Through their everyday actions, our care teams show us that working in a care home is a passion, not just a job. Getting to know people and becoming part of their extended family requires a special type of person. We spoke to Azmina, Senior Carer at Fenchurch House Care Home in Spalding, about her career in care and why she loves being a carer.
It’s very busy but each day is always very varied. As the Senior Carer on shift, I am responsible for the medication round. I like to spend time with each of our residents, it’s good to gauge their mood and how they are feeling. I try to spend time with as many people as possible.
My first job was in Customer Services, so it was very different from working in a care home. I’ve always been interested in caring and studied for a degree in Social Care and Community Practice.
I started doing home care whilst studying for my degree. I’ve worked in care for over 9 years in total. I did domiciliary care for two years then went to work at Tallington Lodge Care Home our sister home in Tallington. When Fenchurch House opened here in Spalding it was a great opportunity to work in a beautiful brand-new building and see it grow into a home for people.
It sounds obvious, but you have to be caring! You need to have empathy and be compassionate and most of all, you need to love what you do.
You get to look after people who can’t look after themselves. You see them on their good days and are there for them on bad days too.
It feels as if everything has changed, there are lots of changes to get used to. It’s been especially hard on residents, I think. Not being able to see their friends and family what the most difficult time for them.