Niamh works for June Home Care in Loughborough as a community care professional and Client Lead. Niamh is an Inspired to Care Ambassador and invited us to join her on her shift to find out about her role.
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7.30am - Getting ready for work
Good morning! I'm on early shifts this week. My first call is usually at 7am but I got a lie in today as I started at 8am instead.
My job title is Client Lead and I work for June Home Care. As a Client Lead I carry out care visits but I also have additional responsibilities that include carrying out care plans and risk assessments.
8.00am - First care visit of the day
My first shift of the day today is a 'double-up' call. This means I am working alongside a colleague to provide care and support. Today I am working with Chloe. Here she is ready to go in her PPE.
8.37am - Providing personal care
We support this client to have a shower every morning. Some of our clients have wet rooms to make it easier for them to get in and out of the shower. Our client in this visit uses a commode chair to sit on whilst showering as they struggle to stand up for long periods of time.
9.34am - Preparing breakfast for a client
I'm now at my second client. They are already up and starting to get ready for their day. This client is able to do their personal care independently so I do not need to support them with getting ready. My role is to be a friendly face, to help them prepare breakfast, and then support them to take their medication.
9.45am - Driving between clients' houses
I'm in the car ready to drive to my next client. I like listening to the radio in the car. Right now I'm listening to Capital FM, but I like to flick over to Radio 1 when the adverts come on.
10.15am - Writing client notes
At June Home Care we write all of our client notes on a secure app called Access Care Planning. We log in at the start of every visit and then we tick off each activity as we complete them. We then log out when we leave. Using this software helps us to deliver person-centred care because it gives a description under each task to explain how the client likes to receive care and support.
10.58am - Using assistive technology
I'm back working with Chloe now as this client requires two care professionals to provide support. We are using a rotunda to support the client to move from her bed to her commode and then into her comfy chair so she can enjoy some rice pudding.
12.00pm - Lunchtime visits begin
After midday we move on to delivering lunchtime support visits. My client has chosen to have steak in ale and mash for his lunch. I have supported him to prepare the meal. I will also support him to prepare a drink as it is important that we ensure our clients stay hydrated throughout the day.
1.15pm - Time for my lunch break
It's my lunch break now. Sometimes I bring a packed lunch rom home but when I am on early shifts I prefer to dip into the shops to pick something up. I've gone for a cheeky meal deal today.
1.30pm - Tour of my car boot organiser
This is my top tip for community care professionals! Get a car boot organiser to separate your PPE. I love mine, it makes life so much easier!
2.30pm - My last call of the day
I'm now at my last visit of the day. I'm working alongside my colleague Adrienne. She is one of our Senior Care Assistants. We are using a hoist to support our client to move from her bed to her comfy chair. It is important that she spends some time out of her bed and sat in her chair to strengthen her back and relieve her skin to prevent pressure sores.
3.30pm - Care plans and risk assessments
i have visited all of my visits for the day. I am heading home now to complete some care plans and risk assessments. These form part of my role as a Client Lead.
Thank you for spending the day with me!
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