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The care sector is growing rapidly in the UK due mainly to the ageing population which means that there are plenty of care job opportunities. There are very different roles that will be suitable for people looking for different things (see our side panel – What matter to you in a care job?), so it is important to consider the different options carefully and decide which one of the many care jobs may be best suited for your requirements.

What matters to you in a Care Job?

5 things to consider when choosing which type of care job to apply for

  • Task based work vs. Companionship and relationship building
  • Steady job vs. Career development
  • Experience required vs. Being the right sort of person
  • Flexibility vs. Consistent hours or Shifts
  • Variety of work vs. Repetitive work
Care jobs can be rewarding! A happy carer receiving a bunch of flowers

Debbie receives a bouquet for 5 years services in her home care job

The care sector is growing rapidly in the UK due mainly to the ageing population which means that there are plenty of care job opportunities. There are very different roles that will be suitable for people looking for different things (see our side panel – What matter to you in a care job?), so it is important to consider the different options carefully and decide which one of the many care jobs may be best suited for your requirements.

Different types of care jobs

With any care job it is important to understand the role that you will be expected to do, the training you will receive, the hours you will be required to work and what the potential is for career progression if that is what you are looking for.

Residential care jobs

This means working either in a care home or nursing home. These types of care jobs involve working with a team of others and supporting a number of residents with their daily needs. This time of care job is ideal for someone who enjoys working in a team environment or might feel more confident working with closer supervision. When choosing a residential care job it is important to find out a bit about the home that you would be working in and how the team there feel about it. If you are considering switching to home care after working in residential care then it might be worth reading this case study – “What made me fall in love with home care after a career in residential care

Home Care Jobs (often called domiciliary care)

This means supporting individuals in their own homes, it is usually one to one work with the client and although you may be supporting the client with many different things is often very much about building a relationship with the client. This type of care work is well suited to people who enjoy a degree of independence and can work without constant supervision, who enjoy building relationships with others. When choosing a home care job it is very important to understand what the agency you are thinking of joining can offer. Some agencies will be doing a lot of work for social services in which case the majority of your visits will be less than 1hr and will usually be quite task based, whereas a care agency like Right at Home GF are mainly supporting privately funded clients (see what makes Right at Home different)

Live in Care Jobs

This means living with and supporting individuals in their own homes, it is nearly always one to one work with the client and is very much about building a relationship with the client. This type of care work is ideal for someone who is quite happy working on their own, is confident in their work and is usually best suited to someone with some existing care experience.

There are many different types of live in care agencies and it is important to understand the agency you are applying to work with and the level of support you will receive from the care agency. Right at Home GF offers managed live in care and as a live in care you would receive the same level of training as our home carers, you would be visited every week by our live in care manager or quality coach to check everything is ok.

Hospitals Care Jobs (often called health care assistants)

This means working in hospitals alongside nurses and other health care professionals, similarly to working in residential care these roles are more suited to people who thrive on working within a team and having supervisors close at hand. Working as a health care assistant in a hospital may well offer opportunities to progress your career and should offer good training. The role is likely to be made up of very task based jobs and is not likely to give you huge amounts of time to build relationships with patients.

Want to find out more before applying for a great Care Job?

It is a big decision trying a new job and care jobs don’t always have the best reputation so you will want to think carefully about this decision. Something that can be helpful is to speak to someone who is doing the job, if you would like to speak to one of our team then you are very welcome to do so but for now we have tried to give you the next best thing;

  • Read one or more of our care job case studies – these share the stories of people in different situations who have joined our team and their experiences.
  • You might also like to read “Would a Care Job Suit Me” to see if your situation is similar to any of our existing team.

The Seven Steps to becoming a Right at Home CareGiver – Recruitment and Induction Process

Congratulations – you have taken the bold step and applied for a job with Right at Home! From here there are various stages that you will go through before having a care job as a Right at Home CareGiver.

 

1 - Telephone Chat

Within one working day we will be in touch to have a chat on the phone, this will take about 30mins and is designed to make it is worth your while coming in for a face to face interview. You can ask us any questions on the call.

2 - Interview

We will arrange for you to come to our office in The Sands, Farnham for a face to face interview. This is a great opportunity for you to get a better picture of what the role is like, the culture and values of the organisation and for us to make sure you are suited to Right at Home. Remember – this is just as much you choosing us as a it is Right at Home choosing you, now is the time to ask questions.

3 - Induction

We run an induction once a month. Assuming we both are keen to go ahead following your interview then we will book you into the next available slot. If you have reserved your place then you will know when this will be. The induction takes 4 days and will give you much of the care training you will need to be supporting our clients in the community.

4 - Shadows

Once you have completed your induction you will have around 2 weeks of shadowing one or more of our existing care assistants. This will give you fantastic on the job training as well as introducing you to some of our lovely clients.

5 - Flying Solo

Once you and our training manager are confident that you are ready to work on your own then we will arrange care visits for you with one or two clients and then as time goes on build you up from there.

6 - Care Certificate

In order to pass your probation you need to complete you Care Certificate. You will start your Care Certificate in your induction training and then our training manager will support you to complete this over your first three months.

7 - End of Probation

At around 3 months after starting with us we would anticipate you completing your care certificate and ending your probation. At this stage you will receive a bonus and a pay raise and become a Right at Home CareGiver.

A happy group of people are receiving a large cheque
A group of new care assistants receive their reward for completing their care certificate

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