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A Day In The Life Of A Care Worker

One of the great things about working as a care worker is that the jobs involved are very varied. This is the case when you are dealing with any caring profession because, at heart, it means dealing with people. Even if you are caring for just one person, their needs will change day by day. If you are a mobile care worker visiting people in their own homes, then the work is often even more varied. What is involved in a typical day? Read on to find out.

Early Starts

For many care workers, early starts are a common feature. This is because helping people to get out of bed, to get washed and dressed is a key part of modern care work. Many people, especially elderly people, just need a bit of assistance in this area and will be able to cope with much of what the rest of the day throws at them without too many difficulties. Of course, some care work shifts start later but a typical day will often start by helping people with their basic morning routines.

Morning Work

If people need assistance with eating or preparing their breakfast, then care workers will often provide the appropriate level of support. This will depend on their care plan and whether this needs to be updated, of course. Other typical work that care workers will undertake at this time includes calling in for a chat and a mid-morning cup of tea or to do some cleaning around the home of people they are visiting.

Lunchtime

Lunch for mobile care workers might be consumed on the move. However, more often than not, it will be a chance to provide some personal home care with a client. In many cases, this will involve an informal chat or a discussion about dietary considerations and what might go into a healthy lunch. If the person being cared for needs it, now is a good time to check provisions and medical prescriptions in case a trip to the shops is needed in the afternoon.

Afternoon Work

As well as shopping and making beds up ready for the evening, care workers might be expected to take the person they are caring for out. Even a stroll around the garden with the support of a care worker can be enough to lift someone’s spirit considerably. In some cases, pet or art therapy might be an appropriate way to help people feel cared for. Typically, these sessions are run by a specialist but a care worker might be on hand, too, to offer additional support.

The End of the Day

Unless the care worker is planning to stay overnight, the last call of the day will mean checking in with the worker’s supervisor. According to Anglian Care, who offer home care services in Essex, help people to remain cared for in their own homes, it is important to have contact between field care workers and team leaders so that worker and client safety can be ensured. These days, forward-thinking care providers use technology to ensure all care details are updated in real-time without necessarily needing care workers to return to the office to update paperwork.

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