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i have worked in as a support worker in a home for the dissabled for 7 years,and am due back in 2 weeks after my maternity leave the thing is whilst i was away from work i have been debating whethe… Read More
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8y, 11m agoPosted 8 years, 11 months ago
i have worked in as a support worker in a home for the dissabled for 7 years,and am due back in 2 weeks after my maternity leave

the thing is whilst i was away from work i have been debating whether to return or not,so i decided on trying a couple of other jobs out,i was interviewed for a caretaker in school opposite and the other doing home care.i got both jobs but decided on taking the caretaker job,the home care seemed peeed of with me about it

so i started the job in school only after a week i realised it was far to heavy for me as i would have to move tables in and out of the building as they had excercise classes there in the evenings so i gave it up,they were disapointed as they were happy with my work there

so i grovelled back to the home care who took me on,i like the home care but i feel im a bit of a jobs worth as u only have half an hour per client and that half an hour includes travelling to and from there house and onto the next client.the supervisors seem to be poorly trained themselves and did not seemed very clued up on things,infact towards the end of the evening the girl i was working alongside was saying to me "tell me if im doing anything wrong"

after speaking to a supervisor it seems there is chances to get promoted with the agency but the pay isnt that great considering u dont get petrol allowance and because i always work over the allocate time slots as personally i feel if the client pays for 30mins they should get the full time they are paying for and not leaving 10 mins early to get to next client,

anyway today i had a text message of the caretaker asking if i could go back to work there if they arranged for someone else to move tables etc for me

i just dont know what to do for the best,i have cut back my hours to just every other weekend in my long term job so i can do 2 jobs but which should i do,i just cant decide and i dont want to mess people around

sorry for boring u with this
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8y, 11m agoPosted 8 years, 11 months ago
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1 Like #1
home help is notorious for situation like you find yaself in. Recently saw case on gmtv or such like someones mum had home help and for over a week it was proven they had not checked up . The helper left comments in a diary that had to be filled daily like fed cat n made mrs. X cup of tea blahblah blah when clearly hadnt as lady in question was actually in hospital. The agency claimed to have fired carer in question. But thats 1 out of im sure 100s , just she got caught with cast iron proof.
The school would have more job security i would presume and if they were happy with ya work id make sure you got in writing about help if needed with heavy lifting
1 Like #2
I personally would go for the caretakers job seeing as they have offered you help with the lifting part
#3
caretaker job def-homecare while it works for some people is not a good move imo. I know someone who was made supervisor in a matter of weeks and i seriously would not like her to supervise me as she has no experience! it seems a bad environment. Not a good situation for carers or the poor people who need help.
I hope you make the best choice for you.
#4
another example i asked the "supervisor" if they had any clients with MRSA?
she said no none with that disability just old age etc(she thought mrsa was a disability??)
1 Like #5
edjaned
another example i asked the "supervisor" if they had any clients with MRSA?
she said no none with that disability just old age etc(she thought mrsa was a disability??)


caretakers job sounds as if they care a bit more and they have agreed to move the table so it sounds as if they really like and want you, stick with thecaretakers job:thumbsup:
I think you will be happier there
2 Likes #6
I had a caretakers job at a school until recently. By far the best option in my opinion
#7
edjaned
another example i asked the "supervisor" if they had any clients with MRSA?
she said no none with that disability just old age etc(she thought mrsa was a disability??)


as i said-they dont know their jobs!!
#8
I'm confused - what about your job as a support worker that you're supposed to be returning to?
#9
sorry i did write at the bottom,i will be returning doing every other weekend so i can have 2 jobs
#10
so have you decided? if you are really unsure you can take one til you get another offer? and if you take the school job you will be in an environment to hear of more jobs? also you say that job is local so no travelling?
#11
Sorry - missed that bit! Was it only the lifting you found difficult? Ignoring the lifting, which job do you prefer and does either pay better?
1 Like #12
I don't really know much about home care but from what a few people have said on here and what you have said from your experience it doesn't sound like a nice environment. If you only get 10-15 minutes with each client and stick to that, you will feel awful about them not having their allotted time. On the other hand, if you stay with them for the full time but are late for other appointments you may get into trouble with your employers. Either way it looks to bring you down, and may mean you are quite unhappy in your job which can affect lots of other things.

If the school has agreed to help you with the lifting and you enjoyed all the other aspects of the job then it seems logical to take that job, as long as it's enough hours/money etc etc for you.

I think it's really up to you in the end, how happy you would be in either job.
#13
school pays £8 an hour
homecare £8.15 but that inc petrol

school is just opposite my home
the cons of the school are
1.lifting
2.i do it on my own
3.i do 6-7 then go back after eve class at 9 to bring furniture etc in and to lock up which is a bit of a pain
1 Like #14
Caretaker for me and you probably don't need me to preach to you but make sure, if you haven't already, to learn to lift correctly by bending at the knees not the back.
Don't lift anything that puts unnecessary strain on any body part.

