Careers Week: From Delivery Driver to Carer During Covid-19 Pandemic
Gerry Mills, a Carer at Rogers House Residential Care Home in Wigmore, was working as a delivery driver up until a few months ago, when she decided she wanted to help people.
With a surge of support for those working and living in care homes over the past year, we’ve seen an increase in staff joining us from entirely different career backgrounds, keen to make a difference and help to protect the vulnerable.
“I started working in the care team at Rogers House just three months ago and before that, I was working as a delivery driver,” says Gerry. “I joined the care sector because I wanted to help people and it’s been good so far but it does come with its challenges. What I enjoy the most is getting to know the residents and ensuring they are happy but it has been difficult to see residents upset when they are unable to hug their loved ones, I’d say that is the most challenging aspect so far.
“As I learn more about the industry, I hope to one day run my own care home. I think to work in care you need to have a certain set of skills, you need to be caring, patient and a positive person in general.
“If I had to give someone looking to change their career and join the care sector, I’d say if you are caring and have a positive attitude, go for it.”