So much to do in so little time

Posted on September 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

Care plans seem to change more slowly than do older people¹s needs. A care assistant tells of her frustrations as she hurries to complete her tasks and still find time to do that little bit extra. Wet mornings do make a difference ­ they mean I waste precious time struggling in and out of my wet coat, dealing with my umbrella and getting held up in heavier traffic than usual. Lost minutes are minutes that keep my clients waiting. Who are my clients? They are 10 older people, each living in their own home and determined to continue in that way. Each one of them needs some assistance from me, or one of my colleagues, to enable them to continue to live the life of their choice. I am a care worker and I work in a busy city suburb. I have been doing this job for more than three years and, despite the difficulties, I enjoy it very much. I have been visiting some of my current clients for quite a while. It is just after 7.30am ­ I am three minutes late and I have just reached Rosemary¹s flat. I pick up the inte

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