The Rewards of being a Bright Carer

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“Caring for vulnerable people and people in need, carries a sense of fulfilment and accomplishment that only comes when you engage in helping others, and in the act of giving.”

 

Being a Bright Carer

Being a carer can often be viewed as a challenging job with no social recognition and where 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, older 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!

Empowering others

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.

Meaningful Contact

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.

Personal Development

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.

To conclude

Overall, a Bright Carer is the kind of person who believes that we all share a duty and an interest in making this world a better and kinder place. We thrive in a society that is built on mutual support and respect, and that values diversity. Therefore, the feeling of giving something back to our community is a priceless reward, as we feel we carry the responsibility of being a positive example that inspires others to do the same for future generations.

At Bright Care, we rely on the retention of exceptional people. If you are looking for home care jobs, we welcome your application to our award-winning, family-business!

A day in the life of a Bright Carer

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My name is Yvonne and I am a Bright Carer, which means I visit my matched clients 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 my 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 9.00pm, 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 Bright Carer: nurturing the specific individual needs of the 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.

During many of my visits, I am simply being a companion for the clients and I’ve chatted about their interests, watched TV with them or reminisced about old times and childhood memories! Sometimes for that one client, you may be the only person they see most of the day or week and 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?
Find out how to become a Bright Carer here.

 

 

 

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