A day in the life of a Companion Carer
By Yvonne Tough
My name is Yvonne and I am a Companion Carer for Bright Care which means I visit with senior citizens in the comfort of their own homes. I love my job as no two days are ever the same. I have made great relationships with both colleagues and clients, and the journeys I can have with those people are incredible. I have also been given the opportunity to train in house and learn new professional skills. I am now working towards a Certificate of Higher Education in Adult Health and Social Care with the Open University. This brings theoretical underpinning to the work I undertake for Bright Care on a day to day basis.
A typical day can begin at 8.30am or later in the day, ending sometimes at 9pm at night, but it is flexible enough to work around my family, and my commitments as a Brownie Leader. Every person I visit has their own specific needs which is the most rewarding part of being a Companion Carer: nurturing the specific needs of the individual person.
From personal care, such as assisting with washing, dressing and medication to taking the client shopping; From a bit of light housework and tidying up whilst keeping one ear open in case I’m needed, I enjoy carrying out these tasks to the best of my ability so that the client can have the peace of mind that everything is being taken care of and they can get on with enjoying the morning newspapers with their favourite cuppa or meal.
A great many of my visits are simply being a companion for the senior citizen and chatting about their interests, watching TV with them or reminiscing about old times and childhood memories! Sometimes for that one senior citizen, you may be the only person they see most of the day or week and if I have learned anything the time you give them means the world to them. I have learned so much about people and their lives without asking too many questions, just by listening and being there.
Where else can you get so much variety, laughter and exercise all in one job?!