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Care Worker

Care worker

This role is ideal for you if you have the ability to work on your own initiative, work as part of a team and manage your workload, have good listening and communication skills, are able to follow policies and procedures and able to complete records.

Care workers can work in different settings.

Residential Home
Working in a care home, either residential or nursing will involve supporting people who require care throughout the day. You will also support activities and people with their day-to-day care and health needs as well as their emotional needs.
Tasks may include supporting people with their personal care needs, eating and drinking, with appointments, involvement in activities and undertaking observations.

Home Care
This involves visiting people who live in their own homes and require a little support to help them to maintain their independence and remain in their own homes. You will visit different people throughout the day and at key times when people require support which can mean working long days. You may also provide respite support, to enable carers to attend appointments knowing their loved one is being cared for.

Supported Living
In this role, you will be supporting people who live in their own homes, either in a shared house or in an individual's home or flat. People have varying needs and you will be helping them to live their lives as independently as possible. You'll support their care needs as well as their emotional well-being, assisting people to take part in their interests, education and work opportunities.

You may work with lots of different people including adults with learning disabilities, physical disabilities, substance misuse issues, mental health conditions and older people.

Whilst undertaking the role you will have mandatory training to undertake including refresher and specialist training.
If you want to progress there are opportunities to gain qualifications in care and progress into a variety of roles.

A similar role is a support worker. You could support people to promote their independence and their day-to-day needs, including undertaking hobbies and attending appointments.