Poem: “A Day in the Life” – A Home Manager’s Story


By Alena Petrie, Manager at Cambridge Court Care Home, Sefton

A day in the life – A home manager’s story

It is half past six, rise and shine, time to get ready for new day,

Little face shouts mummy, I will see you later, okay?

Arrive to work, get changed, spring in the step and off I go

We will tackle all head on, well, so we are hoping so


Handover is always good to catch up with everyone

But when 2 out of eight staff don’t turn up, that is no fun

Cover it as soon as you can or get on the floor yourself, no authority

Phone calls and meeting will have to wait as our loved ones are priority


Phone is ringing, doorbell goes on, but we still smile

This day will probably take a while

Somebody rang in sick for tomorrow and somebody cannot cope any more

Counselling mode on, cuppa tea, break and listening as always opened door


No time to spare as bed is broke room 5, bulbs missing in room 10

So and so didn’t do the job properly, sling is missing, footplate of a wheelchair has gone again

Teamwork makes the dreamwork, but not always focused on own work

Let’s pick them up, let’s work together, let’s shake hands or talk


Train your people, it is the best way to move forward

And use the resources correctly which were finally ordered

Rota is done for next four weeks but 44 hrs to recruit for I know

Hopefully we find someone sooner then we will see snow


Mary has a temperature, Bill didn’t eat so much today

John fell and went to hospital, oh let’s keep ill health at bay

Covid swabs, covid paperwork, covid passes oh whatever else is coming my way

I will keep going, it is only noon, more to get through I say

Medication was just delivered, hand it to the nurse, but oh

It is not the correct one, so on the phone again I go


2 pm, time to stop, have a drink and bite to eat, great idea

Phone goes again, and family this time need a listening ear

We will sort it out, book a visit or two, yes you need the test before you come

I didn’t make it up, it is the rule, for everyone, not for some


Singer has arrived, let’s have a dance, sing song and some fun

It is good to remind ourselves why we are doing this on dull days or in the sun

Seeing happiness, smiling faces, everyone forgetting for a while

That virus out there is wiping people in a horrifying style


We received a cheque for our memory walk we did in September

So we need to plan what we will spend it on, but remember

No time to do it now as 3 audits are due today

Someone is knocking on the door again, my home time, now I will have to stay


Finishing list of things to do and write tomorrow or maybe the day after

Dot just came to tell me she needs to go home to cook the tea, I am fighting the laughter

I haven’t managed to do the supervision, or write up all the notes, who cares

In the car now, thinking about tomorrow, looking forward to see two little faces when I get home, upstairs.



Alena originally wrote this poem to present at the Making it Real summit in Sefton, organised by My Home Life England (picture below).

Thank you Alena for giving us your permission to share the poem more widely.