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SEP 12/2018

Linda Jones: “The most rewarding thing about homecare? There’s too many to mention”

Following a short period within a role she found unfulfilling, Linda discovered homecare. She wanted her clients to feel like they’d gained a friend, rather than just someone who was providing personal care and support. To truly understand Linda’s love for homecare, we asked her some questions about her role as a care worker. This is Linda’s story…

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  • When did you start your career in homecare? 

“I’ve been caring now for 20 years in October.”

  • What made you want to become a care worker?

“I started my career working in a residential home for the elderly, but it just wasn’t for me and I was only there for four months. It was because there wasn’t any one-to-one or quality time with the residents. They just wanted someone to talk to. After I left, a friend told me about homecare. I applied for a role with a local employer at first and then joined Medacs Healthcare, Homecare back in 2010. I’ve never looked back. I love every single day!”

  • What is the most rewarding part about being a care worker?

“It’s the little things that happen in my day-to-day job as a care worker – the things that others would take for granted. It’s the gratitude you receive when someone feels so rested following a bath or a shower. It’s how thankful they are when you’ve encouraged them to eat a little something to keep their strength up. It’s the thanks you receive for combing someone’s hair who just can’t do it by themselves, and the ‘god bless yous’ you hear when you help someone into bed. There’s just too many to mention!”

  • What has been the most challenging part about being a care worker?

“Definitely the hurt you feel when someone you’ve cared for, passes away. What keeps you going is the knowledge that you did your best to make them feel so comfortable whilst in your care.”

  • What do you enjoy most about working at Medacs Healthcare, Homecare?

“I’ve been with Medacs Healthcare, Homecare for almost eight years. I feel so valued and respected for the work I do and they keep me involved which I’m so grateful for.”

  • What would you say to anyone considering a career in homecare?

“Follow your heart. You will never find a more rewarding and fulfilling job with so much love, gratitude and respect.”

 

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