What are the duties and responsibilities of a care assistant?

Care can be an extremely rewarding field to work in. Unlike many jobs, it provides opportunities every day to help improve people’s standards of living. Care assistants work on the frontline of care delivery, helping individuals to overcome the everyday difficulties they face. Clients for care assistants can include the disabled, elderly, long-term ill and individuals with learning difficulties, so roles can be extremely varied and every day is different.

What are the main responsibilities of a care assistant?

Typical care assistant responsibilities and duties are wide-ranging. The job revolves around helping clients with their immediate needs such as washing, dressing and maintaining their hygiene, as well as helping them with basic day-to-day or administrative tasks like paying bills. However, the care assistant role also includes getting to know clients personally and providing them with emotional support and company, which contributes positively to their wellbeing.

The duties of a care assistant can also extend to helping clients to take part in leisure activities, such as going on day trips. Care assistant duties therefore vary substantially from client to client so that no two days are the same.

A Day in the Life of a Care Assistant

The role of a care assistant is to enrich and enhance the quality of life of their clients. As every client is different and has their own unique care needs, no two days are alike for a care assistant.

In general, your mornings will be spent preparing your client for the day. You may be required to provide a nutritious breakfast, help your client with personal care such as showering and dressing, or gently prompt them to take their medication.

Throughout the day, your duties may include helping with domestic tasks such as emptying the bin, laundry, or washing up. At lunchtime, you may provide lunch for your client if they are unable to prepare it themselves. In addition to cooking nutritious meals, you may help your client to carry out their shopping.

There is plenty of time for leisurely activities too – you can plan simple activities like taking your client for a stroll in the park or facilitating a visit with family and friends. While many of the tasks you will carry out are to help your client remain independent and support them in their day-to-day life, you will also become a source of companionship and support, too.

Before going home, you may be asked to provide a wholesome dinner for your client or help prepare them for bed. They may need help with bathing, toileting, or other personal care tasks.

What skills do I need to become a care assistant?

In terms of what makes a good care assistant, an ability to relate to people from a variety of backgrounds is near the top of the list. This is because care assistants spend a considerable amount of time working with the same clients, some of whom will have little other contact with people so it is important that they are able to form a good working relationship. The nature of the care assistant job role also means that patience and a sense of humour are important.

What does Prestige Nursing & Care expect from their care assistants?

Prestige Nursing & Care places a genuine emphasis on providing clients with companionship, and the duties and responsibilities of a care assistant with us include helping clients to pursue hobbies, and even taking them on holiday. We provide a number of different services to clients in their own homes, and a care assistant’s responsibilities with Prestige range from helping to care for those with dementia or learning difficulties, to providing end of life assistance to people requiring palliative care. Being a care assistant can be a challenging role but it is also one of the most rewarding and fulfilling.

If you’re compassionate, friendly, and looking to make a difference to people’s lives then we would be interested in hearing from you.

Flexible Work Options

Becoming a care assistant provides a number of opportunities for a flexible work schedule. Thanks to this flexibility, a career in care allows you to maintain a healthy work/life balance.

Since visits to a client’s home can be for as little as 1 hour per visit, you can choose between full-time and part-time work. You can even choose specific days or times you are willing to work.

As you will be required to travel to your client’s home across your local area, a UK driver’s licence and access to your own transport are essential.

How do I apply to become a care assistant?

If you think a career in care is for you, Prestige Nursing & Care offer a comprehensive training programme that ensures you are equipped with the right knowledge and skills to be a great carer, even if you have less than 12 months of experience. You can find out more about working for us here.

We have a number of fantastic and flexible roles for care assistants across the UK  available that you can search for here or, alternatively share your details and preferred location for work using this form and we will contact you with any suitable opportunities.

Please visit our jobs and careers page for care assistant job openings and to see an example of a care assistant job description. If you would like to learn more about our Introduction to Care training course, do not hesitate to get in touch with 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.