Could you be a Care Assistant?
Adult social care is a growing industry, and it is estimated that over 1 million jobs will be created by 2025 in England alone to cater for the demand for care services. Working in social care means knowing that every day you are helping other people to enjoy a better quality of life; it means the inner satisfaction of knowing that you are making a difference and doing something worthwhile.
What Does A Care Assistant Do?
The role of the Care Assistant can be as varied as the individuals that they care for. No two days will ever be the same. You will be assisting vulnerable individuals with a range of activities which enable them to lead as full lives as possible. This work can be challenging and very demanding but is ultimately also very rewarding. You may be required to assist with all aspects of daily life for the people in your care, from helping them to get out of bed, washing and dressing to social activities, cooking or shopping.
The role that you take on will vary greatly depending on the setting in which you work. Caring for individuals in their own home will be very different from working in a day centre or a residential care home. If you are looking for your first position in the care industry, you may prefer the structure and support of working as part of a team in a care unit rather than being out in the community on your own. A good employer however, will ensure that you have the confidence and experience to meet any challenge that you may face regardless of whichever setting that you are working in.
What Skills And Qualifications Do I Need?
Entry to the care sector is very flexible and in some cases you do not need to have any previous experience or qualifications. Your attitude and personality are just as important as qualifications when you are working in social care. You need to be able to treat people in your care with dignity and respect at all times. At times you may be their only advocate and so you need to be able to communicate effectively with other care professionals such as doctors, therapists and other care givers. You need to be reliable, compassionate and have a genuine desire to ensure that the clients that you work with receive the best possible care. The care sector is also constantly changing and so you need to be willing to learn new techniques, develop your skills and expand your industry knowledge; this is especially important if you are looking to progress further in your career.
What Do I Do Next?
Call us for a chat! We can guide you in the right direction and enable you to gain experience with local care organisations, inform you about the specific requirements for roles and help you find employment as a Care Assistant.
Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a
listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all
of which have the potential to turn a life around. – Leo Buscaglia