Thursday, 9 March 2017

What's it like to be a Healthcare Assistant?

Hello Lovelies!

This is a question I am asked on a regular basis!

Being a Care Assistant is, to me, the most amazing, rewarding job! I've worked as a shop assistant, in a dry cleaners, as a Beautician, as a Make Up Artist and Counter Manager but after leaving my job of almost 6 years in a Nursing Home to go follow my "Dream", I went back to being a Care Assistant. It's where I'm meant to be!


I've been caring for people for as long as I can remember. I started looking after my Grandmother from about 15, I was a babysitter every weekend. So I decided to go do "Pre-Nursing " in college after school. After completing that course I began working in a Nursing Home, and I never looked back!
Do I wish I did Nursing? Sometimes!
Will I go back to do Nursing in the future? I'll never say never, but I will be choosing a Social Care Degree before a Nursing one anyway!

Is it an easy job? No!
When I first started in the Nursing Home, I was expecting to be sitting around with "old people" who have walking frames, knitting jumpers and playing cards! This is exactly what I thought being going in to start in the new job! I will always remember that! But I was very wrong! Yes, my day consisted of that. Yes, there was "old people" with walking frames, but there was so many other people too.

There are people who are fully dependant on us, they need assistance with showering, dressing, eating, using the toilet among many other daily needs! All of these things we take for granted!
Some people couldn't talk, some made sense when talking, some didn't.
This was so out of my comfort zone. I didn't know what I was doing, I was 19!
I loved looking after people and helping but this was on a whole new level for me! I was terrified!

As the time went by I began seeing how, I, as a care assistant were helping these people. It began changing how I saw life and most importantly how I saw them! They weren't just "old people", there were men and women who worked hard all their life! If they were giving out, so be it, it wasn't the end of the world for me!

Yes you will have bad days, yes you will have good days but what makes it all worthwhile is leaving work feeling happy, leaving work feeling like you accomplished something today, leaving work knowing that you quite possible have made someone's day today, leaving work knowing you have looked after someone's Mother, Father, Aunt, Uncle, to the best of your ability as if they were your own family!

That's what it became for me, I began to get to know them so well, they were like an extended family to me!

Obviously being a Care Assistant comes with some serious issues, like confidentiality. So that's as much detail as I can and as I will go into. And I'm not going to talk about my current place of work only that I am now in the Intellectual Disability Sector and I'm the happiest I've ever been career wise!

If you have any questions on courses or anything, please feel free to give me an email or a message on Facebook, and hopefully I might be able to help and send you in the right direction!

Orla
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