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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?

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”.

Stay Calm and Smell the Roses…

There are many situations in the life of a live-in carer that require you to remain calm.  The day can start normally with you providing personal care to your client.

You help him to shave, shower and dress.  Nice and clean with proper pressed clothes and at the end you splash a bit of his favourite Dolce & Gabbana aftershave on his shirt, with the intention to make him feel good and hoping that the scent of the perfume will bring him happy memories.

People with Dementia Still Need Friends.

As a live-in carer, I had the opportunity to work with a variety of clients, all of them having different needs and different personalities. Every time, I had to adapt myself to a new daily schedule, a new breakfast lunch and dinner menu and a new living environment.

Why being a live-in care worker is rewarding.

"Life is like a box of chocolate, you'll never know what you'll gonna get", Forest Gump used to say.

Oh, how right he was!  How well this quote fits the life of a live-in care worker: it can be a rollercoaster with ups and downs, which despite all challenges faced on a day always makes it to a positive end.  Personally I found that being a live-in care worker – it’s nature and as a concept, rewarding.  Human nature was "designed" to survive by surrounding ourselves with other people; by sharing: emotions, feelings, empathy and compassion. We are social beings, we crave to receive and give attention. We need it, we seek it...

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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