Ever wondered if you’d make a great care giver? As more people choose to live in their own homes as they get older the need for carers has never been greater. See if you have what it takes to support people around Crewe and Nantwich…
The traditional image of a carer is perhaps of someone who works in a care home. That’s changing quickly. There’s pressure on the NHS, living in shared care accommodation isn’t for everyone, and many people want to retain their independence and carry on living at home.
Sometimes, achieving independence requires a little support. That’s where care givers who visit service users at home can make a really positive difference to people’s lives.
Things that make care givers special
Side by Side Care has a growing team of care givers who enjoy making a difference. They are all different, but they all share a common set of qualities that enable them to provide a quality at-home service to the people who need support.
Here are some of the things that make care givers special:
Patience – being patient and understanding are essential qualities when you are helping someone with day-to-day activities. Sometimes you need to take things slower. Sometimes you have to realise that what you consider easy and straightforward might be a challenge to others. Let people move at their own pace, and be ready to assist if and when required.
Empathy – showing that you care about someone makes all the difference. Empathy and compassion reassures the people you support that you understand them and are there for them. Simple but essential qualities that help you cultivate closer bonds and develop meaningful working relationships that make the difference between a job and a vocation.
Reliability – one thing that crops up again and again when we talk with service users and their families is reliability and consistency. People love knowing that the same care giver will arrive each visit. People will depend on you. That means that you’ll always make every effort to be there, unless there is an emergency.
Respect – whether it’s day-to-day life, or working closely with someone who needs support, showing respect is vital. It’s a two-way thing, and when you show respect you’ll earn it back. Respecting someone’s dignity will help to build a strong bond and develop a solid working relationship.
Flexibility – things change quickly in the care sector. When a service user’s medical or personal needs change, the care giver will need to adapt and make the appropriate adjustments. When the normal routine isn’t right for the user, a quick-thinking care giver will update the right people and put changes in place to maintain the best possible quality of care.
Consideration – being kind and considerate sets us apart. It means taking into account someone’s abilities, waiting patiently, opening doors, being courteous and making people feel special. Little gestures that cost nothing but mean so much.
And, last but not least, care givers should be Trustworthy. When you visit someone’s home, assist them with personal and private matters, there must be 100% confidence that you can be trusted. Sometimes, we must all work hard to gain such trust.
We asked Lesley, Side by Side Care’s Registered Manager, to summarise her thoughts: “What makes a great carer is a person who has compassion for other people, and can also empathise with their situation. You can teach someone how to carry out care tasks, but you can’t teach them about dignity and respect. This is something that people have within them. These are the people that Side by Side Care is looking for.”
Side by Side Care is recruiting
Does this sound like you? It’s certainly a varied and interesting career, dealing with a wide range of different people.
It’s not always about formal education and years of experience. If you can treat people with respect, understand their needs and support them when they need assistance, maybe a career as a care giver could be for you.
Like to know more? Give Lesley a call on 01270 627755 and start the conversation. Alternatively, email your details to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get back to you.