I have worked as a carer for around 25yrs since my children were young. I worked at a dual registered nursing home doing nights for 15 years. During my time there, I always worked alongside a registered nurse and learnt a great deal from the professionals as well as the service users themselves. Freedom of choice, dignity and respect for all the wonderful people I worked with was a must. I assisted in all aspects of personal care, toileting, hoisting, reassurance and many cups of tea throughout my working night. I gained a lot of experience with different problems including strokes, dementia, incontinence and communication , patience and understanding became a big part of how I provided care. I have assisted with palliative care where the importance of maintaining pressure areas were strictly undertaken to ensure our dear residents were as comfy as possible right to a dignified end. I also helped support families during those difficult and sad times. I then worked for 3 years as a senior carer for the British Red Cross at one of their day care units. This I loved doing. Working as part of a team and mucking in to provide a great day and excellent care for our service users. I would help with games and activities to suit all abilities and fund raise for monthly entertainment to be arranged. I then decided to work privately. I have worked the last 5 years with 2 lovely ladies who both suffered with Alzheimers. This has enabled me to gain much knowledge about this terrible disease and the effects it has on different people thus often causing heartbreak for their carers and loved ones. I absolutely hope to always give 100% doing a job I love and aim to make a positive difference.