What is it like to work in care?
In care, no two days are the same
As a visiting carer, you’ll go to the home of clients and help them with tasks they may not be able to do on their own. Most of our customers are older people, and some will require support with mobility issues, or they might have a diagnosis of a condition, such as dementia.
A typical day might involve dressing customers in the morning, and helping them with their breakfast and medication, before helping someone with a trip to the supermarket, and some light household tasks such as laundry. Most importantly though, you’ll be providing companionship, chatting, encouraging and listening is a big part of the role.
What kind of things would you do?
Shopping and errands
Shopping and errands
What kind of people do care?
In short, care is a wide ranging role that attracts people from all backgrounds. We have team members who have just left school, and those that are doing a little extra to support their pension, and everything in between.
Don’t worry if you have no experience, we can provide full training, and support you when you start with us as a carer. All you need is an open mind, and a willingness to learn. Our carers are a friendly bunch, and we support each other constantly. We’ll keep in close contact with you and make sure you feel happy and supported within your role.
Do I need to have experience in care?
No, not at all, and we welcome those that are new to care. We provide full training to all new starters.
How much training will I get before I start supporting clients?
We run an internal training program, which consists of three days, classroom based training, with our in-house trainer Tim. Following this all new staff are paired up with senior carers for shadowing, and would do this over a number of days. Only once you are happy to work indepedently would we schedule you for care calls on your own.
Do I need a driving licence and access to a car?
For community care, the large majority of carers do need cars, though we do, on occasion, recruit carers without a car. For night care, and live-in care, there is no requirement for you to have a vehicle.