Day in the Life of…
NAME: Lisa Short
JOB TITLE: Support Worker
How long have you worked in the caring profession?
I have worked in the caring profession for nearly two years.
Why did you choose to work as a carer?
I chose to work as a carer because I wanted to do something different, and I really enjoy helping people.
What does a typical day/night shift look like for you?
I work in the homes of the service users I care for. In their surroundings, with their own comforts. My typical shift is spent visiting service users’ homes providing kind, caring, professional help at whatever level is needed. Sometimes it is simply companionship and other times more personal care may be required. As it is in their home, they choose how they want to plan their day and I am there to support them.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
I enjoy the feeling of making someone’s day a lot better just by being there or getting them ready for the day ahead. The little daily tasks that some people take for granted, cannot be completed without assistance for some of our service users, and to be able to provide that help and care is a great feeling. For some I am the only person they see on a daily basis.
How do the flexible hours help with your other commitments?
Being able to work around my children being at school is fantastic and something that Care at Home are very flexible with. The role works for me around other commitments.
How do evening shifts compare to day shifts?
I would say that evening shifts are probably a little less full on but both shifts require the same level of care no matter what time of day.
Would you recommend working for Care at Home?
I would absolutely recommend working for Care at Home, not only do we care for our service users, but I actually feel cared for myself by the management team who are very accommodating and always on hand for anything I may need.