In general, I suppose a lot of people working in the health care sector wouldn’t view what they do as a job. It is hard to imagine many of the million pound earning bankers in London getting up at 6am to go help somebody they’ve only met a few times out of bed on a rainy December morning at 7am, and then go help/assist several others over the next three hours or so before they can even start thinking about fitting in their lunch before helping others with theirs.
It may certainly seem like a job at first, but once you get to know the service users, they do become part of your family, and it can get to the point where you miss not seeing them. That is why all new office care staff go out to meet a lot of our service users when they start, to create that bond so they aren’t just names on a computer screen. I know from experience, when some service users have rung our office, the calls can easily go off topic and end up like two friends chatting away about anything and everything. Service users aren’t just service users, they become friends, and part of the Aylecare family. (We even send them Christmas cards!) We like to see this the other way round too, where the individuals embrace us as a family member/friend helping them rather than a carer. It always brings a smile to our faces hearing service users and carers laughing together. Just seeing the effect the carers calling to them has can lift your mood considerably. Which is why we keep a file of all the thank you cards and letters we have received over the years in our reception for everyone to see.
So, would you consider caring and helping a friend a job? Didn’t think so.