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There's always going to be a need for carers
Member Name: Chloboshoka
Date: 10/03/13, updated on 10/03/13 (245 review reads)
Advantages: Rewarding Career
Disadvantages: Time is your worst enemy
Being a care assistant is perhaps one of the most hardest jobs you can do in a practical sense. But at the same time, many people who work as a care assistant will say it's one of the most rewarding things they've ever done. There are many names for a care assistant such as Support Worker, Nursing Assistant, Clinical Support Worker, Auxiliary Nurse and there's a lot more names for them. But the name dosen't really matter because we all have a duty of care. You will find them in care settings such as; hospitals, nursing homes, day centres or even in a client's own home.
I had very little knowledge of The Health & Social Care sector and it wasn't until people told me I had great potential in the sector until I decided that this was the role I want to take on. I want to be a social, kind and caring person and I want a role that's both challenging and rewarding so this seemed to be the right role for me.
I've had work experience in care homes and even job interviews. All I can see is that no organisation is ever the same. They have to change everything to suit the needs of the clients. In the interviews they will normally ask about knowledge and experience, they don't really take qualifications into consideration, but if you do have qualifications or experience in a Health & Social Care setting it is a big advantage. It is also beneficial not to have a criminal record, as you will always have to do a CRB check if you are successful.
In order to be in this role you have to be a good communicator, a good team player and you also have to be bold enough to report any concerns to senior member of staff. I am a Domiciliary Care Assistant which means I will be caring for clients in their own homes. Some Domiciliary settings will only hire you if you have a clean driver's licence, but some companies are willing to take on anyone who will be an on-foot carer.
No matter where you're hired weather it's in a home, hospital or a company, full training will always be given. The training will vary depending on where you go but for my training I had to watch videos, talk to colleagues and fill in activity sheets. I was also taught how to use the hoist correctly.
My main duties as a care assistant will vary depending on the needs of a client and I must respect their wishes and if I have any problems or concerns I must report them as once. I have a lot of responsibilities whoever my client will be. Every client will usually have a care plan and I will have a mixture of practical and paper work to do. The paper work is a legal document and authorized personnel will use them as records to see any patterns or trends in a client's health so they can have the best care they deserve. And you'll be learning a lot about legislation, policies and procedures.
These are some of the things that can put some people off the job. You will be dealing with a lot of bodily fluids and you'll have to clean them up. This may sound gross, but you should have the right equipment to make sure that you are safe from infection. The rates of pay are various, some are only national minimum wage and some companies you get paid more on weekends and evenings. I know one place that offered over £10 an hour at weekends.
I love my position because I feel as if this can boost my career aspects much more in the later stages and if I like it I can continue to do it. Another reason why people like this sector is because it's flexible and you don't need professional vocations to be considered. It's a real eye-opener for some of the harshest facts of reality.
Summary: There will always be a need for carers.