“The training I had for this job was the best I have ever had as a carer, particularly the dementia course where we had to imagine how it feels to be a person who has dementia.”
Care Worker Steve Nicholson, 43, joined Carers Trust Cambridgeshire 18 months ago – and wishes he had known about us 10 years ago! He provides private care for clients in their homes in Peterborough and St Ives.
Steve loves his job, and says: “This is arguably the best company I have ever worked for. We spend a minimum of 1 hour with clients, and often see the same person in their home so we can build a relationship.
“It is real caring. I have done care work before where it’s a production line; you go in and rush a 90-year-old man around the house so you can get done, it feels horrible. With this job you have got plenty of time, you have time to chat with them and do the job properly.
“The training I had for this job was the best I have ever had as a carer, particularly the dementia course where we had to imagine how it feels to be a person who has dementia. I’ve worked at places where you have done all your training online, you learn nothing, but here they get you involved.”
Clients who Steve is currently working with include a 47-year-old man being treated for a brain tumour whose wife works full time. Steve takes the client out on walks and afterwards will thank him, saying it has been absolutely brilliant to talk with him and get out of the house, and how much it has helped him.
“A lot of carers feel guilty about leaving us with the person they care for. This is quite normal and I reassure them not to worry. Afterwards I can see how much they appreciated the break. We give them peace of mind and they know their loved one is well cared for. It’s nice you put your heart and soul into your job and see how grateful people are.
“I would say to anyone, ‘if you are a care worker disillusioned with your job, come and work here.’ I’ve worked in care jobs where I have got to the point where I have had enough, but I can’t see myself getting fed up with doing this. I absolutely love it. If I found this job 10 years ago I know I would still be working here 10 years later. The carers and people they care for are just so grateful and that makes me feel great.”