Being a part of the team at Frome Nursing Home is far more than ‘just a job’ and that’s what everyone at the home will tell you! Becky, a Care Practitioner, has been at Frome Nursing Home for over six years. She shares her thoughts and experiences of being part of the Frome family and the advice she’d give to anyone wanting to pursue a career in health and social care.
1. Tell us about your working role at Frome Nursing Home?
“My role as a Care Practitioner is amazing, fulfilling and heart-warming. We enable and empower the people that live with us to live with independence, happiness, and dignity. I love that my role isn’t task driven. My day revolves around the people who live here which means every day is different! My role is to support the nurses and the care team, just a small part of this support can be to ensure those who live at the home are engaged in occupation. This can be as simple as knitting, reading a book, listening to music or just holding hands. Just as you would if you were doing this with friends or loved ones.”
2. How long have you been at Frome Nursing Home?
“I’ve worked at Frome Nursing Home for over 6 years now. I started as a Care Assistant in 2013, then after signing up for our Leadership Programme, I became a House Leader. Today, I am a Care Practitioner – a position I have worked hard to gain as this enables me to support the clinical team in ensuring that people remain in good health as well as continuing to provide wellbeing support with the care team.”
3. What do you enjoy most about your working day?
“I love that I get to be a part of those special moments that happen each and every day here at Frome. That can be sharing an embrace, a trip out for the day or joining in with a crossword! It’s the connections with the people that live and work in the home that make being part of Frome so incredible.”
4. How did you get into the care sector?
“I watched my closest relatives become poorly and need help. That experience was what made my decision to pursue a career in care. I studied health and social care at school and then at Sixth Form. I had friends who were working here at the time and they always gave positive reviews of the home. It has always been a dream of mine to be able to look after people how they want to be looked after, and here at Frome, I realised I could.”
5. What would you recommend to anyone looking to work in the care sector?
“If you are someone who is passionate about helping people, value driven, compassionate and caring, wants a rewarding experience and loves connecting with people then I’d recommend the care sector to you! At times it can be emotionally challenging, but the training we receive provides us all with the skills we need so we can support everyone who lives and works with us.”
6. What is the vision/future for Frome?
“Our vision for Frome is for everyone to love, take part in occupation, have purpose, share laughter and tears. That we continue in this vein to enhance the lives of those living with us, whether that be for a short time or for anyone wanting to call Frome their home. There are exciting plans for Frome over the coming months and I look forward to being part of that future.”
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