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The Domestic Worker

domesticworkerJulie Sarvan, is employed as a Domestic in a Care Home Gloucester. This is her experience of life in a Care Home.

Well I work at a home in Bicester as a domestic and I thought it would be good to let people know about life from my point of view. I do my best at my job. Because I'm there for a lot of the day, I hear what goes on but I keep myself to myself.

The Care Staff are ok – if you're further down the pecking order, you're given the dirty jobs to do all the time, which isn't fair. They complain about it a lot, and then often start to be sick a lot, and then leave. There isn't usually anyone to speak to, and they some of them come to me for a moan, because they know I won't say anything, but that doesn't stop the problem, does it?

The residents are looked after though. They're mostly just frail and elderly, so they are often quite happy to look at magazines, or some of them knit – but mostly, they watch TV. The Charge Nurse is always around, and she's really good, if someone wants something.

Visiting hours are after lunch, and the staff are quite good at making sure everyone's ok. It's a small care home, so everybody knows everybody else – if one of the residents isn't feeling too great, they usually get a grip of things pretty quickly, I think.

Anyway, what I will say is that night times are not well sorted. There's nothing to do but watch TV most of the day, but evenings are even worse. When I'm there in the evenings, I often think they should just switch the TV off and talk. If you get talking to the residents like I often do, you find they've done some pretty amazing stuff in their time. Sometimes I think the staff just see the residents as part of their job. Cleaning is part of my job – I think the residents are the perks.