Become a care worker and transform lives – Pam’s story

People, Health and Care
10:52, Thursday, 15th October 2020

Compassionate, caring and committed people are needed to work in the care sector more than ever. The newly launched Proud to Care campaign and website makes it easy to search for job opportunities and launch your career in care.

Becoming a care worker offers the chance to make a real difference in the heart of the community, as one Scunthorpe woman tells us. Pam, 61, has spoken of her gratitude to the local care workers that have gone the extra mile to transform her life.

Nine years ago, Pam suffered an accident that was to have life-changing consequences. Damage to her spine left her wheelchair-bound. But determined to reclaim her independence, she underwent a course of physiotherapy and accepted the services of a care provider.

Pam explained: “I can do a lot of things for myself, although they do take me longer, but without the incredible support from care workers, I would be bed-bound or hugely reliant on my family. The support they give me enables me to maintain my independence and dignity.

“When you receive care from someone, you must have a lot of trust and respect, and that works both ways.

“Each care worker has their own individual personality and I really value the relationships I have built up with them over the years. They have supported me through difficult times by showing compassion, reassuring me and making me feel valued by knowing what is important to me, they are priceless.”

The crucial contribution care workers make has been recognised during the pandemic alongside NHS workers and has received national praise.

“Words can’t express the gratitude I have for them. They are there for me when I need them and have always gone the extra mile. The freedom I have is down to them”, Pam added.

Crucially for Pam, the support of care workers meant that she was able to maintain the dynamic of relationships in her family, ensuring her child remained her son, instead of her carer.

Pam’s son, said: “It’s a real pleasure to hear mum talking about the brilliant care workers she has had the joy of meeting since her accident. She really values their company and loves chatting to them about their own lives and what is going on in the world.

“It is such a relief to know that mum gets the support she needs. The peace of mind we get knowing mum is still very independent means so much to us.”

If you think you can make a difference to someone’s life, like Pam’s care workers have, then please visit the Proud to Care website, where you will find information, guidance and testimonies from inspirational care workers.

Would you like to thank a care worker that has helped you or a loved one? Email your story to: proudtocare@northlincs.gov.uk. The team look forward to hearing from you.