Bluebird Care employees share how they #MakeADifference with Tomorrow’s Care Magazine
We are pleased to be featured in the August/September issue of Tomorrow’s Care magazine discussing how you can #MakeADifference through a career in home care.
We are pleased to be featured in the August/September issue of Tomorrow’s Care discussing how you can #MakeADifference through a career in home care.
The piece showcases Bluebird Care employee’s experiences since moving into home care from other career paths and what they have enjoyed most about their roles.
You can view the magazine here: https://content.yudu.com/web/1jybr/0A1vxp9/TCareAugSep2018/html/index.html?page=10&origin=reader
“The smiles hugs and gratitude are really lovely”
Helen Eagle: Senior Domiciliary Care Assistant at Bluebird Care
Since making the career change from teaching I haven’t had any regrets. I have found that while I loved teaching, working in home care is a far less stressful role. All my customers are truly lovely and really enjoying what I do is important as I enter the last few years of my working life. I’ve also found that the hours fit perfectly with my family and I enjoy working a variety of shifts, plus it’s lovely that my life isn’t ruled by bells anymore.
Undoubtedly the best thing about my new role has been the variety of people that I meet each day and the diversity of tasks I undertake as part of my job. The smiles, hugs and gratitude are really lovely. For example, I became very close to a lady living with dementia and spent up to eight hours a day with her and she told me on one of my last visits that these days were some of her happiest.
My advice to people considering a career change and moving into home care is to find a care company that really values and appreciates you so that you have a positive experience and a smooth transition.
“I now have a much better work-life balance”
Emma Leiva: Recruitment & Marketing Executive at Bluebird Care
When I started to do my research I realised there were a huge array of jobs within home care that I felt could offer me the flexibility that I needed and the chance to make a positive contribution, and I was lucky enough to be offered a position as a recruitment and marketing executive with Bluebird Care.
The role is incredibly rewarding. Not only do I now have a much better work-life balance, I also enjoy making a difference. I get a huge amount of satisfaction from seeing customers out at social events when they wouldn't normally leave the house and always enjoy a chat with someone who is sharing their stories with me.
I think anyone who feels they could make a compassionate and thoughtful carer should try it. Care assistants come from all sorts of work backgrounds and the majority of people who make the change never look back and will tell you it’s the most rewarding job they have ever had.
“You can really get to know customers a lot better”
Michelle Gallop: A Bluebird Care Deputy Care Manager
In my experience, what makes home care so rewarding is the opportunity to spend quality time with customers. Working in home care your time isn't divided and the time allocated to each customer is for them and only them. This enables you to establish deeper relationships. I have found that individual homes are full of memories and this enables me to develop strong relationships and offer a level of personalised and individual care that would be hard to achieve working in a care home.
Home care is also a lot less structured and focuses more on the individual daily routines of those you care for. This flexibility and variety is what makes the role so fantastic, and it’s why I would highly recommend considering a care switch into home care.
“The sense of value you receive is amazing”
Kerry Brooker, A Bluebird Care Deputy Care Manager
A big part of my decision to switch into home care was a desire to help individuals to continue living in their own homes with familiar surroundings. I have found that working in home care enables you to build very close relationships and bonds with customers and families and the support network is very tight.
The sense of value you receive is also amazing and although it can be difficult to walk out of a customer’s home and leave them alone, I enjoy feeling that I have done something nice for someone even in a short space of time. I have therefore loved my career change within the care sector and would encourage others to consider whether they too might enjoy the flexibility and personalised care that home care can offer.