Be happy !
Best of luck :)
1 Like #15
so the caretaking is 2 hours a day? so £16 total? and how much would homecare be daily?
#16
caretaker job is 1hr 15mins a day 1 hour to clean then 15mins to go back later lock up etc works out £56 a week

homecare is 3hr 30mins a day prob about £28 a day but then it costs about £8 a night in diesel(i have a big car) but i only do 2-3 evenings a week,one of which is a sat or a sun that u get paid no extra for


i know the caretaker job would work out better its right on my doorstop,the pay is good i will be home to put kids to bed in the evening

but then the other half of me says its boring,it has no prospects,u cant really go out in the evening as u are there till 7 then have to be back for 9 o clock to lock up

as for the homecare i feel like i could achieve something there,the other carers were caring i just felt maybe they needed to be trained more
plus i wasnt happy that last week all i was given was a name and address for a client
i knocked on that persons door,had no reply and phoned supervisor for advice they then informed me that the lady in question was deaf and her back door would be open for me

i am still confused,i do like the homecare i like the clients and i have sympathised with them over them having new carers join then leave again,and i just feel awful for doing it,but i need to put myself and family 1st.

i need to make a desicion this evening as the lady from school is ringing me tonight so i need to give her an answer either way
#17
I think you're not completely happy with either, take the one you're happier with for the moment and look for something that will suit you better. You applied for two jobs and got them, so you'll be able to get something else! Good luck!
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edjaned,

Both jobs don't seem to offer too much prospects in my opinion (at least not in the scenario you have outlined).

Caretaker job seems to be the profitable return One point i'd negotiate on (and I feel you have the upper hand due to proximity), is that i'd expect payments to be at the hourly rate, or at least rounded up to 1/2 an hour. You are sacrificing your nights, 7-9pm for NIL pay. 15 mins is just frankly not worth the additional effort and I'd guess your prospective employers know that. Give it a try, telling them that you'd like to return but you have an issue with the payment hours for the lock up. They won't get anyone else to do it at that rate unless they actually live bang next door.

Good luck.
#19
yes thats the thing you dont WANT either as they are not right for you. Maybe there will be another path opens for you through one of these jobs? hope you get something sorted-let us know? and dont be forced to accept tonight-you can always say you need more time?
#20
aScottishBloke
edjaned,

Both jobs don't seem to offer too much prospects in my opinion (at least not in the scenario you have outlined).

Caretaker job seems to be the profitable return One point i'd negotiate on (and I feel you have the upper hand due to proximity), is that i'd expect payments to be at the hourly rate, or at least rounded up to 1/2 an hour. You are sacrificing your nights, 7-9pm for NIL pay. 15 mins is just frankly not worth the additional effort and I'd guess your prospective employers know that. Give it a try, telling them that you'd like to return but you have an issue with the payment hours for the lock up. They won't get anyone else to do it at that rate unless they actually live bang next door.

Good luck.


absolutely right!!:thumbsup:
1 Like #21
Think I'd go with the caretakers job personally.
1 Like #22
Good points by AScottishBloke.
Seems to me that the caretaker post is the one to go with, but only if they can take ^^^^ into account and there really is someone to do the lifting.
#23
aScottishBloke
edjaned,

Both jobs don't seem to offer too much prospects in my opinion (at least not in the scenario you have outlined).

Caretaker job seems to be the profitable return One point i'd negotiate on (and I feel you have the upper hand due to proximity), is that i'd expect payments to be at the hourly rate, or at least rounded up to 1/2 an hour. You are sacrificing your nights, 7-9pm for NIL pay. 15 mins is just frankly not worth the additional effort and I'd guess your prospective employers know that. Give it a try, telling them that you'd like to return but you have an issue with the payment hours for the lock up. They won't get anyone else to do it at that rate unless they actually live bang next door.

Good luck.


it seems they have had a few people take this job on but they give it up due to the lifting(manual handling would have a field day!!)
there are lots of houses close to the school so i dont think they wil find it hard to replace me,i know that when i gave the playschool up in the beginning she said she had some other applicants to offer job to

but i think they have realised that they cant keep taking people on and expecting them to lift them heavy tables,i suggested building some drop down tables that could be hung on the walls and then fold flat onto the wall,she did say she would discuss it with the commitee but now it seems the playgroup have agreed to shift the tables and the eve class will bring them back in

she did mention last time i spoke to her that maybe the evening class could lock up after them which would be alot better as my evening would then be free after 7

i will see what she suggests later

thank u everyone for all your advice :friends:
#24
i think the prospects in the agency are maybe becoming a supervisor,im just thinking long term really

in the future i would love to run a homecare agency myself so i feel they may be able to give me more training to do with the admin side of care which im unfamiliar with

but to be honest i think the boss is a bit funny with me anyway due to me messing her around in the begining,she keeps giving me 3 evenings a week then when i complain i get told tough basically

thanks again
1 Like #25
Negotiate the best deal you can for the caretaking job, other better jobs will come up in the care sector. Good luck!
#26
just spoken to the nice lady from the school who is going to see if i dont have to go back at 9 o clock to lock up so i would only have to do 6-7.15 which would be alot better for me

i think it would be a good idea to keep my long term job and get my nvq 3 and then i can rethink things once the baby is a bit older

thanks again everyone for helping me make the right decision
#27
just left rep for everyone apart from chryshra cant give u any sorry i must of given u some not so long ago
#28
edjaned
just left rep for everyone apart from chryshra cant give u any sorry i must of given u some not so long ago

Thanks for trying!
#29
cut out the middleman, become self employed, make sure you have your cv up todate, you are insured, you have an enhanced discloser form, we have this in scotland. Im a community nurse, all the folk who are cared for by individuals who are self employed are far better cared for.
#30
never thought of that

the thing is i can only do evenings at the mo,how do u go about this?

just advertise in paper?

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