Our CAREGivers are happy in the knowledge that they are making a real difference to someone’s life – simply put, it’s just one of the many rewards of their job. Helping clients to maintain their independence and continue living in their own homes is an extremely rewarding experience.
Margaret has worked for us for over nine years and says there’s nothing better than seeing someone smile and knowing that she’s made a real and positive difference to their lives. Every day is different and a CAREGiver learns something new each day, which helps them grow professionally, on a personal level, while also teaching them a lot about themselves.
Working in care makes you realise that older people still have a lot to offer and are just as funny, entertaining, kind, warm and interesting as any other age group. Their age means they have all sorts of amazing stories to tell and best of all, they actually have the time to share those stories and pearls of wisdom with you, as well as listen to your stories.
It’s an intimate role which means you inevitably develop a close, meaningful relationship with those you look after.
New experiences right around the corner
It’s easy, when you’re young and fit enough to take life for granted. Simple things like getting out of bed on your own and dressing yourself, going for a walk, cooking a meal and moving around the house are so important to a person’s dignity and self-respect – something we carers are very aware of and appreciate every day. Being able to help others to complete these basic but important activities is so rewarding.
It’s great to realise that retirement doesn’t have to mark the end of everything. Our carers are often reminded that new experiences and opportunities are around the corner, no matter what age you are.
It can be demanding, helping people who find everyday activities a challenge, but that’s what our carers are there for. Many jobs can be routine and unsatisfying, but this role demands a lot of you but it gives even more back, making it both rewarding and satisfying.
As a Home Instead CAREGiver, you offer so much more than practical assistance – sometimes, you’re the only person a client may see all week, making you their only connection to life outside the home. You might find they regard you almost as family, playing the role of their trusted confidant. It’s an amazing feeling, being needed in this way, and can be genuinely empowering to someone.
What makes Home Instead different?
As specialists in dementia care, we realise that people living with dementia like to see the same face every visit and don’t like to be rushed. With this in mind, we always look to send you to visit the same clients, and all your visits last a bare minimum of one hour, giving you and your client the time you both need to relax and settle in. The services we provide also include:
– Help around the house and shopping
– Personal care
– Overnight care
– Respite care
– 24-hour care
Our CAREGivers tend to work flexible hours, so you can fit your career around other daily activities. This is an ideal job for those who have family commitments or who study. Being flexible allows you to meet your clients’ expectations as well as your own. At Home Instead, we make sure you only look after clients in your local area, so there is no long journey to and from work.
As well as comprehensive in-house training, our CAREGivers are put on National Vocation Qualification (NVQ) Level 2 in Health and Social Care, to enhance their care skills. After completing your training, you can continue to move up the social care ladder.
NVQs go up to Level 7 for managerial staff – a case in point is our very own Care Manager, who started as a CAREGiver and worked her way to the top in just three years.
If you’d like to learn more about becoming a CAREGiver with us, get in touch with Nicole by emailing her a [email protected] or call us on 020 8022 5236.