Posted: Wednesday 5th July 2017
As part of our #WorkingForYou A to Z, we are bringing you a different county council service each day, illustrating the wide range of services we provide and introducing you to the people who are working for you.
C is for Care Practitioner
Every minute of every day care practitioners are working throughout Hertfordshire looking after some of our more vulnerable residents.
People like Naison, 45, who became a carer in 2013 after quitting his job as a delivery driver to look after his diabetic father.
“That was the first time I had really had to look after somebody,” said Naison.
“He was blind so I had to take care of his personal care, feed him, take him out for a walk. He passed away eventually and that’s when I decided that I wanted to go into care and help other people.”
Naison is now one of nearly 30,000 carers across the county who provide over 1.7m hours of care every year to nearly 4,500 residents.
He has worked at Ware Road Day Service in Hertford, which caters for adults with physical and learning disabilities, mental health problems and dementia, for almost a year.
“My day starts by going out to clients’ houses to pick them up and bring them to the centre,” he said.
“As soon as they come in here we help them take off their coats and give them a cup of tea and toast. Then we read the newspapers for them and discuss things in general like current affairs and what’s going on.
“After that we go into activities; we have loads and they love it. Bingo, darts, card games, dominoes – it’s so much fun!”
“For me though it’s not the activities that are the best part, it’s talking to the clients and listening to them. It’s really important that people are listened to in their lives.”
Naison is also keen to dispel the myth that working in care is all about looking after people and changing their clothes.
“That’s not care to me,” says Naison. “It’s about making people happy and being there with them when they need you. You can see that you are making a difference and changing people’s lives.”
He says he has received lots of training since starting his new career which has really helped him and made his role much, much easier.
And it’s definitely one that he would recommend to other people.
“For anyone considering a career in care I would say go for it!” adds Naison.
“I never thought I would be able to do this but it makes me feel happy to see our clients really enjoying their life. It makes me happy to see that I’m doing something for them.”
“Things like that make me really want to get up out of my bed and come to work.”
We are looking for care practitioners to work in our in house services and care providers across Herts are recruiting too, go to www.hertsgoodcare.com to find out more.
To find out more about the services we provide, visit http://bit.ly/2t8Y7Xz
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