18 Jul A Day in the Life of a Care Worker – Abraham
We spoke to Healthcare Assistant, Abraham about his role as a care worker at YourCare.
Can you introduce yourself? Tell us a little about yourself.
My name is Abraham, I’m married with wonderful children. I’m from Nigeria and I’m studying Business Management at Bradford University
What does a Healthcare Assistant do?
A healthcare assistant carries out many duties to support the elderly and vulnerable.
How did you come to be Healthcare Assistant?
I’ve always had a desire to help people. In Nigeria, I used to be a Health and Safety officer and this was a useful experience for working in care.
What advice would you give someone interested in a career in care?
Don’t put money first, do it for the passion you have to help people or you will be irritated. You need a passion for people, tolerance and to be respectful.
Why do you think care is important?
Day by day people get old and may not be capable to do things on their own. They need someone to help them.
How have you developed in the role?
I’ve developed a lot in this role; particularly my communication skills and appreciation of the importance of working to keep a person’s dignity and privacy.
What key skills are essential in your position?
Patience is important to be able to bring calm to a situation. Adaptability is also essential: the best way to care for one person is different to the best way to care for another. Always let them know they are still useful though.
What makes care work a great career?
If you allow somebody to do things that they couldn’t do before, you are a great carer.
What are the main challenges in care work?
The biggest challenge is when you try to give a resident care and they refuse. I explain the reasons why it is important for them to receive care and give them time before returning a few moments later.
Can you describe a typical day at work?
First, I go through the communication left by the carer on the previous shift and try to get to know the resident and how capable they are. Then I begin to administer personal care.