Meet Lee Forbes.. Care & Activity Worker
Lee began his career in care when he joined Eachstep Blackley in April 2014, with no previous experience in a care environment. In the short time since, Lee has shone, with naturally compassionate nature and ambition to care for and support people is clear.
Once Lee had demonstrated that he had all the values, morals and personal experience to give life-enhancing care – he then developed specialist knowledge of the condition, taking part in a wide range of training within the service. A naturally quiet person, Lee is incredibly sensitive to the needs of the people we support, and is able to relate to them and show true compassion. He has built trusting relationships with the people he cares for, which is of course a prerequisite for providing meaningful care.
One lady he supports in particular, Gladys, is quite the fan of Lee’s, and can often be heard asking where he is on a day off, and is never far away when he is on duty. If Gladys becomes upset, or distressed in any way, she doesn’t feel like she has to turn to ‘a member of staff’ or ‘a carer’, instead she can turn to a somebody who genuinely cares about her. The relationship he has built with her has contributed immensely to the level of support she receives, and in turn her wellbeing and happiness levels.
Lee is a prime example of a person who proves that knowledge or experience isn’t necessarily an essential requirement for an amazing career in care, but being kind, considerate and patient is. I have observed Lee treating the people we support as individuals, respecting their own morals and values; likes and dislikes; life history and legacy in a way that truly defines the person-centred approach.