Here at Cavell Healthcare, we are hugely proud of the fact that two of our care team have been shortlisted for a Great British Carers award this year. So ahead of the regional finals next month, we thought it would be lovely to hear from them about what it means to be a carer. So caught up with Homecare Worker, Amy Cutmore, to find out about her life and career…
Are you from Norfolk?
Yes I am from Norfolk. I worked in childcare in a nursery before moving on to this career.
What do you do at Cavell Healthcare?
I am a Homecare Worker. I work full time for Cavell Healthcare, as well as studying with Open University for my BA Hons Health & Social Care Degree. My job role at Cavell is supporting individuals within their homes who need that helping hand in order to live a happy life. I administer medications when necessary, attend to their personal needs or just sit and talk to them about whatever they wish. If they are smiling as I leave, I know I’ve made a difference and that’s why I love my job.
What does a typical day involve?
Greeting my clients and their families whom they live with, attending to personal needs, making sure they have food and fluids available. Medications have been taken if they have them. They are washed and have clean clothes on. Also, working alongside a colleague to manoeuvre them around their homes using different equipment if necessary. But most importantly, being a listening ear and a smiling face.
What got you into this career in the first place?
I love helping and seeing people happy, so this job definitely suits me perfectly. I have only been in the role a short time but I wanted to start a career in the healthcare and mental health sector so I couldn’t be happier to be with Cavell Healthcare.
What training have you had?
Prior to starting the role, I was able to complete a great deal of online leanring and then I underwent the in-house training which includes First Aid, Health & Safety and learning about the different equipment and medications.
What do you think sets Cavell Healthcare apart?
Brilliant management, supportive staff and a solid team to work alongside – they are more like a family than work colleagues
What do you enjoy most about the role?
Helping people and making people smile!
How has Coronavirus impacted your day-to-day work?
It’s different spending a day wearing a mask and sometimes a shield but if it means those around me are safe, I’m happy to wear the protection needed.
What would you say to anyone considering a career in care?
Absolutely go for it! It’s a career you will not regret and being in this job doesn’t feel like you’re going to work. You look forward each day.