1. Entry requirements:.
There are no set requirements, but you'll find it useful to have some experience in a caring role. This could be personal experience of caring for someone you know, or voluntary work with an organisation that supports vulnerable people.
2. Skills required
- the ability to relate to people from a wide variety of backgrounds
- skills in communicating with tact and sensitivity
- the ability to remain calm under pressure
Depending on the role, you may need to cope with challenging behaviour.3. What you'll do
You'll be helping people in their own homes or in day centres, residential or nursing homes.
Your day-to-day duties may include:
- getting to know clients and their interests and needs
- helping with personal care like washing, using the toilet and dressing
- food preparation, feeding and giving out medication
- carrying out general tasks like housework, laundry and shopping
- helping clients manage their budget, pay bills and write letters
- supporting families to get used to new caring responsibilities
- giving emotional and practical support to children and young people
- working with other health and social care professionals to provide individual care and development plans
- helping to organise leisure activities
- going with clients to and from a residential home.
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