"There's a myth that anyone who has a liver problem has brought it on themselves" This quote is from a Crohn's disease patient living with a blocked portal vein hoping for a liver transplant (Independent 31st Oct 2010)

Sunday, 7 October 2012

New job

After 3 years at my last job I've decided it was time to move on.
The lovely Human Resources lady who saw me through my sickness absence, and coaxed me gently back into work, has left.  Also the lovely scheduler who understood when I declined too many shifts/ evening work, has left.  None of the present office staff know me, and any form of training or development seems to have dried up.  So despite missing my lovely clients, I've moved away from a privately owned business to a corporate one. 

Pictured above is one of the 'Belong' homes.  They offer elderly care via a mix of 'household' living with 24/7 specialist care, 'apartment' living in self-contained flats joined to the supporting home, and 'home' living which is what I have been doing before - homecare for the elderly out in the wider community.

I'm going to be working with a small team of 10 (there were around 40 where I was before) looking after people in the apartments and in their own homes.

I've had a week of induction training and on Tuesday I start a week of 'shadowing' the senior care team round the mix of clients, before being launched on my own! 


  1. Fiona,
    I hope this works out really well for you. It looks and sounds like a nice set up and environment. I guess the hard part at this point is leaving behind the clients you knew and were working with before.
    I'm sorry about the delayed response to your post. My last month has been crazy. I went to Vermont to visit my sister for a couple of weeks and have a bit of vacation. Unfortunately, most of the vacation was spent at the hospital after my mom slipped on some stairs and broke her pelvis. This past week has been spent just trying to get caught up on restocking the pantry and getting back into the flow of things at home.
    It is nice to know things are well with you.

  2. Sorry to hear about your mum. Broken bones in the elderly can be slow to heal. Hope she is back in her own enviroment now and getting mobile again.
    After a good first two weeks in my new job I've fallen sick with a chest infection or something. Cant be the flu as I had the flu shot. On antibiotics but not getting any better, just worse - fever, headaches, no appetite. Work have had to re-assign my shifts which doesnt look good when you have just started!

  3. Ouch... Sorry to hear you're feeling under the weather. Being sick is never fun and it is even more frustrating when you seem to be getting worse instead of better. I really hope you start improving soon!

    As far as my mom goes, she will be at my sister's in Vermont until mid-November. It is a better set up for her there than at home. It is just more work for my sister. She is coming along nicely with the help of a nurse and physical therapist who stop by the house regularly. She is now able to use the commode on her own in her bedroom and walk the length of the house and back with the assistance of a walker. Bones just take more time to heal than bumps and scratches, which she also had a fair share of. She isn't the kind of person to let something like this keep her down for long: )