Jim has worked at Leuchie House for the past 17 years and currently cares for Craig. Since starting his career, Jim has enjoyed the host of opportunities and progression offered to him through his role while Craig has enjoyed the deep bond the pair have forged thanks to their caring relationship. Both are sharing their story to demonstrate the impact a role in care has and why it’s the perfect role for people with the right qualities.

Jim said: “Before working in adult social care, I had had various jobs such as working in factories but never fully felt satisfied with that I was doing. Eventually I decided enough was enough and I looked for another career and that’s when I thought about becoming a carer.

“Since making that choice, I’ve been given the opportunity to gain more qualifications than I ever did when I was at school. Thanks to the opportunities on offer, I’ve been able to progress in my career, from Care Assistant all the way through to now being a Senior Care Practitioner, which allows me to have more responsibility over our guests at the house but also over the team of amazing staff that work here.”

Craig said: “During my stay at Leuchie House, I have had a great time and been able to get involved in so many different activities. One of my favorite things to do is visit the gardens with Jim and admire all the different flowers and animals.

Jim and all the carers that work here have been great, from helping me with day-to-day tasks, to sitting and watching the footy. They also always make sure that there is plenty tea and biscuits, which is always a bonus!

“The passion and skills of every single carer at Leuchie House is obvious and they are all so lovely. They have made my stay here even more enjoyable than I could have imagined.”

Jim added: “One of the great things about this job is that every day is so different from the one before. In the morning we assist the guest in getting up and getting ready for their day, whether that be in the house or if they are going out on a trip. It is amazing that even the little things, like assisting the guest with their meals, gives you such a sense of accomplishment as you know you have made a difference to that person’s day.

From the morning rounds to even watching the footy with the guests, every second is better than the last. Making friendships with people like Craig is such a privilege.”

Jim’s advice to people looking to apply for an adult social care position:

“Compared to previous jobs, I know that when I go home at the end of the day, I have done something to help someone and that makes me very happy. The number of opportunities in the industry are endless, so it really is a fantastic way to build a career that you can be proud of. It changed my life, and I am sure it could change others.”