Being a Bright Carer
Having a care work job can often be viewed as challenging, with no social recognition and where the financial remuneration does not always reflect the many responsibilities involved.
For me, the rewards of being a Bright Carer go well beyond that. Caring for vulnerable people in need carries a sense of fulfilment and accomplishment that only comes from helping others, and in the act of giving. Whether we are caring for children, people with learning disabilities, elderly people, or any other groups in need of support, these are the reasons why, as carers, we get out of bed every morning, stay motivated throughout the day, and end our day with a smile.
No two days are the same
For a carer, supporting and caring for others comes in many forms and shapes: whether it’s helping with housekeeping, personal care, making meals, providing support to get out in the community or companionship, I feel my contribution helps someone else live their life with dignity and to their full potential. Knowing that without my help, they would have not been able to carry out everyday tasks that we take for granted, fills me with a great sense of accomplishment and fills my day with purpose. Making a positive difference to someone else’s day, makes my day!
On a deeper level, I have become aware that my intervention, often in such small ways, has the power to enable people to make personal choices and to keep their identity as individuals. I support them to choose what to wear or what to eat, whether to stay in or to go out. Promoting and supporting the independence of someone who, through physical weakness, disability or age, would have to give up their right to express their choices and preferences, is a privilege and is extremely rewarding. And the ultimate outcome is that I feel I’m helping another human being grow and make progress in their journey.
Another great aspect of a carer’s life is the daily face-to-face meaningful contact with people. In a society where everybody is racing around, struggling to keep up with life’s demands and commitments, whilst making time for others, a carer’s role is centred on human interaction and on building trustworthy relationships with people around you. That includes the clients you support, as well as your network of co-workers and other social care professionals who will always be seeking to support you in many ways. So, if the office environment is not for you, or you are sick of computers and technology, working as a carer will fill your days with a much deeper meaning.
Another valuable side of caring for others, is that through every big or small challenge, it continually encourages me to develop my own personal and interpersonal skills. Looking after the needs of vulnerable individuals has enriched my life experience, as I learn something new every day. It has improved my decision-making and problem-solving skills and has helped me grow in confidence and feel good about using my natural talents and dispositions.