Mythbusting: What it's like to be a CAREGiver

Have you thought about a career in care?

Perhaps you’ve been unsure after hearing some of the common myths surrounding the role of the CAREGiver.

We want to help you understand what caregiving entails to help encourage your journey into the care sector.


Here are the top 5 myths surrounding CAREGiving:

Myth 1: CAREGiving consists only of routine tasks.

Many people believe that CAREGivers only have about 15 minutes for each care visit, in which they most complete as much as they can. It is also believed they mostly provide tasked based care such as help around the house, medication reminders and perhaps drive their client to the grocery store or pharmacy if they have time.

But CAREGivers do so much more than that!

At Home Instead we believe that care should be personal, like a family member would provide, making building relationships a top priority. We believe this can’t be done in 15-minute calls, which is why most of are calls are a minimum of 1 hour.

This allows our CAREGivers to provide a large amount of social and emotional support to our clients, which can have just as much impact on their wellbeing as performing the physical activities.

Myth 2: Care workers are unskilled.

CAREGivers 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, especially as the sector must constantly change and grow to meet the needs of the ageing population.  

There are over 50 qualifications at different levels in social care, so no matter what stage you are in your care career there’s always ways to further your skills.

We help support our CAREGivers achieve their NVQs in Health and Social Care, at various levels, as well as offering support and encouragement with further training in specific areas.

Myth 3: Being cared for in your home is only for the very ill.

There really is no place like home, but for many elderly people they may require a little bit of extra help to remain living at home for as long as possible. In these instances, non-medical home care, including personal care and companionship services can be provided by professional CAREGivers.

Non-medical home care often revolves around daily living activities, such as eating, dressing and bathing. The CAREGivers might also help with driving, shopping and doing housework.

Companionship care is vital to those living on their own, to prevent loneliness and isolation. Elderly people often need quality time to have a chat over a cup of tea or have time to have support to get out and about.

Myth 4: All CAREGiving services are 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 companies in today’s market to choose from, but it is recommended for anyone looking to do plenty of research and ask a lot of questions.

At Home Instead, we highly value the views and opinions of our clients and our team, as this helps ensure we deliver the best quality support. This is why we invite them to share their thoughts and submit a review, which can be found here:

Myth 5: Most CAREGivers are middle-aged women.