Care homes employ a team of individuals who together create a supportive and caring environment for residents. Every department is key to the smooth operation of the home. Care teams combine a variety of dedicated individuals from Handy Person and Chef to Carers, Administrators, to Activity Coordinators and Managers.
A job where every day is different
Working in care is likely to be an excellent choice if you don’t like your days to be boring! The great thing about working in care homes is that you’re never sure exactly what’s going to happen from one hour to the next. Staff work together to create a safe, fun and enjoyable environment for older people in their care, where family relatives are welcomed in and supported to. The care needs of residents can change from day-to-day, so this is an ideal working choice if you can react and adapt quickly to whatever is going on around you.
A sociable job
One of the best things about working in the care industry is that many of your skills and personal values will be celebrated – such as kindness, patience, personal warmth, sensitivity and friendliness. The role of a care assistant is an incredibly people-focused job; not only will you be responsible for the physical care of residents; you’ll also be heavily involved in getting to know them and supporting their emotional and social requirements. In addition to the older people in your care, you’ll also be involved in liaising with the family members and visitors of residents.
Many of the people who gravitate towards care work do so partly in order to be able to adjust around their own family responsibilities. Care home workers are able to work very flexibly in order to work around caring for their own children. Many care home residents will require support twenty-four hours a day, so there’s plenty of opportunity to work hours that suit you and your life. Another benefit of care work is that many of the healthcare knowledge and training you’ll be given on the job will benefit you in terms of career progression. You could become a registered manager or move into a specialist area such as medicine management.
There are few things more fundamentally rewarding than caring for other people. Whether this is helping to empower an older person to enjoy their day, supporting them with short or long term health needs, or even smoothing the way for someone as they reach the end of their life – caring for others is a huge privilege. At the end of each shift, you’ll be able to head home with the knowledge that you’ve made a real difference to the quality of life of residents.
Opportunities to be involved in the arts and music
Working in a care home isn’t just about managing the health and safety requirements of residents; significant parts of the job are also concerned with managing expectations for activities and entertainment. This can be a great way to bring your passion for your hobbies into your daily work.
Recruiting to care
The most important thing a potential employee can bring to any role in care is one of caring deeply about the wellbeing of other people. Employers are always on the lookout for individuals who are caring, kind, friendly, understanding, sensitive and approachable, core skills and qualifications are important but not always necessary as full training is given.
Potential employees are required to have a DBS check (which employers pay for) and employers are required to gain employment and or character references. This to ensure the best and most appropriate people join the sector and meet industry requirements.
Unique training and development is given to understand how best to support residents to achieve an active and fulfilling life. The recognised Care Certificate is part of the employee induction, along with all mandatory training such as Moving & Handling. When Carers join an employer, each new Carer will complete a number of “shadow shifts” where they work alongside an experienced Carer until they feel ready to work independently. Ongoing training and development is encouraged.