care” comes in many forms, don’t imagine that it only entails washing and dressing! Shopping (sometimes with the client), preparing food, giving medication, financial responsibility, housework, form filling, empathy and thinking ahead are just a few of the daily routines. This is why I love my job with Home Instead.
Reading, quizzes, dominoes, sunny holidays.
Although you may sometimes work alone, you are also part of a TEAM. A team of carers (others who attend the same client), and a team in the office, who are always available 24 hours a day for any problems or worries you may have, or to give advice on the opportunities for advancement with the many courses and training that are available. I also think it is particularly gratifying that more young people are joining Home Instead, and that they are interested in the wellbeing of their elders. Long may it continue.....