The care working sector in the UK employs a lot of care workers who work in a variety of jobs. Some of these care jobs may require specific qualifications; some may require previous experience and some may allow the individual to learn the job as they go along even if they have never done anything similar before. All that may be necessary there is the commitment to work in the sector and to help care for other people.
Care jobs are all focused at helping individuals. This may take place in their homes or it may take place in extra care or sheltered housing or in residential homes. There are a variety of roles that a care worker may take on, however. These include:
- Support roles - some care jobs involve helping individuals remain independent enough to stay in their homes so that they don’t have to move out into residential care. Many people, especially older people, cannot look after themselves 100% on their own and this is where a care worker may be useful. So, for example, care workers in support roles may come into the individual’s home and help them get in and out of bed, dressed, washed and bathed and to go to the toilet.
- Household care - many people find that they are housebound for some reason or other or find it hard to get out and about on their own. They may be able to look after themselves in their own homes, either with or without care worker support, but they may need other help. Care jobs that can help here can involve doing the shopping for people, taking them out shopping, helping them with their laundry and cleaning and taking them to important appointments such as doctor’s and hospital appointments.
- Residential based care - some care jobs won’t involve helping people in their homes but will be focused on helping people that live in residential homes. Generally, the care worker will do much the same kind of jobs in this environment but some roles may be focused on specialist skills such as geriatric care and nursing.
Some people move into care jobs because they don’t require any specific qualifications but give them a chance to work with others and to help. Others may move into these roles after specific training or because they have relevant qualifications that can be used in this field.