What to expect when working in a care home

The UK will experience a massive demand for care workers as its population ages, and care homes will continue to be fundamental to meeting vulnerable adults’ care needs. Prestige Nursing + Care is a leading provider of opportunities for people to work in the care industry, with a wide range of roles on offer including jobs in care homes.

What does working in a care home involve?

Working in a care home involves a broad spectrum of duties and tasks. These range from client care responsibilities such as washing, dressing and helping with everyday tasks like paying bills, to providing emotional support or company. Duties and tasks can also stretch to include helping residents take part in leisure activities, such as day trips.

The duties of a care worker are all of equal importance, but some can also be resident specific, given that different people have different needs. Getting to know care home residents is an important part of the role, as a personal approach can help to contribute to residents’ overall wellbeing. Making sure each individual resident is properly cared for to meet their specific needs is of the upmost importance in making a difference to a patient’s quality of life, and is what makes an excellent care worker stand out.

The challenges of working in a care home

Providing residential care can be extremely challenging. As to be expected, there is a huge amount of responsibility that comes with the job, as care home assistants work directly with residents and are charged with their wellbeing. With this responsibility, however, comes the reward and satisfaction of making a difference and improving someone’s quality of life. Some of the challenges a care home assistant might face include caring for those with severe and debilitating conditions like dementia or learning difficulties. Care home workers spend a good deal of time with clients, so overcoming challenges like these is fundamental to establishing the relationship on which good care provision can be built. Some duties can be viewed as intimidating at first, but with the right training and support, care home workers can be fully prepared to handle the these challenges.

Care home training

The training that residential carers receive is extensive and will provide carers with the right knowledge and experience to succeed in a care home environment. Even if they possess little prior experience in care work, after a comprehensive care home training programme they will be prepared for the duties and responsibilities of the work.

Why work in a care home?

Although not an easy job, working in care is one of the most rewarding vocations, according to recent research.  Many care home workers are happy to see the effects of their hard work through the gratitude of the residents and their families.  Furthermore, working in a care home can provide an excellent starting point for a long and varied career, with excellent prospects for career development and advancement into management.

If you are looking for residential care jobs, including care home assistant roles, please contact us, and we’ll be happy to provide you with more information.

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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.