05 Aug Day in the Life of a Care Worker, Jude
We spoke to Healthcare Assistant, Jude about his role as a care worker.
Can you introduce yourself? Tell us a little about yourself.
My name is Jude and I’m from Nigeria. I’m studying at the University of Huddersfield and I work as a care worker. I like to reach out to people and support them, so it’s the perfect job for me right now.
What does a Healthcare Assistant do?
A healthcare assistant takes care of people and supports them with their physical and emotional health, with communication and companionship. It’s important to make people feel that they belong to our society.
How did you come to be Healthcare Assistant?
As a Christian and a natural people person, I am always looking to reach out to people. It’s part of me and something I used to do voluntarily. This work is a platform for my life’s expression.
What advice would you give someone interested in a career in care?
I think it’s important to review what you want out of work. Do you have a passion for caring for people? Would you be able to spend time with people without getting something out of it for yourself? If not, you will experience problems with care work but if you do, you may be successful.
Why do you think care is important?
All people, young and old, need companionship. God did not create us in isolation and whether or not someone is sick, people need company.
How have you developed in the role?
I have learned so much. It’s not enough to just want to help people, you need training to do this job. The main thing I’ve learned is that different people require different things; there’s no one size fits all approach to care.
What key skills are essential in your position?
As I said, there is specific training required to prepare you for the role. An essential skill is to be able to calm someone down and bring them to their serene place as residents can sometimes become distressed and it’s important to make them feel comfortable with the care you provide.
What makes a great carer?
A great carer is someone who can adapt to the environment and integrate within a person’s life. Giving someone care on their terms is important to great care.
Can you describe a typical day at work?
Of course, it can vary so much because different people require different care. Usually, though, I start the day by checking the resident’s profile to understand what has happened before I arrive. For example, if the resident didn’t sleep well, she may need to sleep more during the day. Then I start the day with personal care for the resident I care for, followed by breakfast. Next, we do things she likes like going out, she enjoys walking around, talking to me, singing and biscuits. At lunch, I assist the lady I care for with eating; I’ve come to understand that she can eat for two hours if you give her time and she will eat all of the meal; different people have different attitudes towards food. I record her movement and food so we can build up a picture of her health long-term. I was told that the resident I care for was aggressive before I came but she laughs and smiles with me.
What are you most proud of in your career?
I’m proud that I give life meaning through companionship.