The truth about working in a care role.
What is working in adult care really like?
The landscape of adult social care is vast. There are more than 1.4 million jobs available at any one time. Job titles are typically care assistant, support worker, home manager, occupational therapist and registered nurse. CAREGiver roles also fall within this sector.
The rewards of working in adult care come in many forms. There are the positive feelings that come with knowing that what you do is making a real difference to someone else. You get to actually see how you are helping, every day. For instance, support from a CAREGiver can make it possible for an elderly client to get out to socialise once again, making their life more enjoyable and fulfilling. You’ll get to experience their enjoyment, in the moment.
The relationships that are built between carers and those receiving care can be genuinely enjoyable for both. At Home Instead, it’s common for our CAREGivers to comment that clients become more like friends. There is real trust there and relationships are never forgotten.
Worries about having to be involved in providing personal care can be a barrier which stops people entering a care role. However, without exception, our CAREGivers find that this issue quickly becomes irrelevant. When they get to know a client, doing what needs to be done in order that the client is comfortable just feels right and not something they even think about.
Some of the ‘myths’ that exist around roles in the care sector are that they are only for older people, are more appropriate for women and don’t offer career progression. None of these claims is factually accurate.
“CAREGiving roles are not for young people”. Untrue. Although the average age of those working in this sector is mid-forties, in fact there are more young people now entering social care careers. The jobs are still satisfying and rewarding, no matter how young, or old, you are.
“CAREGiving doesn’t offer career progression”. Untrue. If you’re willing to learn new skills, add to your knowledge and take on more responsibility, you can anticipate lots of opportunity to advance your career in care. You can get out what you put in and climbing the career ladder to a management position is entirely achievable.
A good CAREGiver can be male, or female because care, compassion, empathy and patience are not gender specific.
A last word.
Home Instead operates services to support older people. We operate in a growing sector and the need for quality care will only grow in the future. If you choose to start a career in care, you potentially have a rewarding role for life.
Don’t be put off if you don’t have any care experience. At Home Instead, you’ll be fully trained before you start your role and fully supported by our office team every step of the way.