Welcome to our first blog!
This month our blog is by Victoria Shufflebottom, Recruitment Manager for SCA Care.
Working in care is not everyone’s cup of tea. If you like knowing what each day is going to bring: Emails on a Monday, deliveries on a Tuesday, mid-week chores on a Wednesday then working with us probably isn’t right for you. If however, you’re looking for more flexibility, social interaction and an employer that really supports, then maybe it could be the change you are looking for.
As the new Recruitment Manager for SCA Care I want to share what a career in care means for those joining our team. We are a proudly not-for-profit care organisation, which means our profits get reinvested into what we do – but what does that really mean?
We all have an assumption of what care work means. We’ve seen carers portrayed as harassed, underpaid and cleaning up on the TV. The truth couldn’t be further from that image. Growing old is a privilege that not everyone gets to experience, and we should all be able to live a meaningful and happy life whatever age we are. Sometimes though, we need a little support and kindness in some areas to help other areas of our life remain as rich and happy as we would like them to be.
We also know that you don’t need to be elderly to need support, we help people at all stages of life.
Stepping into someone’s home shouldn’t be something done light-heartedly. They are opening up their home and life to you, and trusting that you’ll treat them and it with respect and dignity. We firmly believe that everyone has their own story and life to live, but becoming familiar with those you visit, building connections through kindness and trust, you will get to know how they tick, and be able to offer support that really makes a difference to them.
By chatting whilst you prepare a meal, listening to a funny tale about their grandchildren, or helping them choose food for tomorrow’s visitors, you are making a difference to their day that no-one else can make. Helping people live at home, where they’ve raised their children, are surrounded by their own belongings and in a place they’ve chosen is hugely rewarding.
We won’t shy away from the truth, there will often be some elements of personal care that you will need to carry out, from helping someone get out of bed and dressed in the morning, to tying up shoe laces so they can leave the house (and yes, we really do put someone’s shoes on at the beginning of the day so that he can go out as he can’t reach his feet!). Patience, understanding and kindness means that this aspect of the job rarely becomes what you remember after a day at work.
You’ll also need to remain professional, this means that if something doesn’t feel right, then act on it, even if it’s just checking in with the office to let the team there know. We’re here to help people live life with a smile, if they’re feeling under the weather, or worried, a couple of quick questions from you could avert something bigger.
This caring, person centered approach doesn’t just extend to the people we support at home, it applies equally to our staff. We are a friendly, chatty, inclusive team who love our jobs. We want to know about you and what makes your day good, after all, if you’re feeling valued, respected and appreciated, you’ll share that feeling with the people you meet each day. We know that not everyone is able to work 9-5 due to their own commitments, and that sometimes having your own time in the middle of the day is useful. We know that some people like to work in the evenings, when partners are around to look after children and save money on childcare costs, we also know that there are some early birds who like to start early and finish by 2pm.
So lets look at the small print. We cover a wide patch here at SCA Care, and we need everyone to be able to provide their own motorised transport for work. We’ll reward you for this, we pay great rates for mileage costs, to cover fuel and wear and tear on your vehicle. We’ll also pay you travel time as you move between visits – this is where the proudly not-for-profit bit comes in. We know the traffic really well (did you know we also provide dial-a-ride services across Southampton?) and we know that at certain times of day it takes longer to get across the city than at others.
We also know that carers don’t really want to be sat in their cars all day, otherwise they would be working for our transport team, but they want to work with people. So we’re looking for people from all over our patch to join our team, this currently includes Southampton, Eastleigh, Chandler’s Ford, Hedge End, Romsey and the New Forest. Send me an email Victoria.firstname.lastname@example.org or give me a quick ring on 07384 795 462 and lets start our conversation about your career in care.
We also have more information about current jobs on our website.
We want everyone, staff and people we support alike, to start each day with a smile, and knowing that today isn’t going to be the same as yesterday!