A Day in the Life of a Care Worker for the Elderly
At Comfort Keepers, our care workers have a range of different roles. Some of our care workers provide 24-hour care, whereas some will pop into a client’s house to prepare dinner or even just have a chat. It’s one of the great things about the job – every day is different!
However, here is what a ‘typical’ day could well look like for one of our trained care workers who visits numerous clients on a daily basis.
Early Start for First Client
Care workers often start early, and the first client of the day may need help getting out of bed. They may have arthritis or another condition that makes doing this themselves difficult. Bathing and dressing are other common morning activities for care workers to help with, and providing these services helps clients to look and feel as good as possible when starting the day.
The care worker may then help to cook breakfast for the client, or they may move on to their next client’s home to do some other tasks. This is often a good time to enjoy a chat and catch up on the latest news. Our service places a heavy emphasis on companionship, and many of our clients appreciate being able to talk to someone regularly. Some may have no family members or friends living nearby, and a simple chat can make all the difference to their day.
Next Up, Housework
On the next visit, the care worker may take the opportunity to do some basic housework for the client. Housework is often something that elderly people or people with disabilities may not be able to do themselves. Even something as simple as vacuuming the living room, making the bed or washing the dishes can make a huge difference to a client’s day.
Lunch and a Chat
The care worker may then help another client to prepare lunch. Care workers often prepare wholesome meals to help clients who are unable to prepare food themselves because eating a healthy meal is so important to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. In addition to preparing the meal, the care worker may help the client to carry out their shopping by visiting the local supermarket.
During the afternoon, a care worker may help a client with a simple activity. It could simply involve going for a short walk in the local area, or taking the laundry to the laundrette. Elderly people may not feel confident going far on their own, so having company can be a great help.
Last Call for the Day
The care worker may then help their client to cook dinner, and they may also remind them to take their medication. They may help them to the toilet or help them take a bath at the end of the day before going home.
Care workers often work long days, and it’s important for them to unwind and relax at the end of the day to ensure they are ready for the day ahead.
From Companionship to Live-in Care
Our services provide the opportunity for independence at home to older people who would rather stay in their own home rather than move into a care home. We offer companionship and support, and our experienced care workers are trusted to provide the care you need. All of our care plans are unique, and they can be adapted for the different levels of care required, from popping in once a day to live-in care. If you would like more information on any of our services, get in touch and we’ll be happy to talk you through your options.