From career changers to university students to people who simply want to make a difference, today’s successful care workers come from all walks of life. And this week their outstanding work - in the most challenging of circumstances - has been honoured during Professional Care Workers Week.
To celebrate the ‘Everyday Heroes’ who make up the majority of their staff, leading residential care provider Balhousie Care Group has been featuring its carers on its various social media channels. Professional Care Workers Week is part of an initiative from The Care Workers’ Charity to celebrate all care workers and give them the respect and recognition they deserve.
Dan Walker, a Care Assistant at Balhousie Pitlochry care home, said he went into a care role after some advice from a loved one:
“I got into care work on my wife’s recommendation after deciding to change careers. The best part of my job is that no day is the same and every resident has a story to tell.”
18-year-old Emma Simpson is a Care Assistant at Balhousie Huntly care home and about to start university later this month. She loves the flexibility of being able to keep up her role at Huntly while studying. She said:
“What I enjoy most about working in care is making a positive difference to the residents’ day and seeing them smile and laugh. I love how every day is different to the next and I’m learning every day.”
Born in Romania, Flo Hodorog Snr has 12 years experience as a carer and now works at Balhousie Ruthven Towers in Auchterarder. He loves seeing the joy he can bring to others. He said:
“Helping others and being able to understand the emotional needs of our residents when they are missing their families so much during this pandemic helps me feel fulfilled.”
Balhousie’s 1,400 strong workforce are called ‘Everyday Heroes’ by the organisation, something that personifies their many carers at the heart of each of the Group’s 26 care homes.
Currently recruiting for carers in their Perthshire care homes, Balhousie hopes that by celebrating their Everyday Heroes during Professional Care Workers Week, they can highlight the many benefits of a career in the care sector.
Jill Kerr, Group Chief Executive of Balhousie Care Group, said:
“Our care teams are true ‘Everyday Heroes’ in every sense and are the beating heart of our homes. It is wonderful to be able to recognise the tireless work they do every day looking after our residents and service users across our homes as well as present the opportunities available to pursue a rewarding career in the care sector.”
For more information about the career opportunities at Balhousie Care Group visit www.balhousiecare.co.uk/careers