Why care? Hear experiences from Abbeyfield carers
Proudly supporting You Can Care Week 2022, we're shining a spotlight on our Abbeyfield carers and the incredible people working in the care sector.
This year's You Can Care Week (21-27 February) focuses on how people can bring their unique skills and personality traits to the care sector.
What is You Can Care Week?
You Can Care Week is all about shining a spotlight on the incredible people working in the care sector and encouraging others to come and join. The week is run by home care provider Home Instead and highlights the rewarding role of being a carer. You can follow activity relating to the week on social media by searching #YouCanCare.
Is care right for you?
Do you seek a rewarding career where no two days are the same? Then a career in care may be perfect for you.
As an Abbeyfield carer, you will be helping older people to live their life the way they want to, independently and safely, pursuing hobbies and interests. Knowing that you are making a difference to those who are older or vulnerable provides a real sense of achievement that’s difficult to experience in any other role. You'll be making real connections with residents, their families and other members of staff.
There are also many benefits to working in care, including;
Here's what our team of carers had to say about a career in care.
"Within the care sector you make a difference to someone’s life with even the little things; having a chat, doing their hair, doing their nails or even just being there for them. I would 100% recommend a career in care, it is so rewarding. It can be challenging at times as with any job, but I love it and no day is the same."
— Molly Worthington, Head of Dementia Care at Westall House
“A career within care brings lots of opportunities for progression; you can become a senior, manager, move into activities, complete courses, and more! My favourite part about my job is seeing the residents who are further along their dementia journey engage.”
— Courtney Jenkins, Occupational Therapist at Winnersh
"My role has taught me to appreciate the little victories - a resident with dementia remembering my name, as well as the big victories such as when a resident's quality of life has improved .The great thing about a career in care is that the options are unlimited. There are other options outside of a care home as well, such as care at home, nursing or becoming a Paramedic, like I hope to one day. I love that I have never come home from a day of work at Westall and said that I was bored. There is always something to do and you are always busy although it is hard work, so it’s important to take time off sometimes."
"I love my job and love when we make real changes, when we are able to work as a team and help each other. Like when a new resident is settling in, using a new frame, or we're decorating their room."
— Diana Albuquerque, Registered Care Home Manager at Browns Field House
“No two days are the same. The best part of my job is listening and chatting away with our residents. Seeing them laugh just tugs at my heartstrings.”
— Michelle Seaborne, Care Team Leader at Cunningham House
“I have loved every minute of the last 30 years, and it really is a testament to what a wonderful place it is to work that so many of my colleagues have also spent decades here caring for our residents. There have been many challenges, particularly this past year, but the residents and the staff all make it such a welcoming place every day that sometimes it doesn’t feel like work.”
— Sharon Bell, Deputy Manager at Friars Mead
From carers to house managers, activities coordinators to cooks, plus roles in our St Albans head office, Abbeyfield has a varied range of career options available.
We offer a range of flexible contracts and excellent benefits. But not only that, when you join the Abbeyfield Family you'll join a team of dedicated, friendly, professional and caring people. Take a look at our current vacancies and apply today.
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