Being a carer is rewarding, fulfilling work for many people.
I’ve been chatting with one of our carers, Merylin. A South African lady she has been a carer with us for 10 years. Merylin loves her job, and below we talk a little bit about her experience of working for Christies.
When her husband died Merylin left South Africa for London. Starting out by helping her friend in his hotel, when he sold up she decided to try caring on a friend’s recommendation. She wanted to do a job that allowed her to travel and not be tied down to an office, or a 9-5 job.
“I have been with Christies for 10 years. I have loved every minute of my work and often think I missed my vocation in life.”
She is honest about the fact it isn’t always easy:
“The first 2 weeks were horrendous. I was exhausted, the client only slept for 3 hours a night. But I was determined to see my 3 months through.”
And that determination saw Merylin through. Since then she has gone from strength to strength and as you can tell she genuinely loves what she does.
She takes her job seriously, but that doesn’t stop her having fun with her clients “I’ve had many a sing song and dance with my clients over the years”.
When I asked her what advice she would give to anyone thinking about applying to work as a carer she said they should go for it. Her advice is to remain positive and patient and accept that you aren’t necessarily going to instantly bond with every client, but it can happen over time. She also encourages you to be as flexible as possible to get the most out of working at Christies.
Because for Merylin the flexibility of the job is important, and it goes both ways. Working as a carer gives you the ability to take off for a few weeks
“… to be a nomad, which lifts my spirits and makes me happy. It is a part of my life that I can’t do without, but working for Christies means I don’t have too.”
But she will always do her best to accommodate requests for help, staying longer or swapping weeks if she can and this helps her build a good relationship with Christies:
“My Blue Support Team are simply the best. They have stood by me throughout quite a few difficulties.”
And Merylin has had some experience of another agency, so she has a comparison
“They seldom phoned or supported me. They put me into a difficult situation with no training. It was dreadful.”
For Merylin though the highlight is still her clients and their families. She was the long term carer for a couple of clients up until their deaths and she still maintains contact with their families.
Finally she would like to remind carers that their Carer Support Team are there to speak to. That they should never be afraid to approach with questions, queries, moans or ideas:
“Christies Care has to be the best care company in England. Our training is first class and if a carer needs to ask a question they will gladly oblige. They don’t forget you are out there! I would never change.”
If you, or someone you know is interested in becoming a live in carer please contact our recruitment team on firstname.lastname@example.org