I’ve worked in care since 1998. It was a complete accident, as I was taking my daughter to the job centre and I happened to see an advert for a care job. Before that I was a training manager and then regional manager for a large slimming company.
That was almost 20 years ago and now I’m running a domiciliary care business which supports mostly older people.
Working in care enables you to make people feel valued, whether that’s the people we care for or our staff providing the care. My job is very hands on – one day I could be assessing or reviewing people’s care and support needs, another putting together care plans or training the team.
I’m proud to care because when I see someone smile or gently squeeze my hand to let me know they trust me it helps me know I’m making a difference. Enabling someone to regain independence makes what can sometimes be a stressful job pleasurable.
We sometimes see bad press about care, there’s always paperwork and it’s never easy talking to family members if someone passes away, but knowing you have made a difference to someone’s life far outweighs this.
Jane Redman, Managing Director, B&S Healthcare Ltd