A day in the life of care worker

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At White Cross Care our care workers have a wide range of different skills and duties to help and improve people’s standards of living.

Our Care Assistants work on the front line helping individuals to overcome the everyday difficulties they face.

There are a wide range of duties, washing, dressing, and maintaining their hygiene, as well as helping them with basic day-to-day or tasks like paying bills.

Our care assistants like to get to know the clients personally and providing them with emotional support and company, which contributes positively to their wellbeing.

Our carers can start early and often the client will need help getting out of bed. They may have arthritis or another condition that makes doing this themselves difficult.

Bathing and dressing are common morning activities for our care workers to help clients feel as good as possible when starting their day.

In the mornings we will cook breakfast and this is a good time to catch up with the client.

For many of our client’s housework can be a difficult task we will take the opportunity to do basic housework for our clients. Even simple tasks such as vacuuming, making the bed or washing the dishes can make a huge difference to their day.

At lunchtime our carers will prepare wholesome meals for our clients who are unable to prepare food themselves. Eating a healthy meal is so important to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The client may need help with their shopping and our carer will collect essential items from the local supermarket.

Our carers may help clients with daily activities, they could be as simple as going for a short walk or taking laundry to the laundrette.

At night our carers will cook dinner, help them with medication, help them with going to the toilet, or take a bath.

It is often a long day for carer’s so it is important to unwind and relax at the end of the day.

 

We would like to welcome to the team our new senior carer Louise Savill.

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My name is Louise and I am the new Senior Carer/ Team leader for White Cross Care in the Chatham Branch. I have worked in the Health and Social care sector for 12 years, I started my career as a Care Assistant in a Nursing Home and soon realised this was the sector I wanted to progress in. I knew I wanted to help others and to improve the quality of life of the individuals who I cared for. I decided to gain my NVQ level 2 and 3 and my QCF level 5 in Health and Social. I worked my way up from a Carer to a senior, to a deputy manager and then I worked as a Registered Manager for 5 years. I have worked for various companies and within different settings such as Residential Care homes, Nursing Homes, Extra Care schemes and within domiciliary Care.  

I decided to join White Cross as I have recently relocated to the area, I am excited to work within a company with such a good reputation and I have already been made to feel so welcome by the team. 

Stay safe in the heat

HOT

It will be another hot weekend with temperatures reaching 30 Celsius, or higher, in central, southern and some northern parts fo England. Southest England will be hotter with temperatures reaching 34 to 37.

The highest temperature reached so far this year is 37.8 Celsius, recorded at Heathrow on July 31st.

It’s easy to become dehydrated or overheat when it’s hot outside. Make sure you’re drinking plenty of fluids. Aim to drink 6 – 8 glasses of liquid a day, and more if it’s hot. Eat a balanced diet to help your body replace any salt you lose by sweating.

GOV.UK have published heatwave plan for england

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/heatwave-plan-for-england

You can find the latest weather info at

https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/about-us/press-office/news/weather-and-climate/2020/hot-spell-august