Becoming a CAREGiver is not necessarily a conscious career choice, or something that a lot of people set out to do once they leave school; but many people will discover caring, and their gift for it, through other circumstances or situations, and truly come to appreciate how incredibly rewarding and fulfilling it can be.
A lot of people can be put off entering in to the caring profession as they think you need to have a medical background, have a number of qualifications, need to have previous experience, or simply are not even aware that it is a viable career. If you enjoy helping others, and are a personable, kind, and easy-going individual, then you can be on your way to becoming a CAREGiver in no time at all.
What are the Rewards of Becoming a CAREGiver?
In short, the benefits of becoming a CAREGiver are almost endless. Each person will find that they will get something different from caring, and find themselves looking forward to seeing each client as if they were seeing an old friend.
Elder care jobs, especially with Home Instead, can often be the solution you are looking for if you have fallen out of love with your regular day job, are looking for extra income to complement your normal salary, or even if you are looking for something to fill your spare time. CAREGivers can work flexible hours to suit you and your availability, but will also receive competitive rates of pay, along with mileage allowance and paid holiday periods.
In addition to these corporate benefits, CAREGivers will be able to forge deep and lasting relationships with their clients, and actively see the difference their time and support is making. Whether it is taking someone out for a walk, preparing their favourite meal, helping them get around, or even having a chat over a cup of tea, your time spent with each client will be extremely valuable, often in ways you can’t even imagine. One of our CAREGivers finds that one of her clients takes great comfort from having the radio on for most of the day, but when a cleaner visits and unplugs it in order to use the vacuum cleaner she also forgets to turn it back on. Our CAREGiver is able to significantly reduce the anxiety and fear of her client by doing something as simple as ensuring the radio is turned on. Learning these personal little quirks and preferences of each client is something that Home Instead prides itself on.
What Will I Learn as a CAREGiver?
As well as the immensely rewarding relationships and support you are building, becoming a CAREGiver with Home Instead will also build your own personal and professional development.
Our CAREGivers are taken through a comprehensive induction programme, followed by 3 months of mentor support, and further on-going training and development. You will be provided with standard industry training, but will also have the opportunity to achieve a QCF qualification in Health and Social Care, as well as City & Guilds accredited dementia training.
Ultimately, CAREGiving is about improving the quality of people’s lives who might not be able to do so for themselves, but you will also be vastly improving your own quality of life by building meaningful relationships with so many interesting people and achieving immense job satisfaction. That’s not something most people can find at their regular 9-to-5.
Home Instead is currently recruiting for CAREGivers across Birmingham. Please contact us for further information.
For more information about how you become a CAREGiver, and to enquire about our vacancies, please contact us on 01214 565559 or visit our CAREGiver page here.