What is the role of a carer?

If you’re considering a career in care, you may be wondering what exactly your role will entail. In this article, we will talk about what the role of a carer is and what skills you need.

One of the main aspects of being a carer is providing support in daily aspects of life to someone who is otherwise vulnerable. This can be elderly people or people living with disabilities who struggle with daily tasks.

Physical Support

A part of being a carer is assisting in areas where it is needed in daily life. This can be day-to-day tasks such as showering, dressing, lifting, giving medication, or attending doctor’s appointments. This physical assistance can also be helping someone move comfortably around their home.

Practical Support

Your carer role can also see you providing practical support – this can be assisting with routine activities such as tidying the house, doing the washing, ironing, preparing and cooking meals, shopping or making sure bills are paid.

Emotional Support

A major part of your role is to provide emotional support to the person you’re caring for. Loneliness rates throughout elderly and vulnerable communities are higher than ever, so providing this emotional support helps to make sure we’re providing the best support possible. This can be listening to old stories, getting to know who they are, encouraging them to do activities they like, attending social events with them, etc.

At Human Support Group, our care colleague’s role is to help promote independence where possible with our customers. We do not believe in home care that strips away independence and dignity, but instead a support structure where someone can live their life comfortably, with the support they need from a friendly face.

Our person-centred support is structured to help promote independence, as well as confidence. Our care colleagues are there to help build our customers confidence and independence so that they can enjoy life.

When recruiting for carers, we do not select based solely on experience – instead, we look for individuals who share the same values as us. Our behaviours here at Human Support Group include:

  • Being clear about what we do and why
  • Saying ‘thank you’ and ‘well done’
  • Celebrating the success of our colleagues
  • We listen, learn and act
  • We acknowledge problems and always seek to find solutions
  • We aim to improve through curiosity, opportunity and challenge

If you have considered a career in care, Human Support Group is the perfect place to start. We are invested in the individuals who work for us and have a structured support scheme to make sure everyone who walks through our doors excels.

To view any of our current vacancies, just click here.

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