Being a Care Worker

Being a Care Worker in Worthing: What Does it Involve?

Care workers play an incredibly important role wherever they work. There are many different types of care workers, some of whom work in care homes, and some of whom work in the private homes of elderly people, like our care workers at Comfort Keepers.

But what does being a care worker actually involve?

Ideal Qualities in a Care Worker for Older People

Care workers have a number of qualities that often come naturally to them. These include patience, understanding and empathy that allow them to provide support and companionship to the people they are caring for. Carers are often good listeners, as well as being hard working and dedicated to their jobs.

There are no age requirements for care workers, so they could be recent graduates or middle-aged people on their second careers. Life experience is valued, making being a home care worker an ideal job for people later in life.

Specialist Training for Care Workers

Our care workers all have to undergo rigorous training and carry out ongoing assessments to ensure they have the skills and the capacity for such a responsible job. We insist that all of our care workers have the skills they need to carry out the wide range of tasks they perform on a daily basis, and it is this that gives family and friends the peace of mind that they need.

We also provide specialist training for stoma care and Alzheimer’s care so that our care workers can deal with these areas effectively and sensitively to maintain their clients’ dignity and self-esteem.

Key Care Worker Responsibilities

Care workers are responsible for a wide range of tasks, and this means that no two days are ever the same – which is one of the great attractions of the job. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Preparing meals, cleaning the house and shopping for goods
  • Providing companionship – this is sometimes the most important thing of all. Elderly people can become lonely, and simply having someone to talk to can help to prevent loneliness
  • Visiting friends
  • Helping out with hobbies and going for walks
  • Grooming and bathing
  • Ensuring clients take their medication
  • Helping with mobility so their clients can maintain an active lifestyle
  • Assisting with special diets

Every Situation Is Unique

We do not have a one-size-fits-all service because every client is unique. All of our clients have different situations and circumstances, and for that reason our care workers must be flexible. This means they have to be attuned to the psychological and emotional needs of their clients so they know what they need and what they like and dislike to provide a higher level of care.

A Job Like No Other

Care workers play such an important role in the community. Many people require care in later life, and highly skilled care workers with the correct training and the right personalities will always be in high demand. They help elderly people as well as their families and friends to feel more confident, relaxed and enjoy life more.

And while it is true to say that being a care worker is a challenging job, it is also incredibly rewarding.

If being a home care worker in West Sussex sounds like the role for you, Comfort Keepers offer supportive and rewarding careers To apply, visit our care worker opportunities page or submit an application form for care worker employment.

Alternatively if there are any questions you have regarding becoming a care worker please feel free to call or email us.

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Jobs FAQs

What shifts or rotas are available for professional carers?

Our branches have a wide variety of hours and rotas which means it’s possible to find shifts that fit in with your life situation, whether you want a full time role or are just looking for a few hours a week. All that we ask is that you commit to the hours you can do two weeks in advance.

Do I need care experience to join?

Six months’ professional care experience is ideal - such as a domiciliary carer, care assistant, homecare worker, support worker or healthcare assistant. However, if you are new to care some branches do offer training leading to care certificates, so please contact the recruitment team to discuss on 0808 239 9716.

Do I need a driving licence?

A full clean driving is required for some roles, but not all. Job roles normally state if a driving licence is required, but if you are unsure then please contact the recruitment team on 0808 239 9716.

What pre-employment checks do you do?

To join Prestige Nursing & Care as a professional carer you will be required to apply for a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check, unless you are registered with the update service.

We can help you apply via your local branch. When you work with children and vulnerable adults a DBS check is a legal requirement. Find out more about DBS checks: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/disclosure-and-barring-service/about.

We also require two professional references, one of which should be your current or most recent employer.

Finally, you will be required to provide proof of eligibility to work in the UK, NI number, ID and proof of address. Your recruiter will talk you through all requirements and support you all the way.

What training do I need to complete before starting work?

You will need to complete both online e-learning modules and virtual training via Microsoft Teams. This is very flexible and can be completed from home as long as you have a compatible device. Find out more about the training we offer.

Is the training free?

Yes, the training is completely free.

Do you offer regular patterns of work?

Yes, our branches offer a wide variety of hours and shift patterns.

Will I be employed by Prestige Nursing & Care?

You would become a member of our team with a contract for services. You would be eligible for things like SSP and holiday, as well as a NEST workplace pension.

How old do you have to be to work as a carer?

You need to be 18 years old to join our care team and there is no upper age limit.

How often will I get paid?

We pay all our professional carers weekly.