A Day in the Life of Linda | Elder Care Support Worker
Last week I was invited to follow Stayathome Care Support Worker Linda on the Elder care round, visiting clients across the Roseland Peninsula. I arrived bright and early at the Stayathome office, where I received Infection Control training and was handed my uniform for the day. Soon Linda arrived and away we went!
We checked in with a couple of clients in the morning, where Linda helped with washing up and light housework. Before leaving, we filled out the Client Information Home Packs before heading off to our next stop. The Client Information Home Packs are filled out with every visit, keeping our Care Support Workers up to date with clients needs throughout the day.
As Linda pulled up to our next stop, the Homeyard Homes, we took a moment to admire the beautiful castle-like houses that greeted us. The residents here operate a card system, where a green card shows the Care Support Worker that the client would like to be seen. All of the cards were set to red that day, indicating the clients didn’t want to be disturbed and so we jumped back into the car and headed off to see our next client, Kate.
When we arrived, Kate was sitting in her red armchair with her cat shaped hand-warmer. After fetching Kate’s cardigan from her bedroom, Linda set to work preparing lunch. On the menu today was Royal Game Soup, bread and a yogurt. As the soup warmed in the microwave, Kate and I chatted together, discussing the typical overcast Cornish weather.
While Kate tucked into her lunch, Linda set to work ensuring her medication was administered correctly. We then turned on the television for Kate, so she could listen to Radio 4. Kate uses headphones to hear the TV, which caused lots of laughter, as she couldn’t hear what we were saying!
The Elder care round took us around Veryan and Portloe. Our next stop saw us heading back to Tregony to see Rex, who had been at a doctor’s appointment and missed our call in the morning. We found him and his cat Bear eagerly awaiting their Meals on Wheels to arrive. Bear is a rescue cat, who enjoys tormenting Linda and the other Care Support Workers at Stayathome. He’s known for his right hook, swinging at Linda every time she passed the settee. Rex invited me to sit next to Bear, which I politely declined, as Linda had previously told me of the scratches she’d received on many occasions!
While we waited for the meals on wheels delivery to arrive, Linda set to work, attending to Rex’s personal and household needs. The washing machine was soon whirring and his Client Information Home Pack updated. While he sipped on his cup of tea, we heard the crunch of tyres on gravel outside and welcomed the delivery driver in. After reheating the meal, we left Rex to it!
We ventured to Porscatho to visit our final client of the morning, Ella. We walked up the drive to her beautiful blue cottage, where we met fellow Stayathome Care Support Worker, Amanda. We emptied the washing machine and cleared up the empty plates and bowls before heading to the kitchen to prepare lunch.
Ella had been celebrating her birthday the day before, so lots of birthday cards and gifts were on display in her room. In the kitchen we heated leek and potato soup and brewed loose leaf tea – Ella’s favourite! On the counter top we discovered a tin with Ella’s birthday cake inside; the perfect afternoon treat! After helping Ella with her lunch and serving a generous slice of cake, we headed back to the Stayathome office, in search of lunch ourselves!
I really enjoyed assisting Linda and learning more about the Elder care round. It was great exploring Veryan and the Roseland Peninsula, which I hadn’t seen much of before and I really enjoyed meeting and talking with our clients. All in all it was a fantastic day and I cannot wait to shadow more of our Elder Care Support Workers soon!