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!

What it takes to be a Bright Carer

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By Jemima Vetha

Caring for elderly people requires many natural skills, that are not easily taught at college or at training courses. Empathy, patience, good listening and a cheerful attitude are a few key personality traits that are essential to provide meaningful support to an older person and to create a relevant and lasting relationship with them.

Empathy is the ability to understand someone else’s feelings and to put yourself in their shoes, whatever the situation. Older people might get worried or anxious about things that we consider irrelevant or unimportant. They might be feeling saddened or frustrated when physically unable to do something or to remember a name. It is very important for a carer to be compassionate and to be able to share, not dismiss, the older person’s worries, sadness or frustration and offer appropriate reassurance and emotional support.

Patience is an essential quality when supporting someone who might have become very slow through age and physical disability. Walking, eating or getting dressed can all turn into very long and time consuming activities. Even talking can be a difficult process. It is important not to rush elderly people through any of these activities and not to make them feel inadequate or embarrassed by trying to do things for them. A carer’s role is to promote a person’s independence through appropriate and dignified support.

An elderly person has many years of history behind them. In fact, they have a lot more life behind them than ahead of them. Their memories are very precious to them, they take them back to a time when they felt strong, able, loved and purposeful. A good carer has the willingness to listen carefully and actively to all the stories from the past, to hear about the people and events that coloured and filled their older client’s life: reminiscing is good for the soul of a person who feels that the happiest part of their life is gone.

And finally, a smile is the best gift you can bring into someone’s home! Being cheerful can turn around the mood and the whole day of the person you are looking after. Older people might live in a once busy house that is now empty and quiet, they might have a long, lonely day ahead of them and they might feel overwhelmed with aches, pains and worries. Going in with a smile and a positive attitude will without doubt lift their mood and brighten their day!

A carer, therefore, has the power to make a real difference in a vulnerable person’s life, simply by using and sharing their natural talents, in what is a very rewarding and undoubtedly enjoyable role.

If you’d like to read more about becoming a Bright Carer, you can find out more here.

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