Adult support worker steps up in challenging times
Beth Coates-Bridgewater, studying Adult Care Level 3 Diploma at Leeds City College, is an adult care support worker within the community. We caught up with her to discover how these worrying times have affected her role.
How did you get into this profession?
I’ve always dreamed of working in a caring role. Since I was young, I waitressed for many years but I knew something was missing. A caring position became available which I applied for, eight years later, I am still working at Aspire Community Benefit Society.
How did your interest develop during your role?
My passion grew stronger as I got to know the service users really well. It’s important to understand their individual needs and personalities in order to support them the best I can. Prior to this role, I had very little experience working with individuals with learning disabilities, so it was important I prepared for the role and constantly learnt on the job.
How have recent events affected your workplace?
We made sure to maintain a high level of hygiene and accessibility to hand gel. Cleaning is always part of my daily routine, so I made extra care to thoroughly clean everything.
What challenges have you faced during these times?
I’ve been struggling with the lack of face-to-face social interaction with my family, I really miss them but also understand that the precautions are necessary.
What advice would you give to someone considering a similar role?
It is very challenging, tiring and stressful, but the role is incredibly rewarding and the individuals you meet will stick with you forever. You will have some of the best times of your life, helping to make a difference to the lives of those you support.
Keep on going, everything is temporary and nothing lasts forever. One day we will look back on this and breathe a sigh of relief as we got through it.
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