Why I became a care assistant

At Bluebird Care Sutton, our care assistants are the heart of our business. These are stories by our staff about why they chose to work in homecare, and allows you an insight into their day-to-day lives as a care assistant. Read some of the special stories our staff have to tell about their experiences working for Bluebird Care Sutton.

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Sarah's Story

My name is Sarah, I am 25 and I joined the Bluebird Care Sutton team at the end of October 2015.

I joined the Bluebird Care team because I found myself in need of a job and needed something that would start fast that was going to be flexible and payed ok. I had heard of Bluebird Care through a friend who had worked for them and he often called me saying I should join the team as he thought I would enjoy the job (I wish I listened sooner!). When I lost my last job, I remembered the calls and decided to see if they were recruiting, I was in for an interview within a week.

I had intended to keep searching for a “better job”, something that had better hours and had the pay that I needed to survive on, this was just a stepping stone to something “better”. I had no idea that the job I walked into would change so much in my life.

While knowing this job would pay my bills and keeps a roof over my head, I was shocked to find myself leaving my house happy and returning even happier. I was enjoying my day to day visits and would wake up in the morning looking forward to going to work and seeing my customers! I finish on time most days but the days I am a little late out, it’s usually because I have gotten carried away chatting to one of my lovely ladies or gents. I don’t feel the “ah I want to go home now” bug I felt with my other jobs, it’s nothing like I thought it was going to be!

When I started I found myself calling the office and on call phone a lot! If I got stuck/lost or needed to check medication, there was always an upbeat voice at the end going “hey Sarah what can I do for you”. I have a great support network in the office and feel happy knowing I can call in and ask any question and it’s not a problem. I feel I get along well with my supervisors, they always ask how we are when we pop into the office and you know it’s genuine.

This to me is not a job, it’s a privilege. I get to go out and meet new people who are always happy to see me. We have wonderful chats as we complete the tasks that need to be completed and I know when it’s time to leave, as much as I don’t want to, I’ve made a positive difference to that person’s life today. I get a great deal of personal satisfaction from this, I never thought a job could be like this. My idea of having a job and experience of having a job, is just go in get it done and go home, it’s not something that’s ever been enjoyable.

I look forward to carrying on caring for others as a member of the Bluebird Care team and I am proud to call myself a care assistant and couldn’t recommend the job highly enough for someone who’s considering it.

Sarah Taylor, Care Assistant at Bluebird Care Sutton