THE BEST care and support to help elderly loved ones remain independent and happy in their own homes is offered by top providers Home Instead Senior Care from their Uppermill office.
Here, Emma Needham, Recruitment Coordinator at Home Instead Senior Care, shares her experiences of being a caregiver.
Why did you become a CAREGiver?
I had my son and found the working hours were flexible to fit in with my family life. I began working with clients in the evenings and weekends. After becoming a mum I found I needed to do something worthwhile to take me away from the day-to-day routine of motherhood and family life just for a few hours.
What do you enjoy about being a CAREGiver?
I supported my clients every evening and alternate weekends. I began to build relationships with them and they became pleased to see me arrive each day to spend an hour with them.
My clients became my friends and I looked forward to visiting them each day. I found myself thinking of things they might like to do while I was there.
I enjoyed the appreciation from family because they knew I was taking care of their relative which gave them piece of mind.
What’s your ‘stand out’ memory of being a CAREgiver?
There are so many but one was taking a client with dementia to a weekly Aqua class. The client couldn’t remember the previous week, so it was a new and enjoyable experience for her every time. I’ll always remember that look of joy on her face!
What advice would you give to anyone considering a career in care?
If you have caring bones and want to help and make a difference then become a Home Instead CAREGiver. Don’t worry about specific knowledge, experience or training… this can be taught. Being able to CARE is part of who you are; just go for it!
Is there anything else you would like to add about being a CAREGiver with Home Instead?
Building up my own client base made me feel more valued as a person. I was assigned clients I could work well with; it’s not just a ‘round’ that needs covering.
Find out more about Home Instead Senior Care on their website www.homeinstead.co.uk/oldham or call them on 01457 874566. Visit them on Uppermill High Street near Spar.