28 Jul Day in the Life of a Care Worker, Bukola
We spoke to Healthcare Assistant, Bekola about her role as a care worker.
Can you introduce yourself? Tell us a little about yourself.
My name is Bukola, I’m from Nigeria and I work as a Care Assistant with YourCare.
What does a Healthcare Assistant do?
A healthcare assistant helps another person with things they might not be able to do, such as personal care.
How did you come to be Healthcare Assistant?
When I first began working as a healthcare assistant, I was quite open to any kind of work, to be honest. But, six months later, here I am still working in care, I really enjoy it.
What advice would you give someone interested in a career in care?
If you are interested in a career in care, I would recommend researching what the role and duties involve to decide whether it is something you would want to do. I imagine care work would be difficult if you are not passionate about working with people but if you enjoy the company of others you might really enjoy it.
Why do you think care is important?
For me, I think the need for care work will never be redundant; as long as humans are still living, care work will be important. Care for the elderly is just as important as childcare, it all just supports life.
How have you developed in the role?
I think I’ve become more persevering. For example, sometimes, when you try to engage with residents they might not respond to you at first but you just need to keep trying and eventually, you’ll find a way to get through to them.
What key skills are essential in your position?
Empathy – if you’re empathetic you won’t just do the job because it’s a job. You’ll look deeper into situations and understand what a resident is feeling. You should care for residents as though they are your own parents.
What makes a great care worker?
I think that is what makes a great carer: going the extra mile through empathy.
What are the main challenges in care work?
The main challenge in care work is that sometimes no matter what you do there are things you can’t change; you can’t control someone’s mood, only try your best to influence their day positively.
Can you describe a typical day at work?
First, in the morning it’s important to respond to what has happened before your shift so I check the notes or speak to the night care worker. Then, I go to see the resident and have a chat with them. I will carry out personal care for them depending on their mood, it might be better to approach this later. I get breakfast for the resident and then we do whatever it is they want to do whether that be watching tv or going for a walk.
What are you most proud of in your career?
The fact that I am helping people live a more happy life.