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 care assistant duties?
Typical care assistant 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.
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, 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 do Prestige Nursing 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 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.
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 find a job as a carer, even if you have less than 12 months experience.
Alternatively, we have a number of fantastic and flexible opportunities for care assistants across the UK, from Yeovil to Edinburgh and beyond, available right now.