Oct 17th Recruitment Day join us for a coffee and a chat
Oct 17th Recruitment Day join us for a coffee and a chat

Join us at our Recruitment Open Day on 17th October 2014 at 10am - 4pm at

Sausalito Coffee Shop 218 Stockport Rd, Timperley WA15 7UA

There are many myths surrounding the role of a carer, so we, at Home Instead Senior Care, thought it was high time to dispel some of these misconceptions and look at why people of all ages should consider a job in care, as well as some of the key traits which make up the perfect carer.


What does a caregiver do?

A caregiver’s role will vary according to the client they are supporting but tasks may include:

  • Accompanying a client to a doctors appointment
  • Providing transportation for errands and activities
  • Planning and preparing meals
  • Light housekeeping such as laundry, dusting, vacuuming etc.
  • Assisting with pet care
  • Medication reminders

Although there may also be an element of personal care involved, the most important aspect of the role is to build up relationships with clients and gain their trust. Encouraging them to do things they love is also important as well as keeping them active and providing company and conversation.

What are the benefits of being a caregiver?

The biggest reward for any caregiver is making a real difference to an older person’s life by helping them to live independently in their own home but there are many more, such as:

  • The opportunity to learn new skills with ongoing comprehensive training, such as our City & Guilds accredited dementia training
  • Flexible hours which fit in around your home life, both part-time and full-time
  • The chance to meet new people and build fantastic friendships with your clients
  • The likelihood of becoming an extended family member 

What makes a good caregiver?

Our team at Home Instead is made up of a variety of different people, of all ages, personalities and outlooks, but here are just a few things that we feel are important qualities in a potential caregiver:

  1. A caring nature – it goes without saying that any caregiver needs to have a caring disposition and feel passionate about making a difference to their client’s lives.
  2. Perfect traits – caregivers don’t necessarily need to have experience in care (we provide full training) but the main traits are compassion, patience, kindness, reliability and good time keeping.
  3. Ability to engage – sometimes it can be difficult to engage with clients who are fiercely independent, who are reluctant to receive support or suffer from conditions such as dementia. That’s why it’s so important to be able to think of new and creative ways to engage with clients such as taking them to interesting places, playing board games, listening to music and looking at old photographs – all of which are also great at stimulating memories.
  4. Someone with a variety of different interests – as we match our caregivers with our clients it’s important that we take on caregivers who share different interests. Carefully matching our caregivers with our clients encourages firm friendships to form.
  5. Someone who knows the community – although it’s not essential, having someone who is familiar with what’s going on in the local community and who knows their way around, is an extreme advantage.

To find out more about joining the team come along to our

Recruitment Open Day on 17th October 2014 at 10am - 4pm at

Sausalito Coffee Shop 218 Stockport Rd, Timperley WA15 7UA

or call The Home Instead in Altrincham & Sale office on 0161 870 1136 or Lucy on 07841 582372


It's great to have a job you can be proud of
It's great to have a job you can be proud of

A group of Home Instead CAREGivers talking
Family welcoming a Home Instead care manager into their home