For many people working in care is not their first career option, some people have had many different jobs before finding care as their true vocation in life. We asked Ganiyu what motivated his career change to start working in care.
Every day is different, some days are very calm and others really busy. Every day we do our best to meet people’s needs in the best way that we can.
I started studying Mechanical Engineering and later switched to Animal Science, so I’ve come from a very different background. My wife is a nurse and whilst she worked, I looked after my kids, it opened up my eyes to what caring is. I also cared for my grandparents which is how I started to have some experience of caring for older people.
I have worked in care for ten years now. I started as a Care Assistant and worked my way up and I’m keen to progress. I’ve recently moved from London to Spalding and have been promoted to Deputy Manager here at Fenchurch House.
If you have a passion for care, then you will enjoy it. You need to be a good listener and support the residents in any way that you can to meet their needs. You need to show people respect and dignity at all times.
Seeing the resident’s needs being met. I’m focussing on skin integrity which I am passionate about. I am also Health and Safety champion, so I check all beds, fire doors and other aspects of the home carefully every day.
There are lots of things to think about now. You have to protect yourself and your residents and maintain high standards of cleanliness and infection control to reduce cross-contamination.