Dispelling FIVE myths about working in Care

You may have thought about a job in care or may even know people working in the sector. Maybe you’ve just picked up on some of the news talking about what it’s like working in care.

There can often be misconceptions about what it’s like and here at Home Instead, we want to address FIVE common myths which have been answered by our CAREGivers themselves. So, if the thought of working in care appeals to you (or even if it has never crossed your mind!) take a read of some of the myths and realities…


It’s just about personal care


No way! Not all clients receive personal care - in fact a lot of our support is companionship based or helping around the home with things like shopping or cleaning.

CB1 CAREGiver said: “Don’t be put off thinking it’s just about bathing and toileting – yes there may be an element of this, but because we’re given time during the visits to get to know the client, it’s easier because you have formed that relationship with them and it doesn’t feel awkward.”

So, ask yourself this – would you hesitate if it was a loved one? Having that connection with them means that it just becomes part of caring.


I need previous experience or previous training to work in care


Not necessarily! If you don’t have care experience, Home Instead provides full training to become a CAREGiver. We recruit on values not experience. This training gives you all the tools you need to feel confident in your role looking after older people at home.

There’s also full support from the office which can be especially useful during the first few months, if you need, and regular assessments.

If you want to learn more, we offer bespoke training further down the line such as City and Guilds dementia training and end of life training. There are career progression opportunities and opportunities to develop new skills.

Ultimately we’re looking for people with the right personality for the role – someone with a big heart, kind, compassionate and caring.”


Will the care be rushed?


Absolutely not, we pride ourselves on person centred care. Firstly, our visits are a minimum of an hour so there is time to care at each visit. Rather than being focused on delivering ‘tasks’ it’s about what the client needs to keep them comfortable and happy at home and that can be taking the time to cook them a nutritious meal to spending time with them doing their favourite crossword.

Our schedulers also carefully plan the day of a CAREGiver to allow enough time to travel between each client.


Most Caregivers are middle-aged women


This myth might have been true of the past but CAREGivers are a much more diverse group in todays world. Many are men and many are of the millennial generation, between the ages of 18-30. We are also seeing increased numbers of people of all ages who want to do social good, either as an addition to their current employment or because they have retired from work and now find themselves with time on their hands to help others. These are just a few examples of the myths surrounding the role of a CAREGiver, there are many more, however, we hope that this article has helped shine a light on CAREGIVING as a worthwhile and rewarding career where you can make a real difference to someone’s life. At Home Instead we are running a YOU CAN CARE campaign to provide advice and support. You can find it by searching #youcancare on social media.


It’s badly paid and long hours isn’t it?


At Home Instead, we recognise that our CAREGivers deserve fair pay and many offices pay the real Living Wage and above. There are many other benefits working with Home Instead such as office support, bespoke training and advice from our Employee Assistance programme. There’s career progression opportunities and access to industry leading training such as the City and Guilds dementia training and end of life training.

We understand that CAREGivers want a range of hours which fit in with their lifestyle. That’s why we offer a range of committed hours to meet your needs but of course this must meet the needs of clients. It’s not about working long hours but having a choice around the level of earnings you want to make. The rewards of the job are like no other role – you can leave work each day knowing you’ve made a real difference to someone’s life.

“The office team are amazing and always on hand to help,” said CAREGiver in St.Ives. “Whether that’s a quick phone call or popping into the office, you can be guaranteed a warm and friendly welcome, and someone always has time for you. As a CAREGiver you feel so rewarded too, it’s a great job!”

We hope this has helped to dispel some of the most common misconceptions about working in care and has made you consider a job as a CAREGiver at Home Instead.

If you are interested in a CAREGiver position get in touch with Liza in Recruitment on 01223 801 680 or email your CV to [email protected]