Our Care Professional, Lauren, tell us why it’s a fantastic role for her!
You can do something meaningful and build new relationships whilst being there for the important family stuff. Our Care Professional, Lauren, shares how the role works for her…
I saw on social media there was a call for people to apply and I liked the look of the advert. I realised that I had lots of skills from previous work experience which I could use in the Care Professional role.
I have previously volunteered for charities, been on a placement with my counselling course and I have worked in a prison with the family support service. So being a Care Professional seemed like a great role for me! I really enjoy helping other people.
The role is really flexible and you can pick and choose the hours/days you would like to work. This is all part of the recruitment process. At the beginning of September when I joined, my daughter was starting school so I needed something that could fit around school hours. This role has really hit the mark and fits in perfectly with having a family. I’m always around for pick-ups and drop offs which is great.
Yes – I’ve opted to work 4 days a week and this also gives me one extra day to do any chores that need doing round the home. I have plenty of free time to spend with my daughter and so we can do family things. It’s really nice having that free time and being able to choose my hours.
I don’t usually have days full of visits. I often have breaks in between clients and I enjoy being able to spend an hour in a coffee shop reading a book… or anything else I’d like to do!
Yes, definitely. For me, it’s a really nice way to ease back into working full time and building up my hours again. I was working in the music industry before and I’ve been re-training with my counselling course. This job has really complimented the work-life balance and it’s very flexible.
So far every day has been so different and I’ve been really enjoying getting to know all of my clients.
Prior to joining Home Instead as a Care Professional, I used to think that I wouldn’t be able to do things like personal care but my view on this has completely changed. I feel as though I am used to it already and it doesn’t bother me at all… you get to know your clients well and you just want to help them!
I think it’s probably when you walk into a client visit and the client sees it’s you. Sometimes they just light up and are excited that you’ve come to visit! It makes you realise that the work you do really matters and makes a difference so that’s a great feeling.