We are proud to share this interview with one of our fantastic carers and the special lady she supports. It gives an insight to the wonderful friendship they share, and the difference that receiving support with living at home makes.
It’s all about being able to live at home
Sue Pimm, a Community Carer with Brunelcare’s North Somerset Community Services team, has been caring for Mary Rodwell in her home for 5 years now, since Mary returned home from a hospital stay in 2012 and was assigned homecare.
All daily care and support needs met
Mary receives 4 visits a day from two Carers, Sue being her main Carer.
Sue previously worked as a Carer in a residential home in the Clevedon area, and since joining Brunelcare nine years ago has derived even more satisfaction from working as a Community Carer, providing care and support to people in their own homes.
Mary said the thing she appreciates most about Sue is:
“Sue is incredibly organised, always on top of what I need”.
Mary confirmed that she is very happy with the care and support she is receiving, and displays so much poise and confidence that must come partly from being able to live in her own home. She wouldn’t want it any other way.
There are many ways Sue supports Mary’s needs, enabling her to remain in control of her day to day life. Sue and her co-Carers support Mary with personal care, helping move her around her home, attending to all personal care, providing and preparing her daily meals, keeping her room orderly and clean, checking medication is ordered and available – and providing good company. The two share a great sense of humour and have much in common, in part due to having lived and worked in the same locality all their lives.
Another character who is very much a part of both their lives is Merlie, Mary’s proud and feisty cat, pictured with them both today. He is clearly happily incorporated by Sue within the daily care plan!
Being able to live happily in your own home
When asked why she chooses to work as a Carer, Sue replied:
“I just love caring for people”.
“It’s about enabling someone to stay living in their own home and helping someone who can’t do the basic things for them self”.
Sue also commented on how people’s health and wellbeing is definitely improved if they can return and stay at home after a hospital stay or as they get used to receiving long-term daily or more occasional care at home, all avoiding the need to move out of their home and into a residential care home setting.
Sue finished by saying for those considering working in care:
“I’d definitely recommend a community care role! The job offers freedom of getting out and about and satisfaction from seeing people living happily in their own home and remaining part of their local community, amongst friends and family.”
To find out more:
The care services and job opportunities Brunelcare provides, see our Current Vacancies – Care & Support roles
More about our Help at Home services
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