Bingo!

When a new carer joins the agency part of their training is shadowing an existing carer to see the sort of things they will have to do. Not necessarily the people they will be supporting but whoever the carer they are working with is. I recently had someone come shadow.

I find that whenever I get a new carer (shadow or actual carer) we have a lot of the same things happen. And after the call ended and my carer and the shadow left I was quite frustrated by the experience. But also half amused because this shadow had basically ticketed off several of my “new carer cliches” a bit like a bingo game.

Knew nothing about me and assumed I need more help than I do ✅

Shocked by how independent I am ✅

Commented on how big my flat is ✅

Offered to make me a cup of tea ✅

The same person is coming back to shadow later this week. Judging by what I’ve got left on my bingo card we’ll be talking about whether I’m close to my family, do they live nearby and how long have I lived in my flat. Depending on whether or not she’s seen my care plan* by then there’s also the optional “what did you do at uni?” square to fill.

*care plans contain a little bit about your history so the carer has something to chat to you about. Mine says I grew up in East Hagbourne and went to university in Stoke on Trent. It also includes that I volunteer for Citizens Advice and due to covid haven’t been able to do as much with my friends as I would like/have previously.