"My job is absolutley 100% worthwhile"

I'm Helena Tym and I'm 58 yrs old (just!).

I heard about Home Instead via a post on Facebook & thought it might be something I could turn my hand to. I have been a CAREGiver for over year.

A typical day - greeting my clients, helping them wash or shower & dress.  I then make that vital ‘first cuppa’ & prepare breakfast, followed by a bit of help around the house, supervise with medication.  All this is done whilst chatting to my clients.  I sometimes do their weekly shop & take them to appointments or to social outings.

I love the whole care aspect of my job.  I love my clients, with whom I’ve built wonderful relationships, I enjoy knowing that they have had company for at least 1 hour of each day.  I love hearing the stories they tell.

Enabling my clients to remain in their own homes safely & with confidence makes my job absolutely 100% worthwhile.

I was looking for something I could do, within the care environment that was flexible but still giving me a stable work life.

I was given in-house training on first aid, dementia, moving & handling, administering medication, laws & safeguarding.

I would highly recommend this job - I personally love it - it is fulfilling, rewarding, great fun & hopefully meaningful to my clients.

In the past, workwise, I have been a secretary, a childminder, a care-worker in adults with learning & physical difficulties. I ran the South Bucks Headway Day Centre as Manager, I am a mother which is more than a full-time job!  I have loved all of my jobs & moving through the range of ages & abilities has been both a pleasure & an education.  It has helped me enormously with my own family & day to day life.

The only skills you need are patience, the ability to care, truly care and to be flexible.

There are many memorable moments but being hugged & thanked for the job I do by a 95 year old lady who I’ve simply taken to the doctor is more than enough reward for me.

A fun fact about myself - I love drawing & design my own cards.  I’m also a secret disco dancer when no one is watching!

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