Care Jobs

Working for Right at Home UK

Working for Right at Home UK

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.

If you have any questions about any of this then do contact us, if you have not yet applied then Apply for a Care Job now.