Why I love being a Home Care Hero
Hi! I’m Emily and I’ve been with Home Care Heroes for the past 6 months. It has been nothing but incredible!
From a young age I’ve been driven by a desire to help people. The snug, warm feeling that comes from helping people is amazing. It’s making me smile just writing about it. I’m always told that I have a massive smile. No doubt this smile is helped by the amazing people I’m surrounded by everyday. Growing up with an older brother with disability made me aware of the challenges people face and has contributed to my drive to help people.
I spent a year overseas studying in Spain in 2015 and had the most awe inspiring time meeting people from all different cultures and backgrounds. It’s the story sharing that fascinates me and the amazing patchwork of experiences we as a collective society have.
When I came home I wanted something more than the everyday and wanted to continue meeting new people. I found Home Care Heroes and knew it would be a perfect fit for me.
Working as a Hero definitely is not your typical job. Every day is different. It’s more than just providing services and helping people out. Whilst I have to admit I was first apprehensive at the responsibility the people I work with make it so much fun and I feel privileged to have this opportunity. In my time with Home Care Heroes I’ve visited new places, shared stories with incredible people and made valuable friendships. I love being able to share my passions of cooking, playing soccer and watching theatre shows and the people I’ve met are able share their passions too. It doesn’t feel like a job and every time I look forward to my bookings, whether it be a chat or a whole day of fun together.
I’ve been able to help a family whose mother was recovering after an operation. I also go out on outings with a young guy with a disability. We’ve been to the Beauty and the Beast musical, movies and out for lunch. The first time we decided on the spur of the moment to go on a car ferry- lots of fun for both of us! I am now starting to do regular reading and writing assistance for another young man with disability. I’ve loved my time so far with Home Care Heroes and can’t wait for more adventures this year!
By Emily Quinn Smyth
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