Our Carer case studies, care home based
Wojciech Jankowiak's story
“I work as a Unit Care Leader at Brunelcare’s Robinson House care home.
I started at Robinson House as a Carer in 2016, then became a Senior Carer and have recently been promoted to Unit Care Leader. My role in the home is very similar to that of a nurse, in that I deal with medication and dressings.
I came to the UK in 2010, originally working as a Carer for a care provider based in Nailsea. I joined Brunelcare because I was looking for an employer who provided more career progression and training opportunities – and I have certainly been able to make the most of my career ambitions whilst working at Robinson House.
My ambition is to become a nurse, and with Brunelcare’s support, I start my nursing degree in January 2019, hoping to qualify within 3-4 years’ time. I am at a point in my care and nursing career where I feel very happy and motivated.
I enjoy working in care because there is always something new I can bring to the job, testing new techniques of caring for people, especially those living with dementia.
If someone is considering a career in care my advice would be to make the most of opportunities to develop your skills – and Brunelcare will support you with that. You will need to have a strong sense of initiative, to be a good communicator, a very good listener – with the added ability to help those you care for express themselves. So you do need to be someone who enjoys getting to know people!
As a Carer, I am finding that there is plenty of opportunity to develop your career with training and extra qualifications. Another thing I would say is that I firmly believe young people have so much they can bring to a care job.
In 10 years’ time I would definitely still like to be working in the care industry.”
Debbie Shelton's story
“I work as a Care Assistant at Brunelcare’s Robinson House care home.
Moving to the care sector was a big change for me as I worked previously as a Cleaning Supervisor, working in the cleaning industry for 12 years.
I joined Brunelcare in 2016, specifically applying to work as a Care Assistant in Robinson House care home. I had worked for another care provider just before that for a one year as a Community Carer, providing care to people in their homes. Doing that job I became attracted to the idea of providing care in a care home; being based in one place rather than travelling between care appointments.
The main attraction of working as Carer is how much more rewarding I find my job, now that I work with and for people. I love that my job is now one that really benefits others, helping people who can’t help themselves.
Today, for example, I managed to persuade a gentlemen out of bed for the first time in ages – he has been reluctant to leave his bed and room. When he did get up he said he ‘felt good’! That kind of happy occurrence, and it happens all the time, gives me a good feeling when I head home after work.
The main benefit of the job is the wonderful people you work with and care for. I love sitting and talking to those I care for, they have so much to say. Their memories are precious – it’s important to talk about them.
I can see myself working in the care industry for years. I’m always proud to say ‘I am a Carer!’ ”