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Don't stop at retirement - Bill's story
Bill retired from his role as a social care coordinator following a long and varied career but returned to his role on a flexible basis. He’s now able to spend more time on the aspects of the work he enjoys the most.
“The best part is the hands on care. Being able to support people to do the things they aren’t able to do for themselves is so rewarding. This is what I have always loved to do.
Don't stop at retirement - Bobby's story
After working as a builder since the age of 15, the only regret Bobby has of making the move into care is that he didn’t do it 20 years sooner.
Although officially retired now, Bobby provides relief cover which offers him a great deal of flexibility. Bobby enjoys the relationships he has with the people he supports, their families and colleagues and says that his role helps to keep him young.
“Now I’m retired it’s nice to be able to do my own thing, book holidays when I want to and not have to work Monday to Friday if I don’t want to. It makes a huge difference knowing I have the option – I could still work full time if I wanted to.”
& they say dementia takes the person away...
This has been an area of ongoing debate with many believing there is a need to really engage with the individual, know what is important to them and get into their reality to be able to make connections. David Sheard from Dementia Care Matters describes himself as being like Marmite; you either love him or hate him. His team worked with Channel 4 on the series Dementiaville. The ethos of his approach is to focus on emotional intelligence. The team had real impact when they worked with the person and their family to understand what was important to them including their interests or passions.
What would you would want people to know about you if you were living with dementia?
What is Reablement?
Reablement is more than just providing care. It centres on recovery and supporting people to live independent lives. To the people you support, it can make the world of difference to their quality of life.
The ability to make such a difference is so rewarding and Fred's story shows that these remarkable people really do help individuals to live and not just exist.
Oomph! at Wellburn Care
Oomph!’s story is close to Wellburn's heart, as they were the first care home to pioneer their services at their Rosevale home. Oomph! offer services to enhance the mental, physical and emotional wellbeing of older adults, through training key staff members to better understand their needs.
Men Care Too - Adrian's Story
At the age of 20, Adrian started his career working at a day centre in Surrey where he supported people of all ages with mental health problems. Adrian has been in his current role for seven years and loves the satisfaction of helping people get their independence back.
“Everybody is going to need some kind of help at some point during their life and, if we’re really lucky, it will be towards the end. Some people aren’t that lucky and I want my career to involve doing something that people genuinely appreciate. Working in care you’re not just another cog in the wheel, you are recognised for what you do.”
Men Care Too - Liam's Campaign
In his two years of working within adult social care; Liam, 26, hasn’t stopped laughing and is learning something new every single day.
“This job is different to all of my other jobs. It doesn’t feel like the daily grind and I aren’t just repeating the day before – I really am making a difference. I might be in the same place, surrounded by the same people but no day is ever the same.”
In the home where Liam works, there used to be more female residents than male. Now, it’s quite the opposite. More and more males are needing care and as people are living longer, this will only increase. Liam wants to encourage more males to consider a career in care and says that they would probably surprise themselves, just like he did.
Sheila works as a care assistant for Bluebird Care. She loves her role and the fascinating people she gets to meet, being able to support them sometimes just by doing the smallest of things gives her an enormous sense of job satisfaction.
At 6.45am, I will arrive at my first appointment of the day. 88-year-old Florence lives on her own and needs help starting her day. Although I don’t actually start my shift until 7am, I always like to get there slightly early as I know Florence will always be looking out the window, awaiting my arrival.
Age is just a number at Forever Young Music Festival!
As well as residents and families from Grimston Court, visitors from Wellburn’s other 13 care homes came along. Ranging from Berwick and Newcastle, to Driffield and Richmond, residents flocked to Grimston Court, some of whom stayed as guests over for the weekend.
Care Assistant from Surrey encourages young men to consider a career in care
Jarred, aged 20 says he has found the job that has helped him find direction in life. After leaving college at 17, he flitted between roles for two years before landing the job he loves.
“My other jobs had no meaning to them and I wasn’t helping anyone. Care is completely different. Unlike other jobs, I don’t dread going into work."
“The pay is better than the other jobs I’ve done and although there are easier jobs, the level of satisfaction I get every day makes up for the challenges you sometimes face."
“And as there’s lots of overtime and flexible working hours, which would be good for any university students balancing paid work with studying, it means I have a good social life, too."
One job - a thousand opportunities!
There has never been a better time to consider applying for an apprenticeship!
Looking to earn whilst you learn? An apprenticeship could be the ideal route for you, providing you with a real job with progression and a reliable income whilst you achieve your qualification with our full support.
With an apprenticeship, you will gain the knowledge, the skills, and crucially, the industry experience necessary for a successful career. And even if you later decide to do a totally different job, the skills you have gained will give you a huge advantage.
Carespotting vs. Trainspotting
In recognition of the release of T2 Trainspotting, the Scottish Care National Team have brilliantly embraced the hype with their own version of the famous monologue; “Choose Life”.
Alice supports people on a daily basis who have complex needs and mutiple disabilities. She loves her job and being able to improve the quality of life of those she supports. No two days are the same and she meets new people every day which really makes her role interesting.
When a local teacher asked her to share her story with a group of Health & Social Care students, she was more than happy to oblige.
In the first installment of the series Alice tells us about her role as a support worker.