So who ever said care work was easy? The thing is, no one tells you how hard it is.
Try being on your feet for more than 12 hours a day – and I mean on your feet and physically active.
Try keeping a smile on your face regardless of whatever may be thrown your way (sometimes very literally)
Try takimg the responsibility for anything going wrong and not beimg recognised for anything going well.
Lo and behold you feel ill – thats a road straight to the blacklist.
Heavwn forbid you highlight aby potential problems for you may be labelled as a snitch.
Dont dare question nurse or manager decisions even though they may be totally wrong.
Remember when you make a decision in a person’s best interest is will undoubtedly lead to a reprimand.
When you highlight gaps or things that need attention you are just nit picking and its not your job. If you don’t and senior managers,relatives or inspectors pick up on a problem its your fault for not reporting it.
If you are spending time with service users you are being idle and avoiding other work but if you leave the room and someone falls or chokes or has any other unfortunate mishap it is your fault for not being there.
If someone in care needs anything you’ll be cast off and basically told to do what you must do. When you sort out what person needs you’re probably going to be acting outside one or another policy or procedure.
This is just the tip of the iceberg. You will probably only truly understand what I mean if you have worked in care. I coild elaborate but I would be fired for doing so.
No, my friends, work in care is the lowest paid yet hardest job.
For reasons of self preservation you should probably look for another job – if you are fond of the people you care for you will know how hard it would be to turn your back on those who need you most, and you will just have to deal with it.
Yours in blogging