What’s your name and what do you do?
Hello there. My name is Barbara and I would describe myself as a helpful and very chatty person. A few years ago I needed a change in my life, a fresh start. I wanted to make a difference in people’s lives so I started working in domiciliary care, looking after elderly people.
How many service users do you look after in an average day?
In an average day I normally look after 9 to 10 service users. Sometimes I visit people once a day up to four times a day depending on their care plan .I enjoy every second of It. Some would be tempted to call me a workaholic. I might be addicted to my profession but what a sweet and constructive addiction!
What are the best parts of your job and why?
The best part of being a care assistant is the thought that every moment I help people to stay independent in their own homes, encourage them to enjoy life, and follow their hobbies. When a service user makes an amazing recovery and they do not need care anymore that’s probably the best reward in the world!
What is the biggest challenge you were faced with in your care assistant role? How did you overcome it?
When a service user passes away and I got to spend some time with them , I feel sad but I have my own way of dealing with it .I also find it hard seeing people ill but love making them feel better.
What do you do to relax after a long day’s work? Do you have hobbies?
My top three favourite activities after work are: swimming, travelling and spending quality time with my family.
Tell us a random/funny/weird thing about you that make you unique!
I am a real fighter; I never give up on people’s hope, good will and kindness. Nothing can make me step back. That is probably the thing that consecrates me and makes me be and feel unique!