“I first came into contact with St Christopher’s when they looked after Mum in 1996 and again when they cared for Dad until 2016. I really admired the way that the staff cared for both of them and when I saw a job advert for the Personal Care service I knew I had to apply.
“Having been a carer for my parents and then completing the training to become a personal carer I can see that if I’d just had a fraction of the knowledge and skills that I have now, I would’ve felt so much more confident and capable to care for my Dad. Things like how to move and lift people, managing medications, how to identify certain signs and changes both physically and in their personality.
“Even simple things like how to clean someone who has incontinence and how to put a catheter bag on them. When I was caring for Dad I didn’t know how to lift him correctly and have since discovered I have a compromised disc in my back.
“You always want to help a loved one when they need it and you don’t consider the impact it may have on you. It’s so important to know how to help someone safely for you both.
“When I was first told about the new training programmes that will be on offer in the Learning Hub I was delighted, as I know how much these skills would have helped me and that so many people will be able to benefit from them. Just half a day of training would make such a difference.”