What sort of care home jobs are available?

Choosing a career in a care home is a smart choice for many reasons; this work environment is friendly, positive and supportive, and has many different roles to choose from. 

As our general health improves, many of us – and our families – are living to higher ages. Inevitably, for most people there comes a stage where they do not feel safe or confident to live on their own. 

This can be a tough choice for families, but a care home with a kind and compassionate staff makes all the difference.

Care homes are a part of the social care sector that continues to grow in demand – there is no shortage of jobs available, across a vast range of skills!

WHat Roles work in Care a Home?

If you think of a care home as a community in itself that probably makes a bit more sense – there are staff covering everything including: 

  • Catering 
  • Caring for residents
  • Activities organisers
  • Housekeeping
  • Administrative roles
  • Management teams 
  • Gardeners and maintenance

Whether you work as a primary carer looking after residents or provide support service, every role in a care home is essential to the standard of living and care the facility offers!

The benefits of a care home career

Many social care staff choose to work in care homes due to job stability on offer. Usually, working in a care home means that you get to engage in lots of different activities, work with all sorts of diverse residents, and can develop your skills through continued professional development as your career progresses.

Other benefits include:

  • Developing excellent relationships with your residents and their families.
  • Learning from older generations – residents are usually delighted to share some of their stores and experiences, so you’ll need a good set of listening ears!
  • Making a difference – your care makes such an impact on the quality of someone’s life, and even remembering a particular day or helping them with things like Christmas cards is hugely appreciated.
  • Working in a caring team – a care home is a community, and you have the support of a team all around you.

Working in a care home can be a long-term, stable role, or you might choose to work shifts in different care facilities. This offers you the flexibility to develop your skills and take advantage of any promotional opportunities that arise in your place of work.

What different types of care homes could I work in?

There are a considerable number of care homes, mostly private facilities, and so you have a wealth of choice when it comes to the setting you would most like to work in.

You can also check out the CQC reports on care homes, to be able to make informed decisions about where you would most like to work!

Care home settings include:

  • Residential care homes – these can be temporary, long-term, respite care or palliative.
  • Care homes with nursing – some care homes specialise in conditions or illnesses or provide general care with a nursing team available around the clock.
  • Extra care housing – this is a type of care home which is more independent than a residential care home. For example, self-contained apartments with care staff on-site to provide help with meals and personal care.
  • Retirement villages – these usually include independent properties on a dedicated site. Care staff are available 24/7, and residences are fitted with alarms and call buttons.
  • Adult daycare centres – this type of care facility provides help for older people with socialising, meals, and getting out and about with the help and support of social care staff.

Do all care homes care for elderly residents?

Not all – don’t worry, it’s a common misconception! By and large, most residential care homes will predominantly be for elderly residents. However, it is worth remembering that people can need care at any age and for any number of reasons.

Residents of care homes might include:

  • Young adults who are unable to stay in their family home
  • Patients needing palliative care
  • Emergency care for people needing immediate support
  • Residents with physical disabilities or learning disabilities
  • Residential care homes looking after people with mental health issues
  • Care homes for people struggling with alcohol or drug dependency issues
  • Sheltered housing for those at risk, struggling with ongoing conditions, or who are vulnerable

Most care homes, regardless of their client speciality are registered with CQC, it’s always good to check out their rating before accepting a permanent job, that whay you get a little more background on the home. But beware you check the inspection date, it could be years old and no longer relevant!

What hours do care assistants work in care homes?

The hours depend on the home, your role, your organisation, amongst many other things to be honest. But the structure tends to remain the same overall.

  • Early shift (often 8-2)
  • Late shift (often 2-8)
  • Night shift (often 8-8)

Care assistants work shifts on a seven day rota and temporary locums will fit within this rota where there are gaps or vacancies.

Working in care homes and nursing homes includes night work. Some people enjoy working nights for higher rates of pay and less people, meaning you can get on with your work. Others prefer the hustle of the day, busy with people and activities, so it’s really up to you what suits you best!

One of the bonuses of working with OUTT in care homes and for nursing jobs is that you can chose the jobs and shifts that work around your life. Plus you choose the shift location, so it can be nearer home.

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