Carers Week 2021: “Caring is in my blood. I’ve always had a very strong instinct to look after people and do what I can to make them feel better”

For Carers Week 2021 (7-13 June), we celebrate and recognise the important contribution of carers across the UK who support and care for people who are older, have a disability, mental or physical illness or need additional help.

Sharon is Senior Carer at Sue Ryder Neurological Care Centre Lancashire. She shares her experience of supporting residents, the team pulling together through the pandemic and how caring for others is something she feels she was born to do.

Sharon, Senior Carer at Sue Ryder Neurological Care Centre Lancs

Making a positive difference to people’s lives

I first got into caring in my early twenties, but very soon after life got in the way. I became a mum for the first time and my dad fell ill and needed full-time assistance, so it was many years before I was employed as a carer again, but I was doing it day after day at home.

I’ve worked for Sue Ryder as a carer for almost 5 years and I can honestly say that I love what I do and love working at the new Sue Ryder Neurological Care Centre in Lancashire. I remember being offered the job and feeling like it was meant to be, I was absolutely delighted to be joining a great organisation and making a really positive difference to people’s lives. 

Supporting residents and each other in the pandemic

I’ve always felt that caring is a vocation, you’re either born to do it or you aren’t and that was certainly put to the test over the last year working through the COVID-19 pandemic. 

It makes me very emotional to think about it, but I really feel like I had my part to play in making sure that our residents were as safe as possible whilst looking after their social, mental and physical needs.

Sharon in PPE with a resident during the coronavirus pandemic
Sharon in PPE with a resident during the coronavirus pandemic

Throughout that time, the staff at the centre really pulled together and got through it as a team. If you needed a chat on a tough day or a couple of minutes to get your head together, there was always someone there to help and lean on. 

We really are just like a big family and going through such a difficult time together has just made us stronger and better equipped to look after the needs of our residents, who we hold very dear.

“I wouldn’t want to do anything else”

Over the last year I’ve also become a Senior Carer, something I’m very proud of. Developing our knowledge is something that the centre is always encouraging us to do and there is always some sort of training being offered to help improve our skills and ability. I think it’s really important that we try our best and offer the best care possible. 

Caring is in my blood. I’ve always had a very strong instinct to look after people and do what I can to make them feel better. If our residents are happy, I am happy. Caring really is the perfect job for me, I wouldn’t want to do anything else.

Find out more information on Sue Ryder Neurological Care Centre Lancashire, the specialist neurological care they provide and ways you can help to support them.

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Sharon, Senior Carer at Sue Ryder Neurological Care Centre Lancashire

Senior Carer

Sharon

Sharon is Senior Carer at Sue Ryder Neurological Care Centre Lancashire. She works as part of the healthcare team looking after the social, mental and physical needs of residents.