Are you cut out for a career as a Carer?

The number of Carer vacancies in the UK is continually increasing due to the growing demand for care. Training and gaining experience in the care industry can be a savvy career choice from a financial perspective, as care is something which is always needed and as a consequence there will always be positions readily available. Read on to learn what special qualities it takes to be a Carer and whether it could be the right career choice for you…

What to expect

A career as a Carer can be both demanding and rewarding and is a vocation which requires a special type of person with a patient and caring personality who can empathise with for the feelings and sensibilities of the client.

It’s a profession which enables those involved to touch the lives of others in a significant way, with plenty of responsibility and many opportunities to make a difference to the lives of a wide variety of people with care needs – from the elderly and infirm to those with learning difficulties and long-term medical conditions.

The duties of a Carer may include helping with physical needs such as washing, dressing, toilet assistance, preparing meals, supervising medication and light housework. On the other hand they may just need companionship, friendly conversation and perhaps a trip out for coffee.

Working as a Carer can be quite physical. It’s likely that you will spend a lot of time on your feet and may be very busy.

It is important to consider how working as a Carer will fit in around your personal and family life. You can usually choose the hours and shift patterns that work best for you and there is a lot of flexibility. However you are unlikely to be working the traditional 9-5 day. You may be required to work “unsociable” hours and some weekends as by nature, care is needed round the clock. If you’re not prepared to work outside of a normal daytime window or find early mornings and night shifts difficult, then working as a Carer might not be for you.

To work as a Carer you will be required to undergo a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check – previously known as a ‘CRB’ or ‘Criminal Records Bureau’ check. You will need strong references, as you will be working with vulnerable people and their safety and wellbeing is paramount.

Training to be a Carer

You do not need to hold any previous qualifications to be a Carer. At Right at Home we provide free training and one to one mentoring for our Carers to ensure they feel confident and supported. There are opportunities to study for a recognised qualification whilst working as a Carer such as QCF Level 2 or 3 or Diploma in Health & Social Care.

Think you have got what it takes?

Apply to be a CareGiver with Right at Home East Lancashire & Ribble Valley here.

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