How to become a personal care assistant

Are you interested in becoming a personal care assistant? Find out more about personal care and the current vacancies with Prestige Nursing + Care.

As the population gets increasingly older, the UK is set to see demand for care workers rise. Care workers, including personal care assistants, play an instrumental role in meeting the needs of the elderly and provide much needed support to patients. Becoming a personal care assistant can therefore provide a fulfilling and challenging career.

Prestige Nursing + Care is a leading provider of homecare services and personal care workers for the elderly, and currently have a huge range of roles on offer for those who want to work in the sector.

What is a personal care assistant?

A personal care assistant is someone who looks after a patient who needs social care, typically because of their age or disability. Personal care can often be provided in clients’ own homes, to enable them to live as independently as possible.

Being a personal care assistant can be a very flexible job, and we offer part-time and full time work on different days and at different times to suit your schedule and preferences. For example, the role is suitable for those who already have another part-time job, for someone who’s in college and may just want to work evenings or weekends, or even someone who is largely retired but wants a job for just a few hours a week.

What are the duties of a personal care assistant?

Personal care assistants carry out a wide range of tasks as required by their client. This includes assistance with tasks such as washing, eating and getting dressed, and can also involve helping people get out and about to boost their independence.

It is clear that no two days are likely to be the same and duties may include:

  • Help with day to day activities. Common tasks include cooking and meal preparation, cleaning or domestic activities, social activities – such as shopping, seeing friends or going on holiday – and administrative tasks.
  • More specific healthcare responsibilities, such as looking after dressings, administering medication, and monitoring temperature, blood pressure or respiration as required.
  • In some cases, helping to look after children and pets may also be required.

Personal care skills

Being a personal care assistant involves having a number of useful skills, with some of the most important being the ability to listen, be flexible and show a willingness to learn and respond. Good interpersonal skills are also a valuable asset, and the ability to relate to and work well with others – while also working well independently – is vital.

Working in the care sector – while hugely rewarding – can sometime be a stressful and challenging role so the ability to manage this while remaining calm, especially for the benefit of patients, is of the utmost importance.

How to become a personal care assistant

If you are looking for personal 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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