Caremark People – Michelle Bishton
At her interview, Michelle Bishton told us that she would only be with us for three months before leaving – and three years later she is still here!
That’s because despite her husband suggesting she would make a great carer, she initially viewed it as just another job and with some bad experiences in some other past roles, she was originally very sceptical.
But it’s only when she started supporting people in their own homes that she realised how rewarding and enjoyable the job was and that she had “finally found my calling”.
“There’s so many good things about being a carer but one of the very best is seeing the faces on people’s faces when you walk through the door,” she says.
“When one of my customers hadn’t seen me for a while, she said she was worried sick that something had happened to me, so that says it all about how valued you feel and what a difference you make to people’s lives.
“It is also lovely hearing people’s stories about their lives and how different it was when they were growing up and working.”
Michelle has some advice for people thinking about becoming carers.
She adds: “You need to have a caring nature and come into it with your eyes open.
“It’s not just about making cups of tea for someone as there’s so much more to it than that. It can be a hard job at time but it’s the most rewarding thing I have ever done.”
When she’s not at work, Michelle enjoys spending time with her family, which includes her husband and their three children.