One of the many – a care worker’s view
LOUISE MORTIMER muses on her role as a care assistant at Leonard Cheshire’s Seven Rivers nursing home in Colchester, Essex
I am one of the many. That is, I am one of the many women who dutifully and diligently go out to work and tend to the needs of others. Am I an underpaid, undervalued, overstretched and out-resourced nurse? No, I am a care assistant.
Mine is a job mainly done by women. There are a few men but, in 15 years of working in care I have seen very few male carers.
At present, for every male carer a