To give you an insight into what it is like to work for Home Instead, one of our staff members has written her own ‘Day in the Life’.
“A typical day might begin with a call starting at 8.15 am with a client who requires help with washing, dressing and breakfast preparation. The client may be elderly and infirm, or confined to bed. The visit would usually last an hour, and then I would travel straight to the next call. This one could involve some shopping and then companionship for the rest of the hour.
At midday, I may return to my first client to prepare lunch, attend to personal needs and make sure they are settled for the afternoon. On another day, I may visit a gentleman who has restricted mobility, who needs help to clean his house and change the bedclothes. Over time, as he gains trust, this call will develop into companionship too – we can always make time for a cup of tea and a chat!
Routine calls can mean a return visit to a client who needs an evening meal preparing, and then some personal care so that they are ready for bedtime. Other clients may enjoy going out for a walk, being accompanied on shopping trips or visiting a place of interest. My working day is always varied, and my own lifestyle means that I can be flexible about the times I am available. At Home Instead we work together to meet clients’ needs and build relationships over time with carers visiting the same people. It is very satisfying to know that you have helped someone to maintain a good quality of life in their own home, sometimes by doing the simplest of tasks.”
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If you’re over 18, live in the Guildford and Woking area, are a driver with access to your own vehicle, would be willing to perform personal care after training and can commit to a minimum of 15 hours per week, get in touch today!
To apply for this job please visit www.homeinstead.co.uk.