21 Jul Day in the Life of a Care Worker, Sunday
We spoke to Healthcare Assistant, Sunday about his role as a carer.
Can you introduce yourself? Tell us a little about yourself.
I am Sondhi, I’m from a Nigeria. I am a student at the University of Bradford and I’m a carer.
What does a Healthcare Assistant do?
A carer looks after vulnerable people to give them a good life and make them feel included in society. Sometimes that involves end-of-life care to give someone a better end to life’s journey.
How did you come to be Healthcare Assistant?
I looked after a loved one back home when he was sick. I think care is something to do with a person’s nature; if you have feelings for other people, you are attracted to care and make a good carer. When I arrived in the UK, there were few people to look after the elderly and vulnerable and I knew it was something I wanted to do.
What advice would you give someone interested in a career in care?
If you don’t have the passion for it, don’t do it because there will be challenges that you find more difficult than someone who has that passion. If you have a natural compassion for people, you will be successful.
Why do you think care is important?
All over the world, there are vulnerable, sick people who are at a point in their life where they can’t do things for themselves. When I am old, I would want to have the best care, so I try to give the best care now to others.
How have you developed in the role?
I’ve learned so many things: tolerance and patience. I’ve improved my understanding of my emotions, of how to feel for people and I’ve learned to be strong.
What key skills are essential in your position?
Like I said before, you need that passion. You must also go through training so that you understand how to do the job well. It’s also important to be a fast thinker so that you can respond to situations when they come unexpectedly.
What makes care work a great career?
A compassionate, professional carer with good communication skills and who knows the care plan is a great carer.
What are you most proud of in your career?
Each time I see a smile on the face of a resident, I feel proud.