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Care Assistant

A Care Assistant/Support Worker is one of the few jobs you can do where you feel you are directly benefiting someone. A Care Assistant/Support worker can do many different things from working with people who have learning disabilities to working with the elderly who have dementia to offering physical support to someone. It is very important that you’re an empathetic and caring person with a good sense of humour as you will be dealing with all types of people during the course of your day and sometimes for long periods of the day or Night
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Care Assistant

Job Description & Responsibilities

Work as a Care Assistant will be determined based on who you’re supporting. Typical Care Assistant duties include:

  • Helping people with daily tasks like washing & dressing and providing personal care
  • Assistance when taking medication, feeding, following care plans
  • Working with other care professionals to implement any requirements for the resident
  • assisting with running leisure activities, doctors appointments at clients request sometimes outside of the home

Care Assistant FAQ's

What Skills & Experience Do I Need?

There are many paths to becoming a Care Assistant

  • BTEC, Diploma, Care Certificate or NVQ
  • All roles within a care environment you will need to provide 5 years of referencing

Formal qualifications won’t be the only requirement. You will also need to show the following:

  • 6 months of working within the UK
  • Valid DBS on the update Service or willingness to obtain one
  • Knowledge of safeguarding
  • Strong communication skills
  • Willing to do personal care tasks
  • Organisational skills
  • Obeservation skills

What's the Average Care Assistant Salary?

The average salary for a Care Assistant is £22,000, although the figure can fluctuate depending on location and experience. As you gain more experience and become more qualified, you will find that your overall salary can increase to over £28,000.

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