If you’re a care worker, or are considering a role in care, there are lots of transferable skills you will have already or can gain from care work. Nevertheless, we at Clarity Homecare provide full and extensive training when you start with us so that you are confident in your ability and are able to deliver our high-quality services to our grateful service users.
In most roles you will be working with people and working in care obviously entails working with people on quite a personal level, going into their home assisting with various types of care. Within care, it’s also important to enjoy working with people, as for many service users you might be some of the only company they could have that day, so making them feel appreciated will also help.
With care work occasionally being time restrictive, organisation and time management skills are necessary. You don’t want to be rushed when providing care, both so that you can ensure the care is to the best standard and so that you don’t make the service user feel rushed, too.
It’s important that all the services provided are carried out to the best possible standard, in a professional and respectful manner. Working with people so closely, especially with matters such as ill health and handling medication, needs to be done properly and taken seriously.
Commitment to learning
The care industry is often evolving and improving, so this means that skills are having to be learned and improved upon and developed. Therefore, being on the ball with new requirements, rules and procedures is vital in care.
Due to looking after people, often vulnerable and elderly people that may also be suffering from mental health issues, so being kind, compassionate and empathetic is important to make service users feel valued and supported.
Caring largely involves listening, understanding, and recognising an individual’s needs. You need to be patient and work with the service user, not making them feel rushed, embarrassed, or misunderstood. It’s important to be aware of what you say, how you say it, and to be cautious of your body language when working with service users and their families.
Working under pressure
Care work is a versatile job, and often due to unexpected events. It’s important to be able to respond to challenges that come out of the blue and act in a calm, focussed way. Not only can the ability to respond to pressure allow you to provide care to the highest standards, but it can also help you look after yourself.
If you have any of these qualities or want to improve them, then care work is for you. We have Care Assistant roles available, so visit our website to apply to your nearest branch!