Today, Tuesday 19th November, is International Men’s Day. This is a day that marks the positive contribution that men bring to society. Here at Balhousie Care Group, 89% of the workforce is female. Today, we are celebrating that 11% – the fantastic men who are busting the myths around who can work and thrive in a care environment. Here is a group of men who are adding value to our services and inspiring other males to follow a career path into care in an industry which has traditionally been chosen by females.
“I feel this is a vocation that suits my personality,” says Harry who is a Senior Care Assistant at Moyness. “I love the daily interactions I have with the residents and building upon the friendships I have with them. I feel I am trusted as a man of integrity when residents confide in me about personal issues.” Harry feels a gentle approach is needed for any men considering a career in care. “I would advise them to be positive, gentle and caring in their approach. I have received lots of kind comments from residents. Any male can achieve this if they choose to make care a career.”
As the Lead Domestic at Clement Park in Dundee, Frankie works hard, whether in Laundry or helping keep the home spick-and-span. “I take pride in my work and find it fulfilling. My favourite part of the day is when I arrive and say good morning to the residents and get a “good morning” and a big smile from them.” Frankie’s advice for people looking to start a career is to consider care or nursing. “I am sure they would enjoy interacting with residents and they could see what a difference they can make to their day.”
When looking for an office job, Martyn ended up thriving as an Administrator at Luncarty, one of our Perthshire care homes. “This is one of the best places I have worked. Although I’m the Admin in the home I like helping the residents where I can, getting a thank you from them makes it so worthwhile.” Martyn believes that happiness is more important than anything else when choosing a career. “Whatever you do with your life, make sure you’re happy. Never be afraid to say how you feel and don’t bottle things up.”
After working as a Care Assistant for a couple of years, Andy found his ideal role at Coupar Angus managing the care home’s Maintenance. “I have a background in groundwork and labouring so when the Maintenance role came up it felt perfect. I can do what I enjoy and still spend one-to-one time with the residents. I’ve even been getting residents to help with jobs around the home when they can.” Andy believes young people shouldn’t put too much pressure on themselves. “There’s so much pressure to pass exams a school. There are so many opportunities after school to earn the qualifications they need to do what they want.”
Michael, a Care Assistant at Moyness, chose to work in care after he looked after his own grandmother at the end of her life and found he loved helping the elderly. “I enjoy the sense of pride helping someone with their day to day living. Even if it is posting a letter or taking someone out to socialise, every little thing I can do for someone can be the difference between feeling alone and isolated to independent and happy with a good sense of wellbeing.” Michael is passionate about care being a profession for men as well as women. “This is not a female profession; it’s for anyone that is willing to help and has the caring and empathetic nature towards others. Care is not just a job, it’s a role you play in people’s lives and it is all worthwhile when you get a simple thank you or smile.”
“Keeping the home in good order is important especially when you see the residents we care for,” says James who runs the Maintenance for Rumbling Bridge. “I’ve worked in a care setting before, but this is a great place. We have a good team also so getting the chance to have a laugh with colleagues is great.” For anyone considering a career in care, James’ advice is simple. “Study hard, work hard and gain work experience.”
Joe, a Support Worker at Rumbling Bridge, loves spending time with the residents. “They make it all worthwhile. I took on this role to further my career but also to provide care to people who need it. I work with people with Huntington’s Disease and, although it is challenging, it is rewarding.” Joe believes people should follow their heart when considering a career. “Follow your dreams!”