Jenni would never have imagined herself working in care, but now she says it’s one of the best decisions she’s ever made. Here’s her story.
I always wanted to work in a caring role, and when I was younger I wanted to be a midwife. I gained a place as a midwifery student, which I loved, but then I became ill and had to leave the course. A few years followed where I was unable to work, and this really set me back in my aspirations and affected my view of my own potential.
As I started to recover, I took a part-time role in a residential home. Whilst I was working there, Maddy approached me and told me she was starting a home care company and asked if I would consider working with her. We were already great friends, and I was excited to be a part of it.
Honestly, the 14-year-old me never thought at 28 I would be making people’s dinners, emptying their bins and supporting people in and out of bed. This was never my ‘plan’ – but it has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I realised very quickly that the thing I love about my role is the relationships you build, and the connections you create with people. We are in a very trusted role, and for some of the people we support, a carer is the only person they see all day. You grow a real bond with the people you are supporting, you get to know the real them, they are vulnerable with you, share their secrets and stories about their lives, and they are genuinely interested in hearing about yours. They invest their time into you, like you do with them. I spend so much of my time laughing and chatting with the people I visit, and when I walk in and see their face light up, it makes me really proud. I must be doing something right. My ‘problem’ of talking a lot seems to have found its place here!
One day, for those of us who are lucky enough, we will all need some form of support in the later years of life from those working in the Health and Social Care Sector, whether it be doctors and nurses, or an at-home support worker like me. I often wonder if one day I will be lucky enough to have as good of a relationship with the people who end up supporting me when I need it. I really hope that I will.