Dispelling the Myths about Working in Care

It’s #YouCanCare week!

What is #YouCanCare week?

At Home Instead we understand that there are often misconceptions about what working as a CAREGiver entails. There are lots of myths associated with being a CAREGiver that might stop someone from applying. We want to raise as much awareness that these are not true!

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.

CAREGiver Sue Rushton 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.

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.


Caring roles are only for females


Absolutely not! Care is a job for men and women alike and people of all ages and backgrounds. We have a lot of males who make fantastic CAREGivers – because we match our clients and CAREGivers, sometimes a male CAREGiver works well with a client so they can share an interest in sports or a particular hobby.


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.

If you feel inspired to become a CAREGiver and feel that this may just be the job for you, why not apply today?

Phone: 01895 624 230 or apply online: https://www.homeinstead.co.uk/ruislip-harrow/vacancies/rmiqgr2p-full-time-part-time-caregivers-needed

Just remember-#YouCanCare