A Day in the Life of a CAREGiver with Celia

Being a CAREGiver

looking after older people at home is certainly a varied role but have you ever wondered what a typical day might look like? Here, CAREGiver Celia Jenkins, who works for Home Instead Bath and West Wiltshire, guides us through a day in her life.

6:40am My husband has a lengthy commute, so we tend to wake up early. Once he’s left for work, I sometimes have time to do a bit of housework before I leave the house.

8:15am I ride a bicycle to my clients, many of whom live on the other side of a big hill! I arrive at my first care visit, where I help a lady living with dementia with tasks like having a shower and getting dressed. I also do some housework if time allows.

9:30am Back on my bike and cycling to my next client. This lady is partially sighted and has a daily visit to help with housework. We always have a nice chat together too.

10:45am Back home for a cup of tea and a well-deserved biscuit! Before lunch, I usually have time to write an article or edit a story, depending on what freelance contracts I have

12:45pm I sometimes watch a bit of TV while I eat my lunch; usually the last fifteen minutes of Bargain Hunt or Homes Under the Hammer.

1:00pm Sometimes I have an afternoon care visit (usually home help or companionship) but if not I’ll be back in my study and scribbling away.

3:00pm Part of my afternoon often features work relating to my role as Social Media Editor role for Home Instead Bath. I write content for Facebook and Twitter, research relevant links to share, make informative videos and help organise events and campaigns.

6:15pm Depending on the day, my husband is usually home around 6 and we have a home cooked meal (although when we are both really busy we give in to unhealthier temptations!).

7:00pm My husband (a teacher) often has marking and other paperwork in the evening, and I either do a bit more work myself or pick up my knitting needles, usually a combination!

10:30pm sleep... and repeat 😊

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