A career in care: breaking down myths #YouCanCare

There are some common myths surrounding the role of a carer. During #YouCanCare Week we want to break down some of these myths and encourage people to think about a career in care. The Week is all about promoting the role of carers and we are also highlighting our own CAREGivers and how rewarding they find their jobs - check out more on our Facebook page.

Here are the top 5 myths surrounding caring:

MYTH 1: Caring is only routine tasks

Many people believe that carers only have about 15 minutes for each care visit and they only provide task-based care - help around the house, medication reminders and perhaps drive their client to the shop or pharmacy if they have time. But carers do much more than that. They provide a significant amount of social and emotional support which can be as impactful on their client's wellbeing as those performing physical activities.

MYTH 2: Care workers are unskilled

Carers are among some of the most skilled healthcare workers in the sector. Carers will always have opportunities to increase their skills or specialise in certain areas, and the sector is constantly changing and growing to meet the needs of the ageing population. There are over 50 qualifications at different levels in social care, so it is important to speak to your employer about learning and developing new skills.

MYTH 3: Care in your own home is only for the very ill

Many older people want to live at home for as long as possible, but might require a little bit of extra help around the house. In these instances, non-medical home care, including personal care and companionship services can be provided by professional carers.

Non-medical home care often revolves around daily living activities, such as eating, dressing and bathing and carers might also help with driving, shopping and doing housework. Companionship care is also vital to those living on their own as it helps prevent loneliness and isolation. Having a chat over a cut of tea or coffee and helping people get out and about is the type of quality time that older people most often need.

MYTH 4: All caring services are the all the same

The saying 'buyer beware' is very true when looking for the right home care company. Whether you are a family member, looking for care for a loved one, or you are looking for a job in the care sector, it is important to remember that not all care companies are the same.

There are many options for seniors and their families, and it is recommended for anyone looking for care to do plenty of research and ask a lot of questions, which we encourage in all our client consultations and throughout our relationship with you.

MYTH 5: Most carers are middle-aged women

Traditionally, this myth might be true. But in today's society carers are a more diverse group than many people realise. Many carers are men and millennials (aged 18-30). Even children are providing care for loved ones. And not all carers are family members; these days, friends increasingly likely to step in.

There are many more myths but we hope this list has helped shine a light on caring as a rewarding career where carers can make a real difference to someone's life.

Are you interested in a career in care? Our CAREGivers have a minimum of one hour visits, are fully trained and supported and recommend Home Instead both as an employer and a care service provider. To find out more, check out our Vacancies page.