What a buzz be­ing a carer

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Street Watch -

MAN­NING AS chief ex­ec­u­tive of South­care I re­cently had the op­por­tu­nity of spend­ing the day with Cathy, a CareSupport Worker at South­care who has more than 25 years of ex­pe­ri­ence in the aged care com­mu­nity.

Cathy was my men­tor/buddy as I took on the role of be­ing a carer for the day.

We started early at 7am. Our first client was a 90-year-old woman who re­ceives per­sonal care and meal prepa­ra­tion ser­vices from South­care.

As a care sup­port worker, I re­alised that I was in a very priv­i­leged re­la­tion­ship with this client who let us into her home, al­lowed us to sup­port her and shared her life with us at the same time.

At the same time, I also saw how pro­fes­sional Cathy was in sup­port­ing the client while check­ing her ser­vice plan and remembering all the lit­tle de­tails about her ‘spe­cial ways’ and var­i­ous needs.

Cathy’s role was busy, var­ied, re­ward­ing and en­er­gis­ing and she was held in high re­gard by all the clients we saw that day.

Her abil­ity to pace her­self in line with the client’s needs and de­sires was in­spir­ing to ex­pe­ri­ence.

Along with our clients, care sup­port work­ers are at the foun­da­tion of South­care’s ser­vices.

We sup­port our care work­ers with pro­fes­sional train­ing, equip­ment and com­mu­ni­ca­tion so that we can con­tinue to pro­vide ex­cel­lent client ser­vices and sup­port.

Be­ing a carer for the day showed me that these val­ues are pay­ing off for South­care, our clients and our em­ploy­ees like Cathy.

Nicky Howe, South­care

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