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‘What do you do for a living?’
I hear you say,
‘What do you actually do
To earn your pay?’
I’m a support worker,
Giving a hand in clients’ houses,
Sometimes providing respite
For tired parents or spouses.

I help one client with her shower
And provide personal care,
Sponge her back, dry her skin,
Help her dress and brush her hair,
I do a load of washing
And hang it on the line,
Or put it by the fire
When the weather’s not fine.

At another house I help my client
Remember what to do,
For she forgets how to do things,
And needs some company too,
Together we tackle the jobs
That simply must be done,
We listen to music and I joke
To add a bit of fun.

I help a young client with the bills
And her weekly budget,
To make sure accounts are paid
And she stays out of debt,
I drive her to appointments
And sometimes to the shops,
What’s on the list today?
Fruit, milk, bread and cough drops.

We spend time in the kitchen,
I'm teaching her to cook,
I find recipes that are easy
And paste them in a book,
She likes my company
Because I listen when she talks,
Sometimes we go out for coffee,
And in nice weather, for walks.

I like the work I do
And it is never a bore,
I don’t know what each new day
Will have in store,
Or what sort of challenges
Are heading my way,
I use all sorts of skills
During the work day.
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