Daniel Murray has worked in adult social care for two years. He was drawn to a career in the sector during his time studying Health, Social, and Child Studies at the University of Highlands and Islands. It was while on placement in hospital as a healthcare assistant he fell in love with the job and found his calling.
“There are so many great things about working in adult social care. I’ve met a lot of different and interesting people over a short period of time and it’s very fulfilling to know that your help makes a difference. I’ve built some close relationships with people and I feel very attached to them.
“As a home care assistant, no two days are the same but I generally do morning or dinner slots which either involves helping them wake up, get washed, dressed, and fed for the day, and prepare them for the rest of the day or I’ll help them prepare for bed and anything important for the following day.
“There are challenges to my role, particularly when you see a person’s health deteriorate over time. It’s difficult to watch, especially when they become frailer and sicker. It can be emotional, but you need to be resilient and be there for them and the families. But knowing your role is to help people every day is really motivating and I try my best to adapt to their lives. Over time, you see people become the best they can be.
“I’ve received a lot of training and support during my time as a Home Care Assistant. I’ve been on NHS enhanced courses to learn more about best practices, on-site hygiene, and other aspects of the job. We receive regular refresher training, so we are always prepared for any situation.”
Daniel’s advice to people looking to apply for an adult social care position:
“The job satisfaction is second-to-none. Every day you help people make positive steps and it’s touching to see. You are also very well supported by your colleagues, you have a great network of people around you to help you develop, and you also meet some wonderful people.
“Before applying for any jobs, I would tell people to thoroughly research their role, what it involves, and know exactly what you are going to be doing. You are not just caring for someone, but you are a friend to them. You are there to support them and make their lives better. I could not recommend a career in adult social care more.”