Jo Tregear is a 36 year old mum and Care Professional with Radfield Home Care. She’s been working with Radfield as a Care Professional for around 3 months now and wanted to share her ‘Magic Moment’.
Michael and his wife live independently in their home. Without family close by, they rely on Care Professionals to assist with their medication needs and food preparation. During their time together, she’s grown very close to them both. Even when she wasn’t scheduled for care visits, she would still check on notes made by other Care Professionals just so she knew they were okay.
Sadly, one day Michael’s wife was admitted to hospital, leaving him feeling understandably very upset. Over the next few days, she would check the couple’s notes as she usually does and noticed Michael’s appetite was starting to decline.
He’d gone from a man with a strong appetite to someone eating very little. One particular day, Michael was feeling extremely anxious and hadn’t eaten anything all day. Jo really wanted to find a way that she could help him.
She had been visiting them both 6 times a week since her first day on the job, building a really strong relationship with Michael and his wife. She knew food was a passion they both shared. So, she was thinking, why not deliver a little fish & chips care package?
Outside of her care hours, Jo knocked on the door and was welcomed by a very hungry Michael. You should have seen the smile on his face when she started plating up his fish and chips. As it turns out, the portion was anything but little. When Michael opened the box they both had to do a double-take – the fish was enormous, well, they both fell about in a fit of laughter.
They sat and chatted, cup of tea in hand. It was lovely to see how her clients’ mood was uplifted with just a fish & chip care visit! He was so grateful, thanking her regularly and even commenting that they tasted much better than the last fish & chips he’d eaten. What a result!
A kind gesture can be a light in the dark during difficult times, the difference it made to Michael was so good to see. Just sitting and enjoying a plate of fish & chips with a friend was all he needed to get his appetite back on track and take his mind off his worries about his wife for a short time. Over the next few days Michael started to eat a bit more every day; mission accomplished.
Jo met Michael’s daughter several days later. She thanked her for her kindness and mentioned Michael had been talking about the fish & chip rendezvous ever since. But things didn’t end there. Whilst visiting another client, she got talking about her time spent with Michael which got stomachs rumbling and led to another fish & chip delivery!
Jo has always been aware of the difference food that’s a bit special can make. She has always brought her own grandparents something new and different that you wouldn’t necessarily find in the cupboard or fridge. In this case it paid off with not one, but two, very happy clients. It made Jo feel better knowing that Michael had eaten a hearty portion of fish & chips.
Life as a Care Professional isn’t always fish & chips and big smiles though. Care work is a difficult job that challenges you, your communication skills and your sensibilities. Every day presents something new. However, it’s ‘Magic Moments’ like this, connecting people to the things they enjoy most, that make supporting people worthwhile.
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