Nicola O'Sullivan works with Bluebird Care Carlow/Kilkenny/Waterford and tells her #myiCareStory below.
#MyiCareStory by Nicola O'Sullivan
My name is Nicola and I am 23 years old. I have been working with Bluebird Care for the past two years. I honestly could not ask for a better job.
I got into caring from looking after my grandmother at a young age of 16. I moved in with her and my uncle. My grandmother was diagnosed with dementia in 2007 and that was when I realised that this was the job for me. It means a lot to me to keep somebody in their home. It is now 7 years that my nanny is having care from home. From doing this as an every day thing, I went and completed the healthcare Fetac level 5 course. Soon afterwards, Bluebird Care took me on to work as part of their team.
Bluebird Care has given me a big opportunity to work with not just the elderly but with adults and children with intellectual disabilities. One man I care for comes to mind and brings a smile to my face anytime I think of him. This man has a rare condition called Huntington's disease. He would really make anybody appreciate life. I have learned so much by caring for him and I am so grateful to be given this opportunity to be part of his life and share my experiences with him.
Looking back over those two years, I believe I have built my confidence in my work and have gained a lot of experience. Bluebird Care opens so many doors in giving you the chance of working out in the community in peoples homes and in community centres.
I have met a variety of people throughout my two years here. I treat them as I would treat my Grandmother. These people bring out a lot in me and make me so happy to go to work and I really enjoy what I do for a living.
They are not just customers to me they are now my friends. I have found a job that I want to do for the rest of my life. It is so rewarding and as I am so young starting off, I cannot wait to see what the future holds.