Careers in Care

If you enjoy helping people and want to make a difference to their lives then a career in care could be just what you are looking for.

Our carers work with elderly people who live in their own homes and may need just a small amount of support e.g. help with shopping or companionship through to support with much greater care needs.

For many people becoming a Care Assistant changes their life for the better. They have an increased sense of wellbeing from doing a worthwhile job that benefits others and society as a whole. They enjoy not being tied down to working 9-5 and  being able to work flexibly - if you need a day off in the week you don't need to take it as holiday, just swap it for another day.

A Caring Career is one that can grow and develop as you and your family does.  If you have small children you can start off working one or two evenings per week and then as they get older and start school you could add in some daytime hours and by the time you are ready to work more hours you have already progressed in your career and are working as  a Home Care Supervisor.

Skills and Qualities of a Home Care Worker

Lady and carer

 To be a carer is to be in a priviledged role. The clients that you support rely heavily on the care and assistance that you provide as do their families and friends. For some older people living at home yours will be the only face that they see that day.

To do the job well you have to have a wide variety of skills and be adaptable to different situations. Some of these skills we can teach you however some are just down to the type of person you are.  That is why our interview process focuses on learning about you as a person rather than about your qualifications.  

Here are some of the main qualities that we look for in our carers:

  • a friendly and caring approach
  • a genuine desire to help people
  • the ability to relate to people from a wide variety of backgrounds
  • tact and sensitivity
  • a respectful approach to elderly clients
  • patience and a sense of humour
  • reliability and flexibility
  • team working skills and the ability to use your own initiative
  • the ability to work to health and safety guidelines
  • the ability to remain calm under pressure

 

Nature of Care Work

Carers travel between our client's homes following their rota and the amount of time that you spend with each client depends on what they need assistance with. The first two calls in the morning may be half an hour each to help someone with their breakfast and the next call could be 2 hours long to take someone out to the shops for example.

 The type of activities you would undertake as a Home Carer for Radfield Home Care include:

  • getting to know our clients, their interests and their needs
  • spending time doing activities that they enjoy
  • helping clients with daily personal care such as washing and dressing
  • carrying out general tasks such as housework, laundry and shopping
  • helping to prepare meals and assist with nutrition and hydration as needed
  • assisting with medication
  • helping clients manage their budget, pay bills and write letters
  • helping families get used to new caring responsibilities
  • going with clients to and from appointments

A Home Care Assistant is also known as a Home Care Worker or Support Worker.

 

Training and Career Development

carerHaving experience in a caring role is not necessary. We provide full training which includes completion of the Care Certificate (a requirement for anyone wanting to work in care), e-learning courses and practical training days for example on first aid, health and safety, and how to lift and move people safely. All of our carers also work closely with experienced colleagues as they care for our clients so you can fully understand what the job entails and built your competence and confidence whilst being fully supported.

In time as part of your career development we encourage our staff to work towards further qualifications, such as the level 2 or 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care to become a supervisor. As your career develops, you can move on to higher level qualifications, such as Level 5 Diploma in Leadership in Health and Social Care.

When you apply for a job you will need to have an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check done (DBS or police check) to make sure that you are suitable to work with vulnerable adults.

 

Working Hours

As a Carer worker your working hours will vary as they depend on the needs of the clients you are supporting. Busy times of day for care work are usually early mornings, lunch and evenings as this is when clients need the most support. If you are looking for full time hours then it is important that you have availability at some of these times.

For example, a full time worker may work 4 mornings a week, 2 evenings and every other weekend. If you are looking for part time hours to fit in around another job or family commitments then you could work a couple of mornings per week, or just in the evenings or weekends or a combination of times to suit you and your lifestyle. That is one of the advantages of care work in that it can fit around your existing commitments.