Sebi is a Senior Care Assistant who works at Saxonwood Care Home in Battle. He told us about his role and what it's like to work at Saxonwood...
“I moved to England from Romania three years ago and since I arrived I have worked as a care assistant and have been promoted to a senior carer.
When I first started as a carer, I worked for a care agency. I would visit different care homes and often worked 60 hours a week, I enjoyed working but I didn’t get any sick leave or paid holiday.
I was an agency member of staff at Saxonwood for some time and then I decided to become a permanent employee at the Sussex Housing & Care owned home. In my role as a senior care assistant, I have to lead the care team, liaise with visiting health professionals and make sure the correct medication is given to residents. I have to give mental effort to my role, making sure everything is done safely and properly.
These days people are tending to come into a care home later in life and with higher needs, so over the years I have gained a lot of experience.
The team here at Saxonwood is great, we work together well. I am always open with our management and we can easily feedback and share ideas, Sigita and Roxi are great at listening and supporting us.
The values of Sussex Housing & Care are good, I am able to develop and learn, and there are opportunities for promotion. I’m about to start studying a Level 3 in Health and Social Care and would like to get to Level 5.
The residents really matter to us, there is always lots going on which is brilliant and something I didn’t see in other care homes. I love the time I spend with residents and making them smile, especially when we’re all having a party or celebration together. We plan our residents activities with them and their families, and also with the staff team. I loved getting involved and taking part, it’s really good.
By having lots on at Saxonwood the carers can have a different focus on their role, apart from the daily routine, and it feels like you’re not at work, you’re having a good time with residents.
We build such a good relationship with residents, I get told off by them if I don’t say good night when I leave! But this makes me feel really valued and part of the Saxonwood family.”
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