Considering a career in care? There's more to providing a home care and support service than tea and cake

01 May

Being a Care & Support Worker can be an extremely rewarding job, however many of us believe that care work involves simple visiting someone to have a cup of tea and a chat.

Although this is true for some people who ask for companionship, many people need more support such as personal care, help around the home, or more complex care during an illness or hospital recovery. Home support is enabling them to live independently within their own homes.

Some of these tasks include:

  • Grocery shopping
  • Help with chores in the home
  • Preparing and cooking meals
  • Caring for pets or walking the dog
  • Help getting dressed or undressing
  • Assisting with showering and bathing
  • Getting out and about, and into the community
    … and much more!

There are some types of support we need to provide that enables independent living at home which are more of a sensitive nature. When helping people with more personal daily living, we must ensure that we show the utmost respect, and preserve their dignity.

When considering a career in care, you will need to consider the things you will be asked to do that are of a more sensitive nature. Here are some examples;

Continence Care

When nature calls, many of us have the ability to use the toilet independently, however there are many people, who are unable to do this, which may be due to illness or mobility.

The role of a care worker is to provide a service to support people to live independently. Continence care is a part of that role. Whether you need to assist your customer walking to a commode or toilet, or you are cleaning them, providing pad changes, emptying and cleaning a commode, or empting a catheter bag, it’s all part of the job.

When providing continence support we must remember that in these situations, no matter how uncomfortable it may feel for you at first, it’s much harder for the person you’re supporting.

Remaining professional in these situations and ensuring the person you’re helping feels at ease and comfortable is extremely important.

Menstrual Cycle

Although many of our customers are at an age where menstruation is no longer an issue, we do also provide support to younger women who may need assistance at that time of the month. This may be due to illness or disability.

Dental Hygiene

Some people may need assistance with dental hygiene on a daily basis. Whether your customer has their own teeth or false teeth, they need cleaning daily.

If you are new to care work, then rest assured that you will soon be very comfortable with these things, and able to make each moment count. It is really important that every person has a good experience in their support.

Remember that what you are doing is the difference between them being at home, or being in a care home.

These daily tasks we take for granted in our own life, make the world of difference to the people we support. Never underestimate what a little bit of help can do for  someone’s quality of life.

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