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Research Contribution - Personal Social Services Research Unit

university of Manchester research postAt Agincare we have worked for over 30 years providing top quality care in local communities and ensuring that quality care is available to all. As part of this dedication, we work with over 30 Local Authorities and CCGs across England and Wales and have recently worked with the Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU) at the University of Manchester, contributing towards their national study investigating how home care is commissioned.

Balance, being together while being an individual

‘You didn’t come this far, to come this far’ * 

As the story continues we have to pause at some critical points as they warrant special attention in the complex relationship between Live-in-Carer and the client. More specifically, to continue in line with my self-disclosing theme of these blogs it’s about my carer and me. This blog is primarily placed in the series of blogs to create new ideas for the carers.

An insight into our role as a Live-in care worker

CARE. We have heard this word a thousand different times, in a thousand different occasions and applied to another thousand different procedures or activities. But what is it really? Or better said -or written- what is it to us?

Space, ways of working and actualisation

‘If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll probably end up somewhere else!’

At the back end of the summer of 2016, the logistics, whether done right or wrong, were a part of the past. I had slightly overcome some of my fears, be it through prayer, talking with others but more importantly, (on my own level),  a self-acknowledgement that only I had got myself into this condition. 

My condition, fears and aspirations

Every day is like Sunday, silent and grey. 

In May 2016, this is where my life had got to. I could not distinguish between days of the week, where I needed to be, promises I’d made and whether the sun was shining or not.

I had just returned from two unsuccessful liver transplant assessments at Kings Hospital, London. I was a high risk for a transplant to save me from the obvious. I was now too declining psychologically, emotionally and in thought.

Why live-in care and why Agincare?

“We make a living by what we get, but we make life by what we give” (Sir Winston Churchill)

We are all probably familiar that in the UK the care sector is divided into 3 big categories: care and nursing homes, home care and live-in care. There are the informal caregivers to be noted as well, as part of the system. 

Hello Holiday !

After twelve weeks of work I am ready to enjoy a short holiday.

Everybody needs some rest after a long period of time being connected with the job.  As a live in carer, you have to give 24/7 of your time and attention to your client, while you are in placement. Even during your breaks, when you are in your room, or during the night when everybody sleeps you are still in contact with your job and your client’s needs.

All this time, you are away from your family and friends and the holiday is that time when you need to catch up with them.

Food Can Make Us All Happy.

They say that you have to “Eat to live don’t live to eat”.

It is a beautiful statement but we human beings have raised food preparation and eating to an artistic level.  The variety of dishes on our planet is impressive.  All of us wake up in the morning with a question in mind - “What should I eat today” …. And if you smile when you read this, that means you are agreeing with me.  This is happening because our taste buds are transmitting pleasure impulses to our brain and pleasure brings comfort and happiness.

My disability is not who I am

“My advice to other disabled people would be: 
concentrate on things your disability doesn't prevent you doing well
and don't regret the things it interferes with. 
Don't be disabled in spirit as well as physically.”
Stephen Hawking

Another leaf in the Live-in Care Assistant’s diary. This time, a “woof-woof” topic.

“A dog will teach you unconditional love. If you can have that in your life, things won’t be too bad.” - Robert Wagner.

I am not exactly sure how many people are aware that our professional life is not as isolated as it might sound like. Not at all, as we cover a wide spectrum of tasks specific to other jobs like: nurse, OT, psychologist, first aider, domestic, gardener, driver, maintenance. However, there is one particular “service” we are not able to provide: the unconditional love and care an assistant dog will do.

There are charities in the UK, “transforming the lives of people living with disabilities by training amazing assistance dogs”.

Careers in Care Start Your Future Now

"If you like it you'll love it - you just have to give it a go!"

Sarah from Brighton

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