• Miranda Simmonds

Carers are continuously not given their worth and many clients needs being neglected.

For the past six weeks I've been flying solo, trying to make small changes to the care industry. It's been great - in fact I wish I had jumped ship of my previous employer sooner.

I have a handful of clients with whom I am building a great rapport with, visiting them regularly and in a more relaxed environment. I'm able to know exactly who I will visit on a day to day basis and my clients are happier knowing who to expect and that it will be someone familiar with their medical history and lifestyle choices, we are not rushed due to a strict timetable. Something that simply isn't possible when working for most care firms.

I really feel as if my clients appreciate my time which gives me a great deal of satisfaction. I leave knowing that I have devoted the time necessary to meet their individual needs, I never leave a client less than fully relaxed and comfortable - often going above and beyond the time I am scheduled for (obviously not charging for this).

When vulnerable people are able to gain trust in a carer/cleaner it makes a huge change to their mental and physical health and therefore more able to gain confidence and independence.

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  • Miranda

I started working as a carer almost twenty years ago. The thought that I could make a difference and brighten the life of someone living their last years, or ease the daily struggles of a vulnerable person really appealed to me. I worked in several care settings but noticed that people placed in a Care Facility often seemed lost, confused and lonely. which is completely understandable; Imagine spending your entire lifetime building a home with love and memories and then having to leave it all behind. Being thrown into a foreign environment, with complete strangers and a set routine that differs greatly from your own is enough to make anyone uncomfortable - imagine suffering from dementia and being placed into a whole new world. How would you feel?

After realising this, I chose to leave the care home sector and became a home support worker - promoting independence through support. But I found that my schedule was ridiculously tight and I was constantly running late as I vowed to never leave a client with unmet needs. Whilst this is something I don't regret (and something that I stick to today), I would often be apologising for not sticking to the routine that they had requested simply because my schedule was too tight to allow for wiggle room. This is enough to upset someone's routine, and routine is important especially for those with Dementia. I'd often never visit the same client more than a handful of times, which prevented clients from becoming comfortable and made it difficult for me to fully learn each individual's unique needs. My colleagues felt the same, and I quickly became disheartened with the whole care sector and left it all behind - left feeling that profits were being put before quality care. I moved on to became a cleaner for a well known company but again felt as if quick was more important than quality, never quite happy with the tasks I had done - always having to leave things half done. Maybe I'm a bit of a perfectionist.. who knows.

I missed caring, but didn't miss working as a carer. A few weeks later I came home to a very touching letter from a very dear client which helped me to realise that I could make a difference, and that my way of working, whilst incompatible with the companies I had worked for, worked. This letter gave me the drive to branch out on my own, to offer an affordable care package to vulnerable people with my own personal touch, Clean&Care offers quality domestic care that concentrates on your personal needs, from daily ironing, meal and medicine preparation, to days out or just a cup of tea and a chat.

If you or someone you know could do with some support get in touch for a chat

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