Chris' story

Chris Reed (care worker)

My wife had MS for many years and I was her primary carer. When I became a professional care worker after she died, I knew I already had many of the skills I needed because I’d spent so many years looking after my wife. But this role is not just about skills. Your personal qualities and temperament are equally important – you need to be caring, and want to help people. Some of my customers have dementia, and I have to deal with the fact that they often don’t recognise me, and can sometimes be quite demanding. You need to be understanding, and recognise how difficult it can be for people to accept that they need extra support at home.

A typical day starts quite early helping customers out of bed, and getting them washed and dressed. During the day I often take customers to the local shops, prepare their lunches or just keep them company. Evening visits usually involve providing an evening meal and helping people into bed. People’s needs vary a lot and you have got to be sensitive to the signs that someone’s health could be deteriorating, and respond when they need either more or less care.

I’ve been a professional care worker for just over a year now and I absolutely love it. The role itself can be very challenging but it’s also incredibly rewarding. A good day can often be measured by whether you’ve made someone smile. There aren’t many jobs where something so simple can be so gratifying.

“A good day can often be measured by whether you’ve made someone smile. There aren’t many jobs where something so simple can be so gratifying.”
Chris Reed, 62, care worker

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