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Our office in Manchester buzzes with energy – calls coming in, visits to clients being scheduled, Care Workers popping in to say hello… Our team work super hard, but they also know how to have fun. With an office dog (Mitzy the French Bulldog), office plants (all individually named, of course) and the occasional pizza lunch, it’s a really nice place to be! The office (where we also hold our induction training sessions) is based in Wythenshawe, with excellent transport links and a private car park.
It’ll be coming up to four years that I’ve been with Be Caring now. Before that, I had a career working in secondary schools. I used to teach dance to children with special needs and disabilities.
From there I went on to get a job in a high school as a teaching assistant and became involved with the medical care of some of the students. That’s what I was really interested in. I was also working part-time as a barmaid at the time, which I loved, but it was too much. I had no life at all.
It was my sister-in-law who said you should come and try caring. At the time, my Aunty was receiving care and my Mum said something to me that has always stuck. She said, ‘don’t go into this job unless you’re going to care. Don’t go in and do it for the money. Do it and treat the clients like they’re your own family.’ I’ve always stuck to that.
I think I’d have left a long time ago if it was just for the money! I love my clients and I think that comment from my Mum still means a lot.
I love going in to see clients and just having a laugh. There’s one gentleman I care for who has Motor Neurone Disease (MND), so he can’t talk to us. We literally communicate in that house with laughter. We don’t leave that house unless we’ve had a right good laugh, and we do every time!
I feel like I’m treated like family. I have one client who says that I’m like an adopted daughter, (he says it to a few of us!) We can see people up to four times a day, which is often more than their families see them. I know I spend more time with my clients than I do with my family.
I thought to myself ‘how can I make this situation as safe as possible?’ – not only for my clients, but for me as well. So, I offered to pick up extra shifts to help reduce the number of different carers people had going into their houses.
When we were in lockdown, carers also supported people by doing their shopping in their own time. As many were high risk and I had to go out of the house anyway, I offered to help.
In Manchester, we offer person-centred domiciliary home care, so that the people who we support can remain in their own homes. They are often coping with challenging conditions, recovering from illness and may require assistance with mobility.
We support with personal care, medication administration and often meal preparation. Sometimes simply offering a listening ear and smiling face each day can make a huge difference to the wellbeing of the people we care for.
Typically, we support the people we care for with tasks such as:
We also provide support with continuing health care packages, meaning we can provide more specialist care for people with more complex health or medical needs, for example:
We are always on the lookout for talented, friendly people who – like us – are truly passionate about care and want to make a real difference to the lives of others.
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We’re looking for passionate people who genuinely care, with a will to make a difference. We offer excellent support, training and exciting career opportunities.
We’re employee-owned, meaning profits don’t come first – people do.