Why Work in Care?
Considering a career in care?
As a nation, we are often faced with negative news and generalised statements when it comes to working in care. We are surrounded by reasons of why not to work in care, and find it hard not to become passive to the existing stigma around careers within the care system. This month’s blog aims to clear up these misconceptions, and look at how a career in care can be one of upmost fulfilment.
Let’s start with pay. There is a common misconception that care workers are all poorly paid, and this is not the case. Every employer must legally pay the minimum wage, and many social care employers in-fact pay more than this to show that they value their staff. In other ways of showing staff their value, employers often offer additional perks through benefit schemes, such as discounts for retail and services. At Star Homecare we strongly believe in looking after our employees. It takes a special kind of person to be a good carer, and we feel that its important our carers know their worth. That’s why we pay all care staff a wage of £12 per hour, holiday pay, and the added benefit of a Blue Light Card.
Experience and Qualifications
Another grey area when it comes to a working in care is the level of qualifications that are needed. Existing experience and qualifications in Health & Social Care are brilliant, but it not to say that these are essential. If you have the passion, the kind heart, and the flexibility that the industry requires, there is nothing stopping you. You will find that many care companies offer excellent in-house training, with accredited qualifications and experienced mentors to guide you through. At Star Homecare we offer our staff full training, including NVQ 2/3 in Health and Social Care
There are various types of roles within care, each with their own unique positives. Focusing on homecare, there are usually two types of roles: Domiciliary and Live In. Homecare is a type of care that enables those in need to be cared for in the comfort of their own home.
Domiciliary homecare works in a way that care workers have scheduled visits to the home of the person in need. These visits are to assist the individual with their daily routine and tasks. Tasks can range from personal care, meal-times, household tasks, or simple companionship. Whatever the tasks may be, the aim of maintaining the client’s independence always remains the same. As a carer it is important to remember that you are there to support and assist the client, and not take over. Dependent on the client and their needs, there may be several scheduled visits throughout the day. When a client requires several visits, it is common for these visits to be carried out by multiple care workers. It may be that a particular client requires two carers at once, this is known as double handed care. One of the great things about working in domiciliary care is the flexibility. By working on a rota, care workers are able to plan their own lives around their role as a care worker.
So that’s Domiciliary Care, now let’s talk about Live In. Live In care is when the person in need requires, and or desires, round the clock assistance. The client will have one designated carer to live alongside them in their home to provide care as and when it is needed. The Live In carer will have their own room, fit with a television, and access to all necessary amenities. Food and beverage are covered by an allowance, and each day the carer is given to a 2 hour break for lunch and time of their own. Live In clients will often have another carer to cover respite and booked holidays, enabling time off and flexibility for the main carer. As a Live In carer, the services that you provide will vary in accordance to the day-to-day needs of the person you are caring for. One of the great positives of one-to-one care at home is there are no enforced routines. You and your client can build a great working relationship, in a natural setting, that is both comfortable and familiar to the client.
For many, the last year has been a one of solitude. The lack of socialisation left numerous feeling sad and lonely, as the simple joy of day-to-day interaction was lost. As the vaccine has come into play, dwindled spirits have been uplifted, as the prospect of restoring this joy has now become a reality. As a nation, we have a new-found appreciation for human interaction, with care and companionship proving to be the crux of our happiness. There is so much to be gained from a career in care, and with this new found appreciation, now even more so than ever. Working as a care provider does not only benefit the person receiving care, but it is also an extremely rewarding job for the carer themselves. Each day you are helping someone in need, making their life that little bit easier and enjoyable. Knowing this provides a real sense of purpose and achievement, and these are emotions that our minds and bodies are instantly grateful for. Variety and diversity within a career helps to keep our minds happy. When working in care, every day is different, with no person or situation the same. This multiplicity of the role, combined with its emotive rewarding aspects, makes working in care uniquely fulfilling.
We hope that this information has given you a small insight into the wonderful benefits that working in care has to offer. If after reading this, you feel a career in care could be the right move for you, or if you have any questions, please do get in touch.
We would love to hear from you.