A typical day in the life of a care worker is very diverse, with no two care packages ever the same. The reason? Each service user is assessed by the Homecare team and a tailor-made care package is created to perfectly fit the person’s care needs. This ensures that a person-centred service that promotes dignity and independence is always delivered.
To highlight the differences between care requirements, and to show how a care worker must adapt to each service user, Francesca, a valued member of the Medacs Healthcare Homecare team, talks through a day in the life of a carer.
A day in the life of a care worker - Francesca's story
“I have a number of regular service users, some of whom I see every day. From a personal perspective, I love that I can visit the same people. It means that I can get to know them on a personal level and truly understand their likes and dislikes. As for the service user, having a consistent care worker helps to develop a level of trust. They feel comfortable in your presence and at ease knowing that we understand what they need.”
A change of scenery
“I see one particular gentleman every morning. He requires support with his personal care and medication, but on a Wednesday I take him out for two hours and he chooses where he wants to go on that day. Sometimes he just wants a change of scenery and a chat in a local café. Other days he likes to visit his sister. It fills me with so much satisfaction, knowing that I’ve fulfilled his wishes to get out of the house. It helps him keep in touch with his dear family too.
"Whenever he wants to buy something, I’ll connect with his financial support who will organise everything on his behalf. If ever he needs to arrange an appointment, I’ll be there to take him. If he ever just wants to get out of the house, I’ll support him. I help him to keep his independence and I'm on hand to point him in the right direction if he requires guidance.”
Support during a break
“In the afternoon, I’ll visit a lady who I see twice a week. She requires my support in order to give her husband a break from being a full-time carer.
"During the five-hour visit, I’ll make sure that all of the laundry is done. I’ll also clean around the house to ease the burden and prepare her favourite meal. Then, once my duties are done, we'll have a chat about anything and everything, play cards or do some colouring. It’s great to know that when I leave, I’ve not only helped the service user to feel more comfortable in her own home, but I’ve supported her husband in his own independence.”
Find out more
